William 'Bill' Miles Dechant

Aug 25, 2013

Asheville — William “Bill” Miles Dechant, 56, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, surrounded by his family at his residence.

A native of Brevard, he was a son of June McLean Dechant and the late William Garvin Dechant. Bill graduated from Brevard High School in 1975, Virginia Tech in 1980 and Mississippi State College of Architecture in 1988. He later was owner and principle architect of Dechant Architecture P.A., where he designed many notable buildings in Western North Carolina, including the Bonsai Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum.  He was most recently employed by Haywood Community College as Campus Architect & Director of Campus Development where his contributions will have a lasting impact on the Haywood Community College campus.

Bill was fondly known to many of his friends and family as “Duffer,” but the title he most cherished was “Daddy.” He was an avid Virginia Tech Hokie and Baltimore Orioles fan. Bill was blessed by many friends and family who will always cherish his memory. The family would like to thank his friends for the outpouring of love and support during his battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kimberly Justice Dechant; three daughters, Emma, Addie and Harper Dechant; a sister, Judi Phelan and her husband, Tim; a brother, Tom Dechant and his wife, Kay; one niece, Susan Campbell and her husband, David; two nephews, Dylan and Evan Dechant; his ex-wife, Rhonda Shelton Griffin; and many friends and relatives.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Charles Beall Auditorium at Haywood Community College. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the Haywood Community College Creative Arts Building. At the request of the family, please wear some form of maroon or orange colors in memory of Bill's love for Virgina Tech, "Go Hokies!"

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville City Schools Foundation, Bill Dechant Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship, 85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

An online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.


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