Joe Nathan McKnight Jr.
1988 - 2016
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Joe Nathan McKnight Jr.'s life was cut short on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the age of 28; Joe leaves to cherish his memory his beloved son, Jaiden William McKnight; mother, Jennifer McKnight; father, Joe McKnight Sr.; siblings; Johanna McKnight, Jonathan McKnight, Joelisa McKnight and Shabby Brown; grandparents; Barbara and Joseph Franklin and C.W. McKnight; great grandparents, Alfred and Ophelia Lundy and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; Joe was preceded in death by his aunt, Linda Quinn and his cousin, Lillie Lundy. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service at New Home Ministries,1616 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 am; Interment: Restlawn Memorial Park, Avondale, LA; Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave.; Please visit to sign the guestbook.

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, 2016.
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March 5, 2019
Kyle Robertson
October 26, 2017
I still think of this young man gone,almost a year.Rest in Havenly Peace Joe
Mable Jo Nathan
October 26, 2017
Mable Jo Nathan
December 30, 2016
May Almighty God Strenghten His Family. ™®©
Reverend Lolis
December 18, 2016
A Saskatchewan Rough Rider Star in our heart will now always shine in our Land of Living Skies as Riderville cherished the short but exciting time that Joe spent in our small close knit community.
Don & Kim Korzenowsky
December 15, 2016
December 14, 2016
Prayers for the McKnight family.
Joe may be gone but he will NEVER be forgotten.
Rest in Peace
Dana King
December 13, 2016
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Mr. Marvin V. Robillard
December 13, 2016
Matthew McGuire
December 13, 2016
Peace be still... To Joe's family, friends and fans, God will give you the peace that only he can provide.
December 13, 2016
The members of Second New Pleasant Zion of New Orleans send our Condolences and Prayers to the Family for Gods child Mr.Joe McKnight.
Dorothy Curtis
December 12, 2016
To the McKnight family I pray that god give you all comfort and strength in yall time of brevament earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal you all keep holding on to god unchanging hands justice will be serve rest peacefully joe.
Sheena Francois
December 12, 2016
May God comfort you all during this time. This is heartbreaking. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Mcknight family.
Michele McCaskill-Hollingsworth
December 12, 2016
My heart goes out to this young man Rest In Peace Joe N McKnight. My prayer are with your love ones.
Mrs Doris Robinson
December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016
May your family have peace and strength in the days to come.
Leslie Lindsey
December 12, 2016
Jennifer and Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Phyllis Benoit
December 12, 2016
We will meet again.
Ms Jennifer and family hold on to the memories
Touchdown, Joe
Friends for ever..
Buddy Lawson Trojans and the Kenner community
Irvin Bernard, Jr
December 12, 2016
To the family & friends of Joe McKnight u have my deepest sympathy God has picked a beautiful flower he will never be forgotten remember all the good memories of Joe.Remember God has everything in control have a bless day & keep the Faith.
Victoria G Francis
December 12, 2016
Racquel Wells
December 12, 2016
You have our deepest sympathy. Praying for you and your family.
Odell Sr,Odell Jr,Douglas,and Dionne Wilson
Dionne Wilson
December 12, 2016
Condolences to the loved ones of Joe McKnight. So sorry for this untimely loss.

He was part of our family in Rider Nation.
December 12, 2016
Joe's Canadian football family are thinking of you and praying for peace during times of trouble and uncertainty.
G Evans
December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016
I know what it feels like for your son to leave this earth before his parents . It's a hurt no one can help you with but God he will give you a peace no man can give...Sister I'm praying for you and your family...I was your son #1 fan since John Curtis I will miss him dearly but God don't make any mistake...Remembered their nothing to hard for him ... My heart is full but I pray that God gives you strength and endurance on today ...Be bless in the LORD
Yvette Singleton Mattox
December 12, 2016
May the aLord keep you all in his care
December 12, 2016
Praying for Jennifer and the entire McKnight family. This is a very sad situation. Here for you Jennifer if y'all need anything. here for you Jennifer if y'all need anything.
RIP Joe.
December 12, 2016
You'll have my deepest sympathy and condolences. God will take care of you'll in your time of bereavement,he puts no more than you can bear,
Cassandra Burke
December 12, 2016
Praying for your family
Davis Family
December 12, 2016
Our family sends prayers of comfort to the McKnight family. Our two children are Curtis alumni, we hurt for you all. God bless You, we know we will all see him when we get to eternity. Rest in our Lord's loving arms Joe. You will be missed here on earth. So sorry for your loss. Linda and Cliff Crane
Linda Crane
December 12, 2016
Helana R. Lenox-Keller & Family
December 12, 2016
Jamara Miller
December 11, 2016
Praying for the McKnight family
Jesse M Wilford
December 11, 2016
Your CFL family mourns with you. Peace.
Mark Steffich
December 11, 2016
RIH, Buddy Lawson Fam.
Frank & Cedric Seymore
December 11, 2016
Jennifer and family- I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how you are feeling. I have been praying for you and your family for comfort and peace. I know how much your children meant to you. Praying that God will help ease your pain. God Bless, Nurse Jane
Jane Fowler
December 11, 2016
I will keep this family in prayers
Trenese Ferguson
December 11, 2016
Praying for the McKnight family. Remember, God comforts those who mourn. Remain strong!
Lori Jackson
December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Gloria Starwood
December 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.May he rest in peace
Ms G Williams
December 10, 2016
Praying for your family and asking god to give you all the strenght you all need
Jarvis Green
December 10, 2016
Praying for you all!

