Tahlequah Daily Press

Obituaries

November 15, 2012

William T. Avant

Tenn. — William T. Avant, 77, of Germantown died Nov. 11, 2012, following complications from heart surgery.

Born April 5, 1935, in Cookson, he grew up in Tahlequah.

Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Memphis, Tenn., and joined the Federal Aviation Administration, from which he retired in 1985 as an air traffic controller at the control center.

For many years, Bill was active with Houston High School baseball. “Coach” Avant spent the last years of his retirement maintaining the ball field, and two years ago it was named in his honor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Sallie and Troy Avant; his brothers, Marion and Tom; and a sister, Jewel Carlile. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fredabeth; his children, Lee Avant (Dick Vandenberg) and Joe Avant (Rhonda), both of Germantown; and Marcia Paxton (Jeff) of Dover, Ark.; as well as grandchildren, Tucker Vandenberg, Grey Avant, Austin Paxton, Glyn Vandenberg, Garrett Avant, Ashley Paxton and Chad Avant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the American Heart Association, The Church Health Center, or the charity of your choice. All arrangements are private.

Canale Funeral Directors, 2700 Union Avenue Extended, Memphis, Tenn., (901) 452-6400.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Stocks