Sam L. & Jan R. Knight
The Herald Democrat
11 Jan 2009
Sam Lanear Knight, 73, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Arrangements
are under the directions of Dannel Funeral Home. A celebration of Sam's
life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at First Baptist Church
in Sherman. Dr. Mike Lawson and Dr. Tom Brandon will be officiating. Visitation
was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at Dannel Funeral Home.
A private interment was held Saturday at West Hill Cemetery.
Sam was born to S.L. and Marie Kidd Knight on July 14, 1936 in Sherman.
After graduating from Sherman High School in 1954, he entered the University
of North Texas and completed his BS degree there in 1958. During his years
at UNT he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. While attending
college, he met Jan Roberson of Grand Saline, and they were married on
Feb. 17, 1957.
Sam started his career with Knight Furniture Company in 1958 and
served as secretary and vice president before becoming president in 1989.
He retired in 1999. Active in the community, he served as vice president
of the Sherman Jaycees, manager of Little League Baseball in the 1950s,
60s, and 70s. He was also vice president and president of Grayson Retail
Merchants Assn. and served on the Board of Texoma Christian School.
At the age of 10, Sam became a Christian and was a member of First
Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Junior Coordinator, Sunday
School teacher and superintendent, and trustee. He deeply loved and was
devoted to his family. A regular spectator at the grandchildrens' special
events of choir, dance recitals and athletic activities, he was known to
them as a loyal supporter and constant source of encouragement.
An avid quail hunter most of his adult life, Sam enjoyed working
with and training bird dogs. Golf was a pastime that he especially enjoyed,
and it brought many friendships.
Predeceased by his parents, Sam is survived by his wife Jan; a daughter,
Gina Gunn and husband David; son Jeremy L. Knight and wife Sherry; five
grandchildren: Sam Knight and wife Jennifer, Jake B. Knight, Beth Knight,
Joey Gunn and wife Leslie, and Julee Gunn; great grandchildren: Samuel
Teddy and Jessy Knight.
Pallbearers were Samuel Knight, Jake B. Knight, Joey Gunn, Alton
Cox, Larry Krum, and Jack Noble. Honorary pallbearers were L.T. White,
Sutton Chambers, Bill Robinson, Dale McCleskey, Cam Gillespie and Gene
Memorials may be made to Texoma Christian School, 3500 West Houston
Street, Sherman, TX 75092 or First Baptist Church, 400 S. Travis, Sherman,