From the McKnight family
Latasha Monette-McKnight
December 10, 2016
To the McKnight have my deepest sympathies.Your in my prayers.
December 10, 2016
Rest In Peace Joe.....
December 9, 2016
My prayers go out to the McKnight family. May God be with you all during this time. RIP JOE.
Stephanie and Jimmie Walker
December 9, 2016
December 9, 2016
Rest well buddy you were great, my son looked up to by seeing you on TV. Enjoy heaven you will love it.

Clemons family
December 9, 2016
R.I.P. Joe.. My condolences to the family!!!
Dwan Evans
December 9, 2016
For this is GOD,our GOD forever and ever. He will be your and our guide even to death. Psalm23:14
Much love to the MCKNIGHT family, Rosalind Smith-Brown and family
December 9, 2016
R.I.H Joe. You will be truly missed. Go get your wings man. I didn't know you but from what i heard you were good peeps. Why the young go so early but can't question the Lord.
Minnie Shy
December 9, 2016
I didn't know Joe personally I just knew this was the young man who, with Darian, would help carry our Saskatchewan Roughriders into our new stadium and a championship year. I can't get this out of my mind. So stupid and senseless loss of life for a beloved young man as seen in the tributes to him. I am just sick over this. God speed Joe and God take care of your loved ones.
December 9, 2016
Andrea Carter
December 8, 2016
David Brooks
December 8, 2016
I've been knowing Joe from a child, his presence will be missed, praying for his son and the strength of his family!
Michell Virgil
December 8, 2016
December 8, 2016
Condolences to your family .Such an unnecessary tradgedy. Asking God for strength.Amen
Sundy Brown
December 8, 2016
I send my prayers to the Family my God keep given you'll strength
Annie Washington
December 8, 2016
A total shock to Riderville and the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL team, so tragic, may you RIP Joe! O:)
Jaime Svennes
December 8, 2016
Rip Joe.u was a true athelete that came out of Lincoln manor.I remember when u was little throwing that football around.u will truly be missed.
Marcel Williams
December 8, 2016
Rip Joe.u was a true athelete that came out of Lincoln manor.I remember when u was little throwing that football around.u will truly be missed.
Marcel Williams
December 8, 2016
Prayers are going out for you Ms. Jennifer, Mr. Joe, Mr. Elmo, Johanna, Jonathan and y'all families. And always be blessed...
Chanell Richardson
December 8, 2016
Words can't express the pain I felt to learn of your death and the tears that I cried, although I haven't spoken with and seen you in years outside of the NFL still doesn't make me hurt any less. You were a real quiet guy one of the ones that I truly never had a problem with, one that I always seen greatness in. Words also can't express how much you will be missed until everyone see you again REST IN PEACE!!!
Chanell Richardson
December 8, 2016
There's No words I can say to lessing your pain but to let you know God will never put nothing in your way you can't handle and Ms Jennifer my family and I will keep you and your family in our prayers #justiceforjoe

#R.I.P JOE McKnight
Latasha Allen
December 8, 2016
R.I.H JOE,may God be with you & family!
Marlon Vinnett
December 8, 2016
Gone but never will be forgotten RIP Joe
Mavis Thomas
December 8, 2016
My prayers are with Ms. McKnight and the rest of the family...
Kiandra Carriere
December 8, 2016
My heart goes out to the family,patriots, and friends of this young man who was so well liked by so many.May God bless you all and Joe..may you sleep in peace.
Victoria Phillips
December 7, 2016
R.I.P Joe. I'm a true NFL fan and collegefan and I remember when you got drafted to NFL and I remember that had a great outstanding personally. .and I knew you were going to be someone to keep there eyes on....I truly had fun watching you on the feild and I were looking forward to seeing you back on that feild one day...but you can run for God now. You will never be forgotten. .From Greenville S.C..I wanted send my prayers to the family ,may God give you all comfort and understanding that he make know mistakes..God bless you all.
Dorothy Brown
December 7, 2016
Rest on joe
Erika Jones
December 7, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss may God give you peace and Comfort and healing . and I pray Joe get Justice and the stand your Ground law Change ..
Lisa DeFlanders Sanders
December 7, 2016
This really hurts I will miss Joe he was a humble person im praying for Jennifer and her children and family i love yall always and will always keep yall lifted in prayer
Linda Perrilloux
December 7, 2016
Rest easy baby God will see it all through believe that cause he sits high and looks low :-) :-) :-) love Tiffeny Jones
December 7, 2016
To The McKnight Family sorry for your lost.Joe was the son that most mothers pray for.Remember Earth has no sorrows that Heaven can't heal,and to be absent from the body is to be with God. God is a just God ,and in his time he will reveal everything that others are not truthful about.Continue to pray and let the Lord have his way.
Monica Joseph
December 7, 2016
Valenda Newell
December 7, 2016
I taught English to Joe McKnight at Curtis when he was in the 7th grade. He and I share the same birthday, April 16. It is always extremely sad when a former student dies so very young. Having known Joe, I am sure that he has a special spot in heaven and is rejoicing with my other students who have gone on to be eternally present with our Lord and Savior.

