Sande Raye Weiss, born September 4, 1959 in Indianapolis, passed away March 14 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
She attended Brownsburg High School. While receiving a B.S. and Master's degree in Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University, Sande started her career at Opryland as a singer/dancer. She also sang with the Ball State Singers and at Cedar Point. She met Louise Mandrell and soon became Director of the Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot for Boy Scouts, growing the effort into the largest celebrity shooting event in the country. While in Ashland City, she served as President of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
In 1997, Sande went on to lead marketing for the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge prior to assuming the General Manager position in 2000. While at the theater she organized and sang at the Louise Mandrell Worship Service as well as with Triumphant Quartet.
When Ms. Mandrell returned to touring and the theatre sold, Sande became the Vice President of WonderWorks. She was instrumental in opening the attraction and oversaw operations, community relations and marketing. Sande then joined the Music Road Resort in 2007 as President/CEO, overseeing operations, marketing and business development for the Music Road Hotel, Music Road Inn and Music Road Convention Center.
Sande was selected by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the State Tourism Committee, representing the entire State of Tennessee. After two years, she was selected to co-chair the State Tourism Committee and, as Chair of the Knowledge Committee, retained responsibility for research as the basis for the State's Marketing Plan.
Sande will be remembered as an avid fisherwoman and shooter. She had a love for life and her smile will be sadly missed. Sande had a desire to win souls for the Lord.
Sande is preceded in death by her sister, Julle Bond. She is survived by her husband Lou Weiss; father, Ed Schrier; mother, Shirley Schrier; sisters, Edde Britt and husband Tracy, Sherre Comer and husband Stan, Susie Bond and husband Dan.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to the Langley Family for their support and generosity and to the staff of Tennova Hospice for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Sande Weiss Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.
The family will receive friends 4-6:45 PM March 20 at First Baptist Church, Sevierville, with a celebration service to follow at 7 PM. Participating in the service will be her father, Rev. Ed Schrier, sister, Edde Britt, Louise Mandrell, Triumphant Quartet, Dr. Eric Littleton and song in tribute by her nephew Drew Comer. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Online condolences may be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 15, 2017