Iva Nell Moseley Knight
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KNIGHT, Nell IVA NELL MOSELEY KNIGHT Nell Knight of Decatur, GA, 82, died October 22, 2008 after a lengthy illness. She was born February 12, 1926 to Orene and Marion Moseley. The middle child of three and the only girl, Iva Nell arrived in the world 40 minutes before the doctor could make his eight mile trip to their farm in East Texas. In high school she won awards in spelling, acting, declamation, and girl's half-court basketball, as well as citizenship from the Rotary Club. She married Walker L. Knight, an Air Force private stationed in Tyler in 1943. She worked at the Cotton Belt Railroad until Walker's return from overseas service in World War II. While Walker attended Baylor University, she gave birth to Walker Jr. in 1946 and Kenneth Wayne in 1948. The family moved to Dallas when Walker worked at the Baptist Standard. Nelda Denise was born in 1954. They moved to Atlanta, GA in 1959 when Walker was employed by the Baptist Home Mission Board. Emily Jill was born that year. Nell and Walker joined Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, and she taught three-year-old children in Sunday school for 17 years. Nell grew spiritually during her 49 years there. She also worked at the SBC mission agency in enlisting and assigning volunteers. Nell is survived by her husband of 64 years; her four children and their spouses: Walker Jr. and partner Judson McDonald of Denver, Kenneth and Monika Knight of Cleveland, GA, Nelda and Chaz Coats of Stone Mountain, and Jill and Wayne Howell of Wilmington, NC; four grandsons: Shawn Knight of Atlanta, Chandler Coats of Stone Mountain, Zachary Howell of Wilmington, and Tom and Cassandra Knight of Lawrenceville, parents of great grandson Christopher, as well as by her large extended family. Her family remembers her unwavering faith in family and church, her intense sense of right and wrong, loving strength, her gentleness, unexpected wit and strong support for Walker Sr., especially in his starting SBC Today in 1983, now Baptists Today. Nell's last five years were spent under the loving care of the staff at Arbor Terrace in Decatur, GA. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. October 26 at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers gifts may be given to Oakhurst Baptist Church, or the Oakhurst Recovery Program at 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 or to Alzheimer's Research. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 23, 2008.
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October 31, 2008
Please accept my sincere sympathy. When I came to (& while I attended) Oakhurst, Nell & Walker both went out of their way to make me feel welcome & a part of the community. She leaves a great legacy of faith & action. May you find grace & peace in the days to come.
Jennifer Dawson
October 28, 2008
I was privileged to be the Knight's next door neighbor for 12+ years and always enjoyed greeting Nell in the driveway of their home! Her energy and positivity were contagious. We could all hope to be remembered so fondly. May the peace of the Lord be always with her. My sympathy to Walker and his family.
Stephanie Turney
October 27, 2008
I worked with Nell in Special Mission Ministries at the Home Mission Board. She was such a sweet, loving person. Her picture in the obituary is how I remember her with a bright warm smile for everyone. She was a sincere caring person and I'm grateful for the blessing of knowing her. My prayers are with the Knight family. May God bless you with the peace that passes all understanding.
Lynda Price Baxter
October 24, 2008
Nell Knight will always be dear to my heart! I worked with her in Special Mission Ministries. She was like a second mom to me. Nell was so wise and always had time to listen. Her passion and zest for life was amazing. This obituary certainly captures her spirit. We are all blessed for having known her. The Knight family will be in my prayers!
Gaynell Jackson
October 24, 2008
To Walker and his family, you are all in my thoughts and prayes, as you have been so often these last few years. Nell embodied the fruits of God's spirit -- loving, good, kind, wise, gentle, thoughtful. I am so very grateful to have known her.
Jim Peck
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