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Mrs. Mary W. McKnight

October 11, 1940 ~ October 14, 2021 (age 81)



Mrs. Mary W. McKnight, 81, of Lanett, AL passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at EAMC Lanier in Valley, AL. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM EST Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley with Rev. Gerald Carnes officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST and Sunday from 1:00 PM EST until the service hour.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Early C. McKnight, Jr. of Lanett, AL; son, Early (Wanda) McKnight, III of Tullahoma, TN; two grandsons, Carson (Kelsey) McKnight of Murpheesboro, TN; & Hunter McKnight of Tullahoma, TN; two great-grandchildren, Amelia & Oliver McKnight; brother, Alton (Martha) Whittemore, Jr. of Arnoldsville, GA; niece, Patta (Greg) Wolford of Logansville, GA; great niece, Marguerite Wolford & great nephew, Alexander Wolford; and longtime special friends Lee & Elva Myers.

Mary was born on October 11, 1940, in Elberton, GA to the late Alton Dennis Whittemore, Sr. and Sarah Stephenson Whittemore. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, GA in 1958. She received an Associate Degree from Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA, and a BS Degree from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Auburn University.

She taught school for 17 years in the Chambers County School System. She enjoyed seeing former students around town and catching up with their lives.

She loved spending time with her family. She loved her church family. She was a member of Shawmut United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with friends quilting. She was an avid reader. She was a volunteer at the Chattahoochee Hospice. She also volunteered in the community and served on many boards.

Her parents preceded her in death as well as her in-laws, Early C. McKnight and Julia High McKnight.

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October 16, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley
3700 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854

Funeral Service
October 17, 2021

2:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley
3700 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854

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