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Birney "Buddy" LaRoy Hand, Jr.
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Birney LaRoy Hand, Jr. of Knoxville, age 73, died peacefully at his home on November 11, after a brave battle with cancer. He was a Vietnam Vet serving in the Navy as a SEABEE in Vietnam, 1969-1971. Birney grew up in Memphis, where he graduated from White Station High School, winning the Westinghouse Science Foundation Scholarship, and was a graduate of the University Of Tennessee School Of Architecture. He worked in architecture and commercial art with Atelier, S.W.A.T. (Sculptural Wonders and Artistic Technologies), Famous Faces, and contributed to the team that shaped the 1982 World’s Fair. He was a member of A1Arts. He and his partner competed for and designed the bear used in “Bearfoot in the City” competition in Knoxville. Birney loved life, people, sailing, travel, photography and art. He was loved by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Birney L. and Willa Bray Hand; and the love of his life, Catherine Freeman. He is survived by his daughter, Leigh Anne Lenoir Williams; his grandsons, Tyler (Alaina White), and Luke Williams; great granddaughter, Audrey Williams; sister, Cherry Hand Lemonds; nieces, Melody Lemonds and Heather Lemonds Wilson; and his great nephews. A memorial service will be held on December 1, 2017 at 2 pm at East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery, 2200 East Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee. Reception following at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, in the fellowship hall at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America (; Ben Atchley Veteran’s Home Activities Fund; or the American Cancer Society. Click Funeral Home and Cremations – Middlebrook Chapel is serving the Hand family. Condolences may be left online for the family at

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2:00 PM
East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

2200 East Gov John Sevier Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914





3:30 PM
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church

9132 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923


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