William "Bill" Rhyne Deitz

February 25, 1928April 8, 2019

William (Bill) Rhyne Deitz 91, loving and much loved father and grandfather of Hickory, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2019 surrounded by his family at Trinity Village in Hickory. Born February 25, 1928, he was the son of the late William Preston Deitz and Helen Rhyne Deitz Knaack. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Clarice C. Deitz, and only sister, Helen Rhyne Deitz Moore of Asheville, NC. Bill was the owner of Deitz & Taylor Jewelers. His father, William P. Deitz learned watchmaking while working at Bisanar Co. Jewelers in the early 1920’s. Later in 1929 he and Doug Taylor opened Deitz & Taylor Jewelers on Union Square. In 1939 William bought out Mr. Taylor and became the sole proprietor until his death in 1964. Bill, who had worked with his father and learned watchmaking, continued the business for another 50 years until his retirement in 2012. The store closed its doors at that time when it was sold to Tim Cline, owner of Bisanar Co. Jewelers. Dad said, “Things have now come full circle.” Bill graduated from Hickory High School in 1945. He attended Lenoir-Rhyne College--(University) while working part-time at Deitz & Taylor. There he met Clarice when she was hired as a summer clerk. After they married in 1949, she became his partner in operating the store and worked by his side until her death in 1993. The success of Deitz & Taylor came not only from Bill’s expertise ability in watchmaking, but also from him in making everyone feel special. He always had time to listen and talk to his customers. He was a member of The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. since 1968, The American Watchmakers Institute, The GIA--Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society, The Kiwanis Club and long-time member of Corinth Reformed Church. He is survived by two daughters, Helen Deitz Catt of the home, Cynthia Deitz Weaver (Ron) Nashville, TN, and son William Rhyne Deitz, Jr. (Joan) Hickory; four grandchildren, Cynthia Catt Howell (Todd), Raleigh, Lori Catt Hostetler (Chris), Raleigh, Ashley Hutton Stringfellow (Edward) Brentwood, TN, George Normal Hutton, V (Sue) Columbia, TN, and seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexander Howell, Nathan and Emily Hostetler, Anna Claire and Hutton Stringfellow and Eastlyn Hutton. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Trinity Village for all their overwhelming love, support, devoted care and kindness, giving our Father a better quality of life during his last years. Our family will always be grateful for each of you. A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, April 13th at 11:00am with The Reverend Bob Thompson and The Reverend Lori Blocker of Corinth Reformed Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Baptist Children’s Home of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-9911 Attn: Michael C. Blackwell or to Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Hickory Funeral Home is serving the family of William Rhyne Deitz.


  • The Baptist Children's Home of NC
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  • GRAVESIDE SERVICE Saturday, April 13, 2019

William "Bill" Rhyne Deitz

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Chris Burns

April 11, 2019

Sad to hear about Bill's passing .......
He was a good friend of my father's and was inspirational in turning my father, grandfather,
and eventually me into watch fanatics.

God's peace and deepest condolences to the family

Clifton Mosteller

April 10, 2019

As you young high school student, I met Mr. Deitz;s father and Mr. Deitz while I worked a weekend job at the Hickory Nut Shop . His father was a wonderful man. After graduation, I worked full time while waiting to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. Those were the days of long engagements. I had little money for anything else but college expenses. Bill father said I could purchase rings and he would keep them in his store safe as I made monthly payments. All worked out and two years later my bride wore a beautiful wedding ring set. I never forgot the "kindness of the father-son" team that made our wedding plans complete. Advance the clock! I seldom get back to Hickory. However, my wife and I noticed Deitz and Taylor had moved on one of our rare visits. We when inside. There was Bill Deitz looking only a bit older and much as his father did in 1962. It was the last day of business. We had a wonderful talk. He remember his dad's desire to help the "kid" who worked next door. I think he may have had a small tear as he looked on the rings on my wife's left hand. That was the last time I saw Bill Deitz. Those rings are no longer on my wife's left hand. They are in a safety deposit box in Nebraska. Alzheimer's is slowly taking her away from me. However, the kindness of father and son help unite a couple for almost 55 years. I will never forget Bill Deitz and his father. The family has lost a dear soul to Heaven. I am sure there are many more stories as mind. I hope others will let the family know how precious Bill and his father were to the people in Hickory.