William Christenberry
1936 - 2016
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William Christenberry  
William Andrew Christenberry, Jr., whose intimate photographs of crumbling rural buildings and almost violently verdant landscape of his native Alabama made him one of the most respected and influential artists of the modern South, died Monday, November 28, 2016 in Washington, DC at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra Deane Christenberry; children, Emlyn, Andrew and Kate; five grandchildren; one brother, John Christenberry of Dallas, TX. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW (corner of Harrison Street) Washington, DC on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Following the visitation, Mr. Christenberry will be buried in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after a service there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to IONA House, 4125 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC 20016 or to UsAgainstAlzheimer's, 2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. To leave an online condolence or for additional information, please visitwww.josephgawlers.com   


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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2016.
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March 3, 2017
It was a privilege to study with him in Memphis. Bill Christenberry is responsible for the way I view the world today and for renewing my sense of wonder for things around me. His passing leaves a hole in the lives of anyone who knew this gentle man.
Olive Gamble
December 19, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you look to God for help. He will never allow your foot to slip. God is guarding you. He is the shade at your right hand. Call on him in your distress for help and he will answer you. (Psalms 121:1-8). Your family and friends have my deepest condolences.
December 19, 2016
Sandy and Family

We were out of town and just received the Corcoran Director's Message. We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, and want to express our deepest sympathy.
Fred and Marjorie Pitts
December 11, 2016
My condolences to the Christenberry family for whom I have fond memories during my childhood years in Greensboro, Alabama. William's photographs were phenomenal presentations of the Hale County countryside and a window on the county for people worldwide.
Edgar Torbert
December 4, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family. I studied with him for several years at the Corcoran and he was kind enough to write a recommendation for me for graduate school. He was encouraging, helpful and challenging as a teacher--and a true gift to the art community. His contributions endure...
Dorothy Levy
December 3, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with you.
December 3, 2016
My deepest sympathy for your loss, may our Lord comfort you and may your heart find peace in the words of our Savior Jesus Matthew 6:10.
December 3, 2016
I am so glad to have known Bill and to have studied with him for 6 years at the Corcoran. His wide ranging body of art is exceptional. And his guiding eye as a teacher was a gift to his students.
Sandy, and family, you have my deepest sympathy. May he Rest In Peace.
Beverly Ryan
December 2, 2016
I am sadden to hear about Mr.Christenberry's death. I attended Memphis State where he was my art advisor. He helped make my small art world a much bigger art world. Mary Ashworth Kalmanson
December 1, 2016
Sandy and family, I just want you to know how much of a wonderful and inspirational person Bill was in my life in the years of studying with him at the Corcoran. I know the past few years have been hard for all of you and for Bill but there are so many memories and traditions that I hope will sustain you in dealing with the final loss of him. May these and the love of family and friends support you. I am sorry I will not be able to be at the visitation as I am showing my creative jewelry at a craft show on Saturday, but I do send a hug. All the best, Rona Eisner
Rona EISNER
December 1, 2016
May the Lord Bless You, Keep You, and Give You His Peace. With fond memories of the Christenberry family of Greensboro, Ala.
-Paul & Mary Otts Nelson, and David Nelson
Dr. David Nelson
December 1, 2016
My deepest sympathy for your loss, may our Lord comfort you and may your heart find peace in the words of our Savior Jesus Matthew 6:10.
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