Family-Placed Death Notice
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.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 23, 2008.