Tragedy struck Alan Jackson’s family this week, and now fans from all around the world are mourning alongside them. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Jackson’s son-in-law – his daughter Mattie’s husband Ben Selecman – passed away after a boating accident.
This heartbreaking incident was the last thing any of them were expecting, and the manner in which Ben pass was just an example of his big heart and pure soul!
According to The Tennessean, Ben was trying to help a woman onto a boat when he fell and took a serious blow to the head. He was rushed to the hospital – but the doctors’ efforts weren’t enough to stop the effects of the fall. Sadly, Ben passed away from “severe traumatic head injuries.”
While Mattie and the rest of Ben’s loved ones stayed silent, his co-workers were quick to share their grief. Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk told The Tennessean his sense of humor and undeniable drive will be sorely missed around the office.
“He was really a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him, but I’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great.”
Following his passing, the Selecmans released a heartfelt obituary detailing his kind soul, devotion to God, and unwavering love for his family. It’s clear from their words that he’ll be missed by everyone.
“Samuel Benton Selecman, age 28, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach, FL, surrounded and beloved by his wife, parents, and close family members. Born on August 21, 1990, in Knoxville, TN, Ben had as big a heart for God as he did ‘God’s Country,’ his self-ascribed name for the hills of East Tennessee where he grew up.
he town of Farragut was home to Ben, his parents, Mark and Brenda, and his younger brother, Cole, from childhood throughout his undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee. His drive, charisma, and heart for justice sent him to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law, where he earned his Masters Degree, Doctor of Jurisprudence. Ben worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Davidson County DA’s Office from April 2017 until his passing.
A man who always put his family first and never met a stranger, Ben had a true disciple’s spirit and a knack for making all those around him feel adored and respected. A lifelong lover of nature and avid hunter and fisherman, Ben cherished God’s creation and found peace and life in the outdoors. An east Tennessee boy through and through, his soul always hummed of classic country music. A committed follower of Christ, Ben lived out the Great Commission with unconditional love for all those he knew, and a humble prayer for those he didn’t.
Ben is survived by his wife, Mattie; father and mother, Mark and Brenda; and his brother, Cole (Morgan).”
Ben was far too young to be taken from this Earth. But, we can rest knowing he’s at peace with God in Heaven. Mattie and her groom will be reunited when He deems the time is right!
Watch Mattie and Ben’s wedding video below. Please send your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.