January 16, 1933 ~ January 5, 2007
William “Bill” Jackson Tennant, Jr., 73, of 15 Tennant Lane, Asheville, died Friday, January 5, 2007, following a long illness.
A son of the late William Jackson Tennant, Sr. and Frances Mills Tennant, he was retired from the US Postal Service. He was a member/past president of the National Association of Letter Carriers branch #248; member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and he worked and coordinated with the letter carriers for mailing with the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
Mr. Tennant was a member/past president of the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville; a past member of the original Western Carolina Orchid Club and a member of the America Herocallis (daylillies) Society.
A past president of the Haw Creek and Reynolds PTA, he coached several of his children’s sports teams and was past president of the East Asheville Recreation Club.
He served on the parish council of St. Lawrence Catholic Church where he also taught Sunday School. He was an active member of St. Joan of Arc parish, Caring Hearts AIDS Ministry and one of the founders of St. Vincent DePaul AIDS Ministry. He also worked with Hospice and Loving Food Resources.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline M. Tennant; children, Fred Tennant and wife Donna, Peter Tennant and wife Dori, Belinda Doyle and husband Dan, Mary Catherine Tennant and husband Michael Tennant, Angela Tennant and husband Bruce Schwartz; grandchildren, Jefery, Cerisa, Alex and Daniel.
A memorial mass will be concelebrated by Rev. Fr. John M. Pagel and Rev. Fr. C. Morris Boyd at 11:00 am Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church followed by a reception.
Memorials may be made to Caring Hearts AIDS Ministry, c/o St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 919 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806; St. Vincent DePaul AIDS Ministry c/o John Barry, 36 Alclare Drive, Asheville, NC 28804; Men’s Garden Club of Asheville, PO Box 633, Asheville, NC 28802 or St. Joan of Arc Building Fund, 919 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
My sympathy to Bill’s family. Bill and I go way back to school days and even working together at Babe Malloy’s. I liked Bill. He was unpretentious and always friendly. During my employed years we would cross paths. He was always pleasant and both of us enjoyed our meetings no matter how busy we were or how short they lasted. He brought an orchid to my wife at the hospital when our first child was born. I’ll miss Bill and will always maintain a good feeling that I knew him.
Bill had been a great inspiration to me when we both were members of the SJA Men’s Club. I have missed him since the club disbanded. Besides the Men’s Club, he and I shared an interest in the Turk’s Cap Tiger Lilly of which he was growing some from seed I gave him. I am sure he is in heaven enjoying beauty far greater than the tiger lilly.
Without knowing Bill for very long, but knowing of his interest and participation in both the MGC-A and Loving Food Resources, I admired him and his courage and optimism in the face of his illness. I share your sense of loss and sorrow and wish for you to know that there are many folks such as me, those who knew Bill from a distance and admired him.
What a wonderful man! I still think of him often when I reflect on my childhood and growing up with you all. He made me feel comfortable and encouraged whenever I was around him. My prayers go out to the family during this time. Love you all! Cindy (Waddell) Hipps
He was a very special man! He was our mailman for years and I also went to school with Angela. My mom told me I would leave him little surprises in the mail box for special occassions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. I remember running to meet him at the mailbox and he always greeted me with a big smile! I know he will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
The Bakers (Eddie, Teddi, Lisa, Traci and Robyn)
We are sending you and your family our heartfelt condolences. We are saddened by your immense loss. We shall fondly remember Bill — his wonderful spirit, his always delightful sense of humor, and his great caring heart. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Ruth and Otto