James Thomas McKnight was born on July 1, 1944, in Whitmore, Arkansas to the late Inez McKnight. James attended schools in St. Francis County district. His roots were in Forrest City Arkansas, but he left there and became a permanent resident of Dade City Florida. After making Dade City his home he married Annie Smith. His union with Annie produced two children, Stephanie and Stevie. James became a member of St. Luke Church of God Apostolic Faith, under the leadership of Bishop Ethel B. Smith, where he was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. James was ordained as a Deacon, later as a Minister and an Elder in the church. James was known as an awesome speaker and very knowledgeable of the Bible. James is mostly known for his missionary work where he was always visiting and ministering in the nursing homes, hospitals, and to the sick and shut-ins. James was employed with CF Industries for many years until his retirement. He was a very outgoing and loving person who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid walker who loved walking more than driving and could be seen walking or running all over Dade City, as well as at the gym. Early Wednesday morning on February 3, 2021, James answered the call to be with his Heavenly Father. He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Mcknight; brothers, Nelson Mcknight, Harry Mcknight, Leo Mcknight, and Conrad Wilson; sisters, Vera Mcknight, Annetta Parchman, Susie Mcknight, Ora Lee Mcknight, and Elizabeth Robinson.
He leaves to cherish his memories; ex-wife and friend Annie Mcknight; daughter, Stephanie Lee (Elvin); son, Stevie Mcknight (Latasha); grandchildren, Dominique Mcknight, Montasha Battle (Matthew), Shamara Mcknight, Tadarious Harrison, Tabria James, Camron Mcknight, Stevie Mcknight, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Nariya, Domonique, Londyn and Matthew Jr; brothers, Walter Mcknight (Susan), Charlie Mcknight (Felicia), Floyd Mcknight (Lula Mae), Emanual Mcknight (Jeanette); sisters, Janie Mcknight, Joyce Ann Mcknight, Florida Coleman, and Inez Marrs (Troy); special family members, Glenda Ponder and Tanesha Mcknight; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
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