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Richard Wallace Knight

September 27, 1944 — February 25, 2023

Richard Wallace Knight was born on September 27, 1944, in Murray, KY, to Richard Leon and Frances Virginia Knight. Following the death of his father in 1962, Richard returned to Murray and started working for Lynn Lassiter of Lassiter Plaster Co., Inc. as an apprentice plasterer. Richard met and married Annie Futrell of Mayfield, KY, in 1965. They became the proud parents of Holly Knight and Lindy Knight.

Mr. Knight was a member of the Jaycees and enjoyed the fellowship of various persona, such as Don Overbey, Keith Hill, Fred Wells, Gene Landolt, Hugh Eddie Wilson and Gedric Paschall. Mr. Knight served as the President of the Murray Country Club on three separate occasions. He was named to the Board of Directors of Associated General Contractors. He was on the MCCH Board of Directors and was elected Vice Chairman in April of 1995 and the Administrator's Review Committee in 1995 and 1997. Eventually Mr. Knight became the sole owner and CEO of Lassiter Plaster Company and Southern Wall Systems.

An avid golfer, Knight participated in many local tournaments and was known to be the "organizer" of golf outings to other courses throughout the south-east. He enjoyed people immensely and was rarely seen without a smile. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir. He was a member of the Bill Adams Sunday School Class.

Preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Rhett Knight and Ronald Knight, he leaves two daughters and their families: Lindy Knight of Murray and Holly and her husband, Robert Eardley, of Naples, FL. His grandchildren are David Eardley, Katherine Eardley (husband Matt) Storey, John (wife Victoria) Eardley, Margaret Eardley, Bethany Eardley, Alexandra VanSickle (husband Carson) Hunter, and Richard (wife Sloane) VanSickle. He also leaves five great grandchildren, Liam VanSickle, Isabelle Hunter, Naomi Hunter, Macy Hunter, and Sam Storey. A brother is Roger Leon Knight and wife Deborah of Tallahassee, FL. and sister-in-law Mary Hardy of Boynton Beach, FL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

The funeral service for Mr. Knight will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Murray. Rev. Keith Inman will officiate, and burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. There will be an additional visitation on Saturday, March 4, 2023, prior to the funeral service from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Murray.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105

Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com
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Visitation

Friday, March 3, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

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