James Davis Knight

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Oak Grove MB Church for Mr. James Davis Knight, 81, who died Sunday, February 1, in Washington, DC. Rev. Walker officiated with interment following in the church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James Knight was the seventh child born to the late Claude and Katie Knight in Jefferson Davis County. He attended Oak Grove MB Church.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served tours of duty in Alaska, Canada and Korea. In 1957 he married his former wife, Mary Helen Carter of Carson. The couple had four children, Mynita, Sam, Varis and Debra. He and his family moved to Washington, DC, where he pursued a career as a welder at Washington Stair Iron Works and Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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Mr. Knight later married Evelyn Moore where he gained two additional children, Marcel and Johnathan. He was also coparent to Costalano Jones.

He rededicated his life to Christ and joined Bright Light Baptist Church in Takoma Park, MD.

He loved to fish and watch sporting events. He had a love for football and his team was Washington Redskins.

Mr. Knight was preceded in death by siblings, Thomas J. Knight and Gladys Knight Norwood.

He is survived by wife, Evelyn; children, Varis Knight, Debra Knight Brown (Homer), Mynita (James) Edwards of Washington, DC, and Samuel (Priscilla) Tayor of Jackson, and Marcel Jones of Washington, DC; ten grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four siblings, Ella Ree Jackson and Nellie Walker both of New Hebron, Mary Bilbo of Jackson, and Essie Mae Williams of Detroit, MI; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; former wife, Mary H. Knight.