Bryan Ray Knight
1959 - 2020
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Bryan Ray Knight

Lafayette - Bryan Ray Knight, 61, of Lafayette passed away at home November 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Ann Rinchuso Knight and Edward Ray "Eddy" Knight. He is survived by his son, James Edward Knight, of Los Angeles, California; sister, Kelly Knight Sobiesk, of Houston, Texas; and brother Mark Edward Knight, of Lafayette; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bryan was born in Laurel, Mississippi, July 25th, 1959. Through childhood, he and his family moved throughout the south, and eventually settled in Lafayette in 1975, where he resided until his passing. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1977, and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Bryan co-owned and worked at his family's business, Knight Oil Tools in Lafayette, for over 40 years, notably as director and vice president of the company, until he retired in 2019. He was a gifted oilfield salesman, repeatedly named top salesperson for Knight Oil Tools for many years while at the company.

Bryan's passion in life was his friends. The family has been overwhelmed this week with the outpouring of love and remembrances from Bryan's numerous acquaintances and coworkers from across the country. The common phrase mentioned is his "heart of gold", a dedication that summed up his desire to unconditionally help a friend in need any place, anytime. Together with this, they remember his gift to make us laugh or smile even in the toughest of times.

An avid sportsman, he was a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited. He was also a member of the Krewe of Endymion in New Orleans for over 40 years, and a die-hard Saints fan. Dedicated to his profession, he was a member of the Petroleum Club of Lafayette for most of his career. Bryan was also annually involved in the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition in Lafayette and the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Bryan was a generous benefactor to numerous local charitable and civic organizations and events. Most personal was his passion for all things Ragin' Cajun, including Ragin' Cajun Athletics, the UL Lafayette Foundation and the ULL Alumni Association. He was a director on the Eddy Knight Family Foundation, contributing to hundreds of charitable organizations locally and across the country.

A private memorial service will be held by his family.

In lieu of gifts, contributions can be made in Bryan's name to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, or to the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311






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November 26, 2020
Bryan was a good man. If Bryan considered you a friend he was a friend for life. As the saying goes, do not judge a person till you walk in their shoes. BK, may you rest in everlasting peace. You will be missed by many.
Your friend, Mike Murray
Mike Murray
Friend
November 22, 2020
We will all miss you... lots of memories. Your love and kindness touched many!
Jolene & family
Friend
November 21, 2020
Lived too fast but lived life his way and enjoyed every minute of it. Big heart, generous and caring to many, many people. He was a lost soul always looking for acceptance

Peace be with him and may he be with his mother in heaven
Mickey Broussard
Coworker
November 20, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing,My sincere condolences to his family and friends ... Brian was a good guy that worked very hard and made many friends along the way ...
Susan Patin Crawford
Friend
November 20, 2020
Bryan was a friend of mine since high school. Always kind and generous, and fun-loving. Rest in peace Bryan
Gay Fournet
Friend
November 20, 2020
Bryan was a legend in the oilfield sales. He was loyal, humble, generous, kind and Bryan liftesd up others because of his kind heart. I remember Bryan taking a homeless man from Don's downtown facility then paying for a homeless stranger to have a happy holiday through New Year's. That story is how Bryan lived, no one knew Bryan did this for a homeless stranger who was sleeping outside of Don's Seafood in Lafayette downtown.

I'm a better person for the blessing of knowing Bryan Knight. We will miss Bryan and we will never forget Bryan.

Much love and prayers for Bryan's family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time because we spoke every day for years. God bless you and may God remind you of your strength during this time of grief, Bryan was loved by thousands of people. No one had an unkind word to say about Bryan because Bryan lived in love toward others which included strangers who were homeless.

Kindest Regards,

Vicky Smith
Vicky S Smith
Friend
November 20, 2020
A genuine nice guy, am so saddened to hear of his passing. Always a gentleman and he truly loved people. Rest in Peace Bryan.
Paul Eason
Friend
November 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Henry butler
November 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Peggy butler
November 20, 2020
Rest easy my friend. Peace. Till we meet again
RP Payne
Friend
November 20, 2020
He was a life long friend and I will miss him dearly , he had to be the nicest men I knew and would help any body
RIP my dear friend
Dean angelle
Friend
November 20, 2020
When Bryan moved to Lafayette many people including from other high schools mistook us for each other so we didn’t try to straighten it out we just went with it....we had so many laughs about that and we became good friends he was a genuinely good human being always the same person when I saw him even if years had passed...rest in peace my friend
Chris Bullen
Friend
November 20, 2020
I am honored to call Bryan my friend. He was the most kind, generous and humbled man I have ever met. He was loved by so many people and he never had anything negative to say about others. I look forward to seeing him again! Rest In Peace Bryan and know you will be missed.
Jim Bob Moncrief
Friend
November 19, 2020
RIP my friend...you will be missed by many...
Debi Landry
Friend
November 19, 2020
RIP My Friend
Wade Latiolais
Coworker
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