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 Clubhouse.
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Published on July 8, 2019
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Steve Sides
Jul 09, 2019
Dear Dendy Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Ben's dad's passing. The Dendy family has been so kind to Carter over the years and Carter, Beth, and I want to extend our sincere condolences to you all. May William's memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.
With deepest sympathies,
Steve Sides
The McCain Family
Jul 08, 2019
Sending our love & remembering the boys talking about the “AMAZING” crawfish Boil Mr. Dendy was having for the Masters.
Dallas couldn’t wait to go and couldn’t believe all the crawfish. Somehow it came up that Jackson was going to LSU - and of course Ben and his daddy said come on over Jackson and help us eat these crawfish.
It’s this love of life and hospitality and fun and openness to others that I will always remember about Mr. Dendy.

Thinking of you all and sending our love.