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Kenneth Knight, Jr.


Mr. Kenneth Knight, Jr., formerly of North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Knight was born December 12, 1932 in Whitehall, IL. He was a Midwestern farm boy who rode his blind horse to his one room school house every day. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and worked in air-sea rescue off Midway Island.
Ken graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He worked throughout the country as a DJ until the Beatles came along and he gave up on Rock & Roll. He spent the rest of his years in Real Estate, first as a Salesman, then as General Manager of Raintree, NC and finally as a home builder with his own business, Harvest Homes, in Shelby, NC. Ken loved traveling, cooking and entertaining. He could make a party anytime or place.
Ken had a life well lived and was a man well loved.
He was predeceased by his wife, Susan, a daughter Vicki Kliever, a son Kemmons Robertson.
Survivors include a sister, Karen Kessler, Staunton, IL; daughters: Linda (James) Brown, Port Ludlow, WA, Nancy Pyanoe, Jonesborough, Shirley Lee, St. Augustine, FL, Kathy (John) Robertson, Advance, NC, Kelli (John) Clark, Salt Lake City, UT; son: K. Parker (Donna) Knight, Oak Island, NC and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.

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Beverly Patton
Even though my cousin Kenny was older than me I still remember his sense of humor. When visiting the farm one summer I remember him hanging onto a milk cows tail while it pulled him up the hill. I still laugh when I think of it. Great guy.
I miss you. I know you are doing good.!
Jeff Trahan
I only met Mr. Knight one time (this Thanksgiving) but appreciated his great sense of humor and kindness, even in the midst of pain made a lasting impression on me. It was a privilege to have met him and I pray for the Lord's comfort to family and friends that had the honor to know and love him so much longer.
He was a kind , loving father. I miss him
I hope you are now traveling anywhere you want ant to go. I will miss you on football Sundays and many other times as well. Love, Kathy ❤️