Sandy the Flower Man


Sandy Bell is almost an institution downtown Chattanooga. For decades he has been found riding his bike with a bundle of flowers and a huge smile. Sandy spreads friendship, love and happiness with the offer of a flower, friendly smile, and seemingly unlimited vigor for life. Last December Sandy was diagnosed with cancer. The medical struggle has brought financial problems for Sandy but it certainly hasn’t diminished his sparkling smile.

Sandy and AngelaRecently Sandy met someone who will certainly be a big part of his life.  A young woman from Seattle Washington came to Chattanooga looking for her birth father and found him in Sandy.  Due to an accident when he was a child, Sandy believed he was unable to father children.  The 24 year old Angela Tucker was born in Chattanooga but was put up for adoption as an infant.  She had never met her birth family.  One look at the two of them together and there is no doubt they are father and daughter.  Sandy looks forward to getting to know his only child and spending time with her.

July 18th there will be a benefit to help Sandy meet his medical and living expenses.  The events include benefit concerts at Aretha Frankensteins, the Pickle Barrel, JJ’s Bohemia and other venues in town.  Check Sandy the Flower Man’s Facebook page for details.

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3 Responses to “Sandy the Flower Man”

  1. Eddie Bridges Says:

    Thanks, Rabbit, for covering this story & helping to spread the word. One minor correction to the text: the benefit is actually on Sunday – July 18th, 2010.

  2. Teresa Burt Says:

    Wonderful article and interview! Can you post a link for the online auction you mentioned? Thanks.

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