John Davidson Knight
1937 - 2016
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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. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 18, 2016.
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March 24, 2016
Dear Carolyn,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how much in love you and J.D. were in High School. It has been a long time since I have seen you. But your love for one another has endured the test of time and illness. May our Lord comfort you and your daughter and give you His peace. Your friend, Sylvia Frank Sawyer
Sylvia Sawyer
March 21, 2016
With heartfelt sympathy. You and your family will be in our prayers. In Christ, The Pullen Family
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
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
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
March 20, 2016
RIP Jaybird.
Terry Cooper
March 19, 2016
Thoughts and prayers for you and the family.
Carol Clements
March 19, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and the rest of the Knight family.
Nancy Bazemore Green
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