I pray that our Savior will find a way to comfort the loved ones and friends that are left behind.

Remembering you Joe,

Mrs. Carol Stutzenbecker
December 7, 2016
My condolences to the family for this senseless tragedy. God be with you.

Linae Annette
Linae Jackson
December 7, 2016
My deepest condolences during this time.
Michael Manolakis, USC 1983
December 7, 2016
Heartbroken learning of Joe's passing, our prayers are with your family.
Margaret & Ricky Tornabene
December 7, 2016
There are no words that can express how sorry I am to hear of the loss of Joe. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a talented young man. You have my deepest sympathy. It is my sincere wish that our loving Heavenly Father grant you peace and comfort to get through this difficult time.
December 7, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss my prayers go to your family
Alfred sr and family Williams
December 7, 2016
My prayers go out to you and your family
Alton Houston, sr
December 6, 2016
My prayers are with you and your family ,God will see you through it all, just hang on in there Joe ran a good race and now he will be walking around HEAVEN ALL DAY WITHOUT A WORRY IN THE WORLD ,STAY PRAYED UP MY FRIEND and KEEP THE FAITH
Veronica, Lucas,Krystal Williams
December 6, 2016
rip joe. my condolences to the mcknight family. he was having a great season in sask. a shock to the football family. my thoughts are with you at this time. from a shareholder of sask.
thomas hiebert
December 6, 2016
Ann Marie S
December 6, 2016
My condolences to the McKnight family. So sorry for your loss.
December 6, 2016
Every since I found out this tragedy happened to him I've been so overwhelmingly just sad , not to mention mad. This is just so wrong in so many ways. Joe is not supposed to be dead at the tender age of 28. He was just baby . He was cheated out of his precious life he once had. I want to also say to the family that I am so sorry for your lost. May he rest in heaven.
Shirley Mosley
December 6, 2016
Rest in peace Joe, no more aches and pains.
December 6, 2016
Sorry for your loss.
G. Freeman
December 6, 2016
So sorry for your loss. A young life taken way too soon. Rest in peace, Joe. Rita Colosimo, chgo, il
Rita Colosimo
December 6, 2016
My condolence goes out to his family and friends. It's truly saddening and it makes us long for a time, as described in Isaiah 2:4, where violence will cease to exists.
Gina Smith
December 6, 2016
Leslie Lewis
December 6, 2016
My condolences to the McKnight Family. I didn't know Joe personally, but I am a Football enthusiasts and have seen him in action. My Prayers to you and your friends. Time was to short for you but GOD WANTED YOU TO COME HOME.
You will be missed.
December 5, 2016
My condolences, prayers and sympathy to the family in the tragedy death of your.beloved Joe. May God comfort and strengthen the family in your bereavement.

Artis.Ac Hudson Sr,
December 5, 2016
My deepest condolences and prayers to the McKnight family. This hurts beyond measure but as a member of the Trojan Family I'm compelled to express my sympathy.
My daughter attended SC from '08-'12 and we had the pleasure of watching #4 her freshman and sophomore years. What an amazing football player!
I pray that time will heal your pain and that you find comfort that others are praying for you during this difficult time.
RIP Joe ... #JusticeForJoe .... #FIGHTON

December 5, 2016
I met Joe when he was a freshman @ US and many times more. A great friend of our son Brian. Joe was an awesome person,we truly loved him. He was kind and humble, he truly loved you.
I am still in shock over his death.
Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. My husband shared many good times with Joe,my heart grieves with you.
Rest in Peace Joe. Our love to you.
Antoinette Cushing
December 5, 2016
Mark Bzdel
December 5, 2016
To The McKnight Family: My Heart Go Out To Your Family So I'm Sending My Condolences And I'am So Sorry For Your Loss With Heartfelt Sympathy, Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal, Rest In Paradise Joe McKnight
Andrea Anderson-Devore
December 5, 2016
My prayers and sympathies go out to the friends and family of Joe McKnight. A young man who was taken violently before he was able to fulfill his dreams. He wasn't a Saskatchewan Roughrider long, but once a Rider, you're always a rider. We are a passionate group who love all our players. RIP Joe, you will be missed by all of us.
Heather Wiebe
December 5, 2016
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