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03/18/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Jay Knight

John Davidson Rockefeller Knight
(29 May 1937 - 12 Mar 2016)

Hampton High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues this Friday.
     Jay Knight, Hampton High Class of 1955, husband of Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA, passed away at home in Newport News on Saturday, March 16, 2016, at the age of 78. He was the brother-in-law of Harry Simpson ('54) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 03/18/16:

                John Knight



NEWPORT NEWS - John Davidson Rockefeller Knight, known to most as J.D. or just Jay, 78, departed this life on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at home with his family by his side.

Born May 29, 1937 and raised in Hampton, he was one of eleven Knight children of Maggie Rhotenah Benton and Junie Elliott Knight.

He was a Daily Press newspaper carrier and worked for Jack Hollingsworth's Amoco Service Station while in high school. He was a member of Hampton High School's Class of 1955, and was always a proud Crabber.

He was a graduate of Thomas Nelson Community College and attended Christopher Newport University. Jay enlisted in the US Army in 1955, serving his country almost 6 years while earning the rank of Sergeant, and served in the 101st, 82nd, and 187th Airborne units.




He was a Real Estate Broker and owned Knight Realty in Newport News. His hobbies were attending NASCAR races, watching college football and basketball games, listening to country music, running the Noland Trail, but predominately camping in the back of his pickup truck while traveling across country and hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail.

He was preceded in rest by his parents and his brothers Braxton, Thomas, Alfred, and Howard Knight.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 59 years, Carolyn Simpson Knight, and his beloved daughter, Dr. Kelli Knight of Waynesboro, VA, who was his pride and joy.

He is also survived by brothers and sisters Curtis (Dolores), Sandy Baranek, Sonny, June, Tina (Bob Evans), and Earl (Anne) and many nieces and nephews.

He died after a long 7 year battle with Alzheimer's. He was deeply loved and will be missed.

He will be cremated and private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Weymouth Funeral Home.

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Published in the Daily Press on March 18, 2016.
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March 19, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and the rest of the Knight family.

- Nancy Bazemore Green, Poquoson, Virginia

March 19, 2016

Thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

~ Carol Clements, Dover

March 20, 2016
  RIP, Jaybird.

~ Terry Cooper, Newport News, Virginia

March 20, 2016
Will miss "Jaybird", and all the memories of days past. Wishing peace and comfort to those who loved him best. You showed your love, and I'm certain he knew it.

~ Karen Wertz, Newport News, Virginia

March 20, 2016  
I was a good friend of Braxton, and met JD through him. Worked on his truck several times, and remember how his face would light up when he spoke of his daughter. My deepest condolences to the family.

~ Steve Rowe, Newport News, Virginia

March 21, 2016
Dear Carolyn,
Thinking of you in your time of loss. Was impressed as a then-single young lady (in the early 1960's when we worked together at Fort Monroe) by the beautiful example of your devotion to your J.D. Am remembering 54 years later, that your smile was all-the-more-radiant whenever you spoke proudly of your Husband. Sending our condolences to you and your Family.
Joanne and Richard Re

~ Joanne and Richard Re, Hampton, Virginia

March 21, 2016
With heartfelt sympathy. You and your family will be in our prayers. In Christ, The Pullen Family

- The Pullen Family

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March 22, 201

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jay's family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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