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Sides was born in Mocksville NC.  He graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis NC, where he met his wife, Edith Honeycutt while serving as her math tutor. Following graduation, he served in the Navy during WWII then attended UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. He studied engineering and architecture.  He worked at Cannon Mills as a draftsman, then he got hired at a firm in Charlotte.  He became a partner with Wilson McCullough and Sides, later McCullough and Sides.  He partnered with Marvin Saline as Saline and Sides, then later with Ray Case.  Sides was known for church design.

1963 - The Edith and Benjamin F. Sides Jr. House, 1510 Burtonwood Circle, Charlotte NC. Sold in 2017 to Shane Johnson. Sold in 2023.


Four houses in the Burtonwood neighborhood.

Source include: Shane Johnson, daughter Mindy Sides.