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Roland Kenneth Knight


Roland Kenneth Knight, age 77 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Mr. Knight was born on January 28, 1942 in Macon, Georgia. He spent his early years in Macon and graduated from Lanier High School, Class of 1961. He married the former Charlotte Bivins of Macon, Ga. and soon enrolled at Mercer University in Macon where he earned his Bachelor�s Degree.

He joined the U.S. Navy and served his country Honorably. Upon returning home, he worked for the Bibb Manufacturing Company in Macon, Ga. and eventually became President and CEO of the company. He later owned and operated the Georgia Narrow Fabrics Textile Company in Jesup, Georgia.

In 1991 he joined the Board of Trustees of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Clayton Georgia and also to the Board of Trustees of Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga.

In 1997, he moved to Fernandina Beach, FL where he was very active in community affairs and served as the Chaplain of the Barnabas Center and the Fernandina Beach Police Department. In 2009, Mr. Knight was recognized by the Florida Times Union newspaper as the top Volunteer of the year for Nassau County. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Charlotte Knight and his daughters, Katherine Jennifer Knight and her partner Chiqui Cartagena of New York City, Carol Elizabeth Singleton and husband Donald of Atlanta, Ga., Caroline Spicer Wallis and husband James of Tiger, GA, Molly Armstrong Davis of Fernandina Beach, Fl ; his six grandchildren, Sam, Jackson, Kade, Caroline, Max, Jansyn and five Bosnian sons.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, September 16, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach with Rev. Dr. Wain Wesberry officiating.

A reception will follow after the service in Jim Thomas Hall.

Mr. Knight will rest in the family lot at Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Ga.

Memorials may be made to the Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine Street Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or to The Nassau County Council on Aging, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or to FAITH in Rabun County, Inc P. O. Box 1964 Clayton, GA 30525


HURLEY September 12, 2019
Molly your whole dog park family sends you lots of love and hugs?? I�ve already reached my quota in hugs though. Your Dad is now at peace and hold on to that thought??

ELLEN SCHMIDT September 13, 2019
Charlotte, my prayers are with you and your family. God is now holding his hand until you meet again.. Your heart will be with him forever. God Bless

STEPHANIE SYLVESTRE September 14, 2019
Jennifer, the sadness of losing a dad is only eased by channeling the quiet times and fun times you had with him and the great advice he gave you. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

GREG & JOAN RAINES September 14, 2019
Charlotte, our thoughts & prayers are with you. We know GOD is receiving him with great joy as he is now in his heavenly home.

BETTY AND BOYD EDWARDS September 14, 2019
Charlotte and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We have such fond memories of Ronnie. He was such a blessing to so many people.

SUSAN RODRIGUEZ September 15, 2019
Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear about Roland , he was an amazing man and will be truly missed. Prayers for you and your heart and Family

VERONICA JONES September 15, 2019
Ms. Charlotte, my thought and prayers are with you. My dearest cousin Claudia and I have kept in touch for many years. She spoke highly of her brother. I love Claudia with all my heart and my prayers will continue to be with you all. May Ronnie Rest In Peace! AMEN

LILA MAYO September 16, 2019
Charlotte and family, my heart is with you throughout this time. I am thinking of all of you and praying Gods grace shines on you.

ED & DORIS HOOD September 17, 2019
Mrs. Knight and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times. May God grant you great peace. Your family was so very special to Dario and he always spoke so lovingly of you all.

JADRANKO BIBEROVIC September 17, 2019
My Condolences to the familly I am thinking of all of you and praying .

WALTER �BUDDY� SHURDEN September 22, 2019
Charlotte and family, I was saddened to read of Roland�s death in the Macon Telegraph. When we moved to Madon in 1983, I met Roland through the First Baptist Church of Christ. He reached out to me in several ways, and I naturally always respected and appreciated him. I was delighted to see that he had become the chaplain to the Barnabas Center and the Police Force. God love your family. .

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