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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
William Dender

William M Dender Jr.

Sunday, March 10th, 1957 - Sunday, March 24th, 2019
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William Madison Dender, Jr. 62 of Ten Mile, TN, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, March 24th, 2019. Born and raised in McMinn County, he was the oldest son of the late Judge William M. Dender, Sr. and the late Nancy Cantrell Dender.

Always happier outside than in, Will headed west to Colorado after he graduated from the University of Tennessee to become a ski instructor. His desire to live up to his expectations drove him back east where he began a 35 year career in the nuclear power industry. But his love for the outdoors never wavered, and he became an avid mountain biker, scuba diver, backcountry hiker, fly fisherman and golfer. He was also an accomplished guitarist and handyman/Macgyver that could build, fix or repair just about anything.

Will was a remarkable person whose soft heart touched the heart of many. The first to lend a helping hand, the first to feel someone else’s pain, the first to encourage, the first to offer the shirt from his back. He touched many lives as he walked through this one without expecting anything in return. He was grateful and caring, a trusted friend, a loving father, a supporter, a protector, a loving husband and a cherished big brother. He had the courage to go after life and look for its best, and the strength to turn life’s worst into something beautifully graceful and peaceful. When PSP forced Will into early retirement and slowly robbed him of his physical abilities, his spirit remained strong and ever positive. Still able to laugh and find joy in the simple act of living, he was an inspiration to his family and friends. His smile will never be forgotten as it was genuine and free. He wore it often and wore it well.

Will is survived by his wife Cindy Corbett Dender of Ten Mile TN, his children Liza Dender of Atlanta, GA and Chase Dender of Nashville, TN, Allison Dender of Riceville, TN, Joey Corbett of Surfside Beach, SC, Allison Corbett of Roy, Utah, his brothers families Washington C. Dender and Litchfield Carpenter of Atlanta, GA, Mark and Judy Dender of Palm City, FL, Daniel C. Dender and SasaDukan of Baltimore, MD, and Tom and Gina Dender of Houston, TX, his aunt Doris Cantrell of Houston, TX, and his aunt Sarah Cantrell of Knoxville, TN.

There will be a private celebration of life for Will’s family and friends this weekend. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Access Unlimited at www.challengelimitation.org or CurePSP at www.psp.org.
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Rick Ward

Posted at 11:10am
Willie Daug my dearest friend has wings! As much as my heart hurts, I have been blessed to walk a few steps with Will and memories of those steps, helps to replace the pain. Go rest high Brother! Much love Will

Dan Williams

Posted at 06:39am
Will and I grew up together at a wonderful time, I remember riding our bicycles from Etowah to Athens and each time we made the trip we felt so proud. Even though we didn't see or talk to each other for several years after finishing college, I was fortunate enough a few years ago to work with Will again at the local Nuclear Plant it was as we had never missed talking and seeing each other all those years. We will truly miss you my old friend may God take you into his Kingdom and may God watch over your family until we all meet again. Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Posted at 06:39am
Will and I grew up together at a wonderful time, I remember riding our bicycles from Etowah to Athens and each time we made the trip we felt so proud. Even though we didn't see or talk to each other for several years after finishing college, I was fortunate enough a few years ago to work with Will again at the local Nuclear Plant it was as we had never missed talking and seeing each other all those years. We will truly miss you my old friend may God take you into his Kingdom and may God watch over your family until we all meet again. Dan Williams
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jeff wilson

Posted at 03:41pm
I am grieved to read of Will's passing. His life accomplishments are certainly significant and admirable. Will always seemed like a good person and I always expected he'd become a great man, though I had not heard any news of him, since leaving Central. May Will's family and friends be comforted and strengthened by our Lord good grace! - jeff wilson
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Philip Majhor

Posted at 09:29am
Will, My Heart and soul brother . I have Missed you for so long. You will always be in my heart ....forever. Philip
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