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OBIT: Mr. Gordon Knight, Age 58, Of Carthage

Mr. Gordon  Knight, a 42 year employee of the William L. Bonnell Co. has died from an apparent heart attack at the age of 58.

Mr. Gordon Knight was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. Monday afternoon February 20, 2017 after arriving at the Riverview Regional Medical Center at 4:39 with C.P.R. in progress. He had collapsed moments earlier at his Smotherman Avenue home.

His pastor Bro. Shane Smith officiated at the 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon February 23rd funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Mr. Knight’s son Daniel delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the Garden of Peace at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Born Gordon Freman Knight in Lebanon on October 20, 1958, he was one of four sons born to the late Willie Gordon “Billy” Knight who died at the age of 67 on December 23, 1986 and Erma Lee Woodard who died at the age of 85 on February 2, 2012.

Mr. Knight and his brothers were reared on the family farm in the Smith Hollow in the Difficult Community.

A brother, Paul Knight, preceded him in death at the age of 40 on August 10, 1992.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson Koby Alan Johnson who died as the result of a drowning in the family pool on June 3, 2006 at the age of 2.

Mr. Knight was united in marriage in Sparta to Hogan Creek Community native Elva Roberts on June 19, 2010.

A 1976 graduate of Smith County high School, he and his wife attended the Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene.

At the age of 16, while still in high school, Mr. Knight began employment at the Bonnell Co. and at the time of his death he was a tool and die repairmen for that company.

Surviving in addition to his wife Elva, of only a little over six years, are three children, Lenee Knight Judd and husband Michael of the Defeated Creek Community, twins, Daniel Knight and wife Rachel of Hartsville and Rachel Knight Taylor and husband Thomas also of the Defeated Creek Community; two brothers, Troy Knight and wife Dorian of Florence, South Carolina, Alton Knight and wife Jill of Hendersonville; fourteen grandchildren, Kylan Johnson, Mackenzie, Michael, Kate and Karlie Judd, Sumner, Daniel, William and Ezra Knight, Kamryn, Destiny and Trinity Taylor, Laken and Hallie Grace Roberts.

The Knight family requests memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.