Lillian Gertrude Knight Knight Duke, 91, died Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, N.C. She resided for the past 6 years at Durham Regent Independent Retirement facility in Durham, N.C. to be near her son and his wife. She was born on January 23, 1919 in Thomasville to the late John Knight and the late Clyde Wilson Knight. She was the first of 12 children and was raised in Clarke County.
Mrs. Lillian worked for 23 years at Vanity Fair in Jackson. She later started a second career as a nurse at Jackson Hospital where she retired after 30+ years. During the years at the hospital she worked in the delivery and operating rooms. She was present at the births of numerous children, many of whom she quietly followed over the years. She loved nursing and helping others.
Mrs. Lillian had an outgoing personality, loved to make friends and will be missed. She always said that she loved everybody. She was devoted to her family and friends with whom she enjoyed staying in touch through the telephone and the Clarke County Democrat. She was the historian of the family and had a keen recall of people and events, which she enjoyed sharing with others. She was a wellknown cook in the community and an expert in needlework producing many beautiful clothes, quilts and other pieces.
She was a long time member of the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church in Sandflat enjoyed the many activities of the church and the Sunshine Club. She also attended Sunday services at the chapel in the Durham Regent while living in Durham, N.C.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 20, 2010 at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home. Interment was at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry “Dink” Knight; second husband RA Duke; son, Henry Odel Knight; sisters, Clara “Polly” Knight and Loraine Cave; brothers, WH “Dub” Knight and Dorphus Knight.
She is survived by her son, Johnny Elvis (Judy Nichols) Knight; four sisters, Prunice Todd and Hilda Knight (Coleman) both of Thomasville, Esther Peel of Leland, Miss., and Olene (Roy) Hallman of Bay Minette; three brothers J.C. Knight of Thomasville, Leonard (Catherine) Knight of Grove Hill, and S.M. (Jewel) Knight of Calhoun, Tenn.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Pallbearers were Byron Carlisle, John Gaddis, Jimmy Knight, John Cave, Clint Bagley, and Gary Luker.
Memorials may be made to the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church, 3087 Sandflat Road, Thomasville, AL 36784.
O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directed.