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Arthur Avant, a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack, died Nov. 14, 2002, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 78.

Born in rural Rutherford County, Tenn., Avant left Tennessee A&I University in his sophomore year to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He was standing on the dock when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1942.

Avant returned to Tennessee after World War II. In 1953, he moved from Nashville to Buffalo.

He worked on the assembly line at General Motors' Chevrolet plant; on a blast furnace at Bethlehem Steel; and in maintenance at both Bell Coronell Laboratories and Calspan.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Sara E. Tharbs Avant of Buffalo; four daughters, Deborah Avant and Brenda Barrow, both of Buffalo, Arthurette Rogers of Los Angeles and Carmelita Williams of Sharpsburg, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Walls Memorial AME Zion Church, 455 Glenwood Ave. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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