William "Bill" Avant '71
August 3, 2020 10:40 AM
updated: August 3, 2020 11:05 AM
William Joseph Avant
July 14, 1949 - July 28, 2020
William Joseph Avant (“Bill”), 71 of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away on July 28, 2020 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Albuquerque, NM in 1949, son of the late William Brown, Sr., and Marguerite Brown Avant. He was the great-grandson of James Bigheart,
Chief of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.
He graduated Texas A&M University in 1971 and was instrumental to the founding of the D-2 Dog Company of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets. He served briefly in the United States Army as a Vietnam War Era veteran before serving for 10 years as a Captain in the
Army Reserves. He was a Corporate Buyer for Southland Corporation and retired after 20 years. His 25-year business career involved employment with three major corporations and a one-year stint with the Department of Commerce.
He remained engaged in the community where he lived as a member of the Reserve Officers Association, the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the National Association of Purchasing Management, while staying active with his various
Bill truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, such as spending time outdoors and with his family. He was widely known for being an award-winning illustrator, along for his love for military history, art, and the Texas A&M Aggie Corps of Cadets.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Peggy Avant; his daughters Terri Foster, Kimberly Tan and Kathleen Avant-Price with their spouses Terry Foster, Samuel Tan, and Ronnie Price, and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Louella Phillips and
numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.