Stephen Louis Knight, 73, a long-time resident of Lake City, passed away July 3, 2013 at Lake City Medical Center. He retired as Director of Columbia County Environmental Health Services. He was a graduate of Madison County High School, North Florida Community College and Florida State University.
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An Eagle Scout, he had a distinct interest in genealogy, science, the environment, the Civil War, Indian culture and photography to name just a few. Mr. Knight was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts leading many local youths to achieve the Eagle Scout Awards.
His interest in the Civil War began with his great-grandfather, Jesse Flowers, who fought and survived at the Battle of Olustee. Mr. Knight joined the Blue-Grey Army in its second year when he arrived in Columbia County. He helped build the annual Battle of Olustee Civil War re-enactment and participated in many re-enactments around the US. In his role as a re-enactor, "Colonel Stephen Knight" participated in the Civil War movie North and South. He was also a long-time member of the Blue-Grey Army Board of Directors.
His interest in his Indian heritage led him to become a life-long participant in Indian activities across the country. He was a vital leader for the Alligator Festival in Lake City. He was a member of the Lake City Rotary Club, photography clubs and a proud Elder of Broken Lance Native American Church in Wellborn supporting yearly baptisms in Ichetucknee Springs.
The son of the late Aldine W. Knight and Lucille DeLoach Knight Reischman and step-son of the late Jimmie Reischman, Mr. Knight, born in New Orleans, La.. is survived by three daughters, Natalie (Jose) Gavarrette of Birmingham, Ala.; Jennifer (Johnny) Cox of Madison, Fla. and Charity (Andrew) Payne of Julington Creek, Fla.; grandchildren Melissa Gavarrette of Los Angeles, Calif.; Joshua Gavarrette of the US Navy; Austin Gavarrette of Birmingham, Ala.; Lacey Clayton of Madison, Fla. and Trey and Ivie Payne of Julington Creek, Fla.; sister Susan Knight Lamb of Live Oak, one half-sister Ruth Wheeler of New Smyrna, Fla. and brother-in-law Owen Brewer of Tampa, Fla. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Margaret "Margie" Knight.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 7 at Gateway Forest Lawn Funeral Home from 4 - 6 p.m. Services will be held at Gateway Forest Lawn Funeral Home Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Ken Miller officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Fla. with a graveside service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Broken Lance Native American Church, 11272 113th Road, Live Oak, FL 32060. GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida 32025. (386) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of comfort for the family online at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
Published in Lake City Reporter on July 8, 2013