William “Bill” A. Avants, age 77 of Rowlett, Texas, passed away Jan 27, 2018. He was born Oct. 11, 1940, in Morrilton, to William A. and Julia (Kay) Avants.

Bill was a member of Firewheel Bible Fellowship in Rowlett. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Bill married Gaye Montgomery August 30, 1962, in North Little Rock and they shared 55 wonderful years.

He retired from PPG Industries as a supervisor in 2000. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife: Gaye Avants of Rowlett, Texas; sons: Brett Avants and wife Karen of St. Charles, Mo., and Brad Avants and wife Tammy of Rowlett, Texas; sister: Billie Jean Cluck of Fort Smith; brother: Jimmy Avants of Athens, Ga.; and grandchildren: Renee and Krista Avants.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel with Pastor Lee Jarrell officiating. Inurnment will be held noon, Friday, Feb. 2, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with Pastor Brad Russell officiating.