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.