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William "Bill" Miles Dechant


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

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 and director of campus development where his contributions will have a lasting impact on the Haywood Community College campus.

He 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.

He 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.

Survivors include 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 service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 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.

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

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

Wells Funeral Home, Inc. & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


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