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William Robert Dendy

Mr William Robert Dendy, 50, passed away on Thursday July 4, 2019 on a golf trip with

friends in Highlands, NC. Mr. Dendy started work with his father and brothers at Dixie

Dye and Chemical in the 1990s and later founded Dixie Color. Just this year he was

pleased to see the opening of his latest enterprise, Dixie Specialty Yarns which just

opened a new manufacturing plant near Trion, GA.

Mr. Dendy wrestled in high school and college and became involved in youth wrestling

founding a program in LaFayette with his brothers David and Lee. In 2001 he began

coaching LaFayette Middle School, wrestling and coached the team to numerous

championships with his daughter Maddison who helped him by working as stat keeper. His

work with the middle school team and assisting his brother Lee was integral to many

state team and individual title wins for LaFayette High School. After he moved to

Chattanooga, he stayed involved with wrestling and watched his son Ethan win a state

title at McCallie and his nephews wrestle with teams at Baylor. He was extremely proud

of his daughter Maddison upon her graduation from the University of Georgia and

Culinary School in New York. He loved the outdoors and in his free time made many

trips around North America bow-hunting, enjoyed playing golf, and spending time on the

water and playing Zelda with his son Benjamin, who shares his love of animals. He was

extremely grateful that Benjamin recently received a donor liver and would have been

pleased to know that he was able to give back as an organ donor.

Mr. Dendy is survived by his wife of 25 years, Heather Dendy, daughter Maddison

Dendy, sons Ethan Dendy and Benjamin Dendy, mother Kay Dendy, stepfather-in-law

Michael Rosenberg of California, brothers Jim Dendy (Mike) Atlanta, GA, David Dendy

(Lindsay) Atlanta, GA, and Lee Dendy (Catherine) Chickamauga, GA, step brothers

Scott Shaw (Stephanie) Hong Kong, Jeff Shaw LaFayette, GA, nieces and nephews

Hannah Grace, Davis, Ella, Emma Cate, Garrison, Lauren, and Ansley. Additional

surviving relatives include an uncle Bill Loughridge (Karen) LaFayette, GA and cousins

Josh Loughridge, Cole Loughridge, and Luke Potts. He was preceded in death by his

father, Jimmy Ray Dendy Sr and mother-in-law Becky Rosenberg.

A memorial will be held at 4:30 PM Tuesday July 9 at the LaFayette Golf Course


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