William Knight III

Published 2:59 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2020

William E. Knight III, 70, went to his Heavenly Home on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his beloved family. W.E. was born on Oct. 10, 1949, at McGehee’s Clinic in Franklinton. He graduated from Franklinton High School in 1967, where he played for the Demons baseball team, winning back-to-back State Championships. He then played for Southeastern Louisiana University as a pitcher, where he threw 17 complete games during his four successful years. W.E. loved baseball and passed that love on to his sons and countless other boys that he coached and umpired for many years in Little League and American Legion. He retired as a supervisor after 33 years of service in the Environmental Health Services Department of the Washington Parish Health Unit. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton, where he served as a deacon for many years, worked with young men in the Royal Ambassadors program, and for the last several years was the “Candy Man” to all the children and families that he greeted each Sunday. W.E. was a wonderful husband, father, brother and Poppa. He most enjoyed the time he spent with his sons coaching them in baseball and making precious memories in the outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing and providing expert supervision in the garden. All the great stories and memories shared with his sons as they traveled on hunting trips around the country will never grow old and last a lifetime. The last five years have been filled with cherished memories spent with his young grandchildren.

He is survived by: his wife of 29 years, Cindy Stafford Knight; three sons and daughters-in-law, William E. “Bill” Knight IV and Annette Knight, Jonathan R. and Linda Knight, and Derrick S. and Kelsey Knight, all of Franklinton; precious grandchildren, Olivia Blair Knight and Turner Alexander Knight, and older grandchildren, Seager and Brittnee Knox, and Eden Knox; seven siblings and spouses, Dr. Larry William Knight and Lynn Knight of Hammond, Brenda and Larry Lindig of Cocodrie, Beverly Knight and Frances Landry, both of Franklinton, Lesa Sharkey of Van Alstyne, Texas, Jeffrey Knight of Mt. Hermon, and Gina Meier of Van Alstyne; step-brothers, Raymond Fisher, Glenn Fisher and their families; and also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William E. “Bill” Knight Jr.; mother and step-father, Earline Jones Knight Fisher and D.C. Fisher; several aunts and uncles and other family members.

Visitation was at First Baptist Church of Franklinton (903 Cleveland St. in Franklinton) on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. A Celebration of Life service was held in the church at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, with Dr. Cody Warren and Rev. Randall Garcia officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were all current and prior deacons of First Baptist Church, members of the Steadfast Sunday School Class, Phil Bateman, Allen Boyd, Joey Brown, Murdock Brumfield, Rusty Burkhalter, Lester Dykes, Brent Hoggatt, Tommy Ravencraft and Drew Stevens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the First Baptist Church Building Fund (950 Self St., Franklinton, LA 70438).

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