Frederic H. Brandt ’57

The ultimate measure of a man’s life is the lives he touched and the good he did in the world.

Frederic Holt Brandt, age 88, passed away peacefully at home on December 10, 2023.

Fred Brandt touched many people in every aspect of his life. Through his kindness and generosity of spirit, he gained the love and respect of everyone he encountered.

Fred was a lifelong resident of Johnson City, born on May 22, 1935, to the late George Franklin Brandt and Rosalie Jennings Brandt. He graduated from Science Hill High School in 1953, attended Davidson College for two years and then received a BS from the University of Tennessee in 1957. Fred was in the U.S. Army from 1957-58 and in the Army Reserves from 1958-1966 where he attained the rank of Captain. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School and began private practice. Fred worked until a few months ago, continuing as he always had, providing legal advice, words of wisdom, and kindness to his clients.

Fred not only had a long and well-respected career in Law, but also served the Johnson City community through his active participation in various organizations. He served as a Director of the Johnson City Boys Club, the Tennessee Mental Health Association, the Tri-City Head Injury Association and the Watauga Area Mental Health Center. Fred was also a member of the Salvation Army Board, the Crumley House Foundation Board and the Vestry at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Fred and his late wife, Zebbie, were active members of Poplar Ridge Christian Church. Fred and Zebbie committed significant time and energy on mission trips to remote areas of Central America.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Zebbie Tipton Brandt, and by his siblings, Felicia Brandt Lawrence and George Brandt, Jr. He is survived by his three children, Stacey Brandt Nadeau (Rick), Rosemarie Brandt and Stephen Brandt (Deana), along with his stepchildren Joshua Campbell and Justin Campbell. In addition are his loving (and much loved) grandchildren, Jason (Emily), Brandt and Megan Nadeau; Johnathon Brandt; Layla, Leighanna and McKinnley Campbell; Austin Minnick and Channing Blaylock and his great-grandchildren, Ross, Charlotte, James and Addie Nadeau and Cortana Blaylock

A celebration of life for Frederic H. Brandt will be held at a later date in the early spring. If you would like to be notified when the celebration is scheduled, please call Morris-Baker at (423) 282-1521 or email your request to

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that each person touched by Fred’s loving spirit, honor his memory by performing three random acts of kindness. We can think of no better way to honor this remarkable man than by encouraging others to live life the way Fred Brandt lived, treating everyone with kindness and respect.