Wallace S. Knight

Jun 05, 2014

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

CANTON — Wallace Stringfellow Knight, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

He was a native of Waynesville and the son of the late Adam and Nola Sisk Knight. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Adam Knight Jr. and Vernon J. Knight; three sisters, Edna Gordon Knight, Annie Virginia Knight and Jennie Ruby Knight; and a step-daughter, Beverly Griffin.

Wally graduated from Canton High School, received a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia in 1950, and earned a Master of Science in public administration from the George Washington University in 1966. After 30 years of service, he retired from Federal Civil Service and also retired from the United States Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel, infantry.  Wally served as a volunteer Bible reader at two Canton area nursing homes for several years and made 43 mission trips to Central and South America working with Baptist missionaries, a work which he loved.

He is survived by his wife of 45years, Ruth Inman Knight; a son, Wallace Stringfellow Knight Jr., of Warner Robins, Georgia; three daughters, Theresa Kay Allen and her husband, Rodney, of Milledgeville, Georgia, Kristina Siebenmorgan, of Warner Robins, Georgia, and Mary Ellen Miller and her husband, Marvin, of Fines Creek; a stepson, William Bates, of Canton; two step-daughters, Jennifer Turner, of North Carolina, and Deborah Bates, of Melbourne, Florida; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Roy Kilby officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church's African Mission Fund, 5868 Pigeon Road, Canton, NC 28716.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.