James Carl (J.C.) Avant


Funeral services for James Carl (J.C.) Avant, of Wrightsboro, who died on Wednesday, Jan. 6. 2021 in an Austin hospital following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, are set for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Rhonda Troll officiating.

Pallbearers: Wayne Aschenbeck, Jimmy Avant, Brandon Avant, Kyle Bandy, Brent Bandy, Joshua Avant, Kade Avant, Brittany Avant Garcia and Fred Billings. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. immediately prior to the service.

J.C. was born on Jan. 19, 1939 in the Hamon Community, to JC and Mary Malatek Avant, the third of five children born to the couple. He was raised on the Guadalupe River, where he swam, boated, fished, swung from a cable he attached to a limb high in a huge oak tree over the river and generally had a great time growing up with the Zella boys and Hinton’s who lived nearby.

He was married to Bradley Farmer Avant on May 30, 1958 and the next year he followed his father-in-law into working for Southwestern Associated Telephone Co., which later became General Telephone Co.

They lived and raised their three children while traveling with a telephone construction crew up and down the Rio Grande Valley. He spent several years working in Nixon with Jack Bertling and the last few back in Gonzales with two other special friends, Wayne Aschenbeck and Juan Gaytan. He retired front the company after 35 years and was honored with a retirement party by the GTE family.

He is survived by his wife: Bradley; three children: Tommy, Bobby (Connie) and Carla Avant Bandy; grandchildren: Joshua Carl Avant (Melody) and son Henri, Brittany Avant Garcia (Josh), Kade Avant, Kyle Bandy (Samantha), Ryan James (R.J.) Bandy (Robin) and daughter Parker, and Brent Avant Bandy; a brother: Clifton Jim Avant (Patsy); sisters: Louene Ann Eldridge (Joe) and Joyce Avant Campion of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Dorothy Svoboda; and brothers-in-law: Joe Svoboda and Ralph Campion.

SMemorials may be made to the Wrightsboro Cemetery Association or charity of one’s choice. Friends may sign and leave their condolences on the guestbook for J.C. Avant by visiting

Due to current CDC, State and local mandates, protective measures regarding social distancing, limited attendance capacity and the use of personal protective masks will be required for the visitation, chapel service and graveside burial rite. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul St., Gonzales, Texas 78629.