Kenneth J. Knight

  • Born: July 27, 1949
  • Died: June 16, 2021
  • Location: East Norriton, Pennsylvania

Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401

Tel. (610) 277-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

On June 16, 2021 a heart of gold stopped beating.

Kenneth J. Knight, born on July 27, 1949, would have been 72 on his next birthday, the day of his memorial service at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Life Celebration Home. Ken was born in Johnson City, TN to the late Frank and Anna Knight (nee Hilton). He has extended family in Tennessee, Virginia and California, his Aunt Lucy and Uncle Don and many cousins of the Hilton branch and family from his father's side in the upper East Tennessee area.

Ken had been a Medic in the Air Force from 1971 to 1975, stationed in Thailand, where his favorite assignment was as a part of a UN mission administering vaccines and teaching villagers to play softball. He continued his coaching affiliation when he returned to work at the VA in Johnson City where he coached the women's softball team. It was at the VA where he met and cultivated his most devoted group of "favorites", friends who have been steadfast through all manner of life's ups and downs. He also was a graduate of ETSU (East Tennessee State University), whose team agendas (softball, football, and basketball) kept him texting even through his most recent days of hospitalization.

Ken had a larger than life personality. Though he was towering in stature, Ken truly was a gentle giant. You could count on Ken for genuine, thoughtful advice- always with a big sprinkle of sarcasm! He was a connoisseur of junk food (definitely "no-kale diet"), doting cat dad to The Neems and Abby, but most of all he was a devoted friend. With his charming personality, booming voice and a hint of southern accent, it was impossible to not love Ken immediately upon meeting him. Anyone who was a friend of his was treated like family.

Where there was Ken, there was always Gail. After 43 years together, they were inseparable and exemplified true love which was contagious to everyone in their presence. Gail was Ken's best friend and devoted companion. Ken's unwavering loyalty and devotion to Gail could move mountains, and on a lesser scale push her unflaggingly around in wheelchairs post many running-related feet surgeries. And as all who know them, Ken was the most loving son-in-law to Gail's mom, Charlotte, who adored him to her last breath.

In Ken's final days, he succumbed to complications from a successful stem cell transplant. He was being treated by the most wonderfully gifted and devoted oncology and stem cell transplant staff at Jefferson University Hospital for acute myeloma leukemia which he so admirably fought. Though Ken is not here with us today, he has made an everlasting impression on the hearts of all he touched. He will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ken's Life Celebration on Tuesday July 27, 2021 from 10 am to 10:50 am with his Memorial Service at 11 am at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Life Celebration Home of East Norriton, 200 West Germantown Pike. Refreshments to follow in the Funeral Home Cafe prepared by Ana's Corner store, where Ken bought his weekly lottery (same number each week) tickets.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's memory can be made to a charity of your choice or Gracious Friends Animal Sanctuary, 8201 NY- 58, Heuvelton, NY 13654.

To share your fondest memories of Ken, please visit, 610-277-7000.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Gail, Deeply sorry for the news of Ken passing. Patsy and I want you to know how much we thought of Ken and you. I pray for the love of Christ to be with you.

Posted by Patsy Shaver - Family Friend   July 26, 2021

Gail, you and Ken have become store favorites since you first stepped through our doors 10 years ago, we consider you part of our little store family! I am so grateful that of our life journeys crossed paths. Both of you have always been so kind, especially during several personal challenges, a little note, a little something dropped by to say, "thinking of you." The two of you coming in for coffee and lottery, laughing, happy, enjoying life, it's contagious, the good contagious! The memories of Ken with his funny t-shirts, jokes, stories, warm smile, contagious laugh and getting hot dogs, don't tell Gail! (I figure it's safe to say now!) will always be with me.

Posted by Ana Ferry Ana's Corner Store - East Norriton, PA - Friend   July 21, 2021

Gail: We've never met, and its been several decades since I last saw Ken (at the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, about 1991 or so, I'd guess). But we worked together as grocery carry out boys at the Giant Super Market, on W. Walnut Street, in Johnson city, in the 1967-69 time frame. Ken was always in a great mood, and I learned something important from him: go after the biggest task, and let others handle the smaller work. The tradition was for bag boys to avoid bagging the largest orders because they took more time, and required more effort. But I watched Ken see these larger jobs as a challenge, and to take pride in them. He also made more tips from the larger orders (maybe 50 cents, instead of 25 cents). He set a great example for me that I never forgot. My sincerest condolences to you - as a double cat owner myself, I know his cats will miss him greatly, and the world has lost a quality human being.

Posted by Richard Clarke - Woodstock, GA - Acquaintance   July 19, 2021

Dear Gail and family,
I grew up with Ken at East Unaka Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a lot of fun growing up and we enjoyed happy times with our Youth Group there. Ann and Frank were very nice people and friends of my parents, Kyle and Sue Chinouth. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. GOD BLESS. Kyleen Chinouth Kelly

Posted by Kyleen Kelly - Louisville, KY - Family Friend   July 18, 2021

The world has lost a really good person. I was fortunate to grow up with Ken on Barton Street in the early 60's and then on Locust where his mom and dad relocated. He was quick witted, somewhat of a clown and always made me laugh. Although we failed to maintain contact in the later years, I always knew he was a friend. Sorry he left so soon. Mike McComas

Posted by Mike McComas - Gray, TN - Friend   July 17, 2021

Gail, thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Ken was awesome. Great friend and softball coach. We love ya. Gary and Mary

Posted by Mary Lancaster - Johnson City, TN - Friend   July 16, 2021

Ken was a very special friend and will be greatly missed. Thoughts are with Gail and all his friends and family. Jim

Posted by Jim Forgey - Watauga, TN - Friend   July 15, 2021

Family Album

Community Photos

From left: Aunt Ann, Ken, Grandma Hilton Back: Aunt Sissy with Joey In Clintwood, VA mid-1950s (?)
From left: Ken, Bill David, Kitty at Jonesboro home, 1956
Top from left: Betty Hilton, Ken Middle: Bill David, Becky Adkins Front: Joey, Kitty

Community Photos

Shirt says: I've fallen and I can't giddyup (cartoon of fallen horse). 2001
Uncle Frank and Aunt Ann on Flat Top