It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our hero William Marshall (Bill) Gantt, age 69, of Seven Oaks Road, Boone. Bill escaped his earthly bounds on Monday, August 31, 2020 at Watauga Medical Center. He arrived into this world on November 24, 1950 in Catawba County kicking and screaming and ready for adventure. He was the son of the late Charles and Bertie Pruitt Gantt and likely the sole perpetrator of many of their sleepless nights and the cause of many grey hairs that appeared on their head. Nevertheless he became a star athlete and the apple of many young ladies eye. Bill was a long distance truck driver for over 30 years and was currently working for Vannoy Construction although making friends, having a wide open joy for life, and telling stories were likely his best vocations. In his spare time he loved the lake, fishing, and riding motorcycles. He was a grand adventurer, hot dog aficionado, spinner of tales, ice cream connoisseur, and a vast well of often useless knowledge. He had a heart of gold and was always up for new adventures, travel, and shenanigans of any kind.
Left behind to continue his legacy of adventure, friendship, support of the downtrodden, and living a great life are his wife Pamela Gantt, his children, Bryan (Bubba) Gantt, Lindsey Gantt, Marcie McGinnis, and William Marshall Gantt Jr, three grandchildren, Meagan and Morgan McGinnis, and Halie Gantt, one sister, Ann Watkins and two brothers, Paul Settlemyre and James Gantt.
A grand Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. Given his great love of animals and his passion for rescuing fur babies the family requests that memorials in his name be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone NC 28607.
Online condolences may be shared with the Gantt family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Gantt family.