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Howard Gore Knight, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Tallahassee Memorial Health Care. 
His Homegoing Celebration will be 11:00 am Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 224 N. Martin Luther King, Boulevard, where he was a devoted deacon and dedicated servant. Burial will be in Culley's  Meadowood Cemetery on Timberlane Road. The body will lie in state from 9:00 AM until funeral time Saturday.  The Omega Memorial Service by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., will be held at 6:30 PM Friday, January 11, 2019, at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  
Dr. Howard Knight was a graduate of Tennessee State University and a graduate of Florida A&M University's Law School in 1968. He worked for the Florida Legislature, Probation & Parole Commission and retired from the Florida Department of Transportation as a Minority Business Consultant. After retirement, Dr. Knight became a professor at Florida A&M University where he taught several political science classes where the students often remembered him by his resignating statement, "Don't take any wooden nickels". 
Dr. Knight was also involved in several religious and community organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 220 Quarterback Club, a lifetime member of FAMU Alumni Association and an active member with 100 Black Men of America, where he volunteered and mentored young men.
Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Odies Knight; daughter, Tiffany Estimond and dedicated son-in-law, Fritznel; four grandsons: Khalil, Kaleb, Kyle, and Koby Gore; brother-in-law, T.J. Wilkerson (Cleveland, Ohio), sisters-in-law, Cleo Allen (Mobile, Alabama), Yvonne Wilkerson (Brooklyn, New York) and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dr. Knight was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Grover Cleveland and Mrs. Florence Knight and his nine siblings.

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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Strong and Jones FH
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
    My heartfelt condolences goes out to you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember the scriptures. For Psalms 34:18 says, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed."
    ~ Cheryl Lyde   Mobile, AL
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
    Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. Remember his wonderful spirit and may God give Mr. Knight eternal rest. Sisterly, The Hillsborough County Chapter
    ~ Janice S London   Tampa, FL
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
    My sincere condolences to Sister Knight and her family. Deacon Knight was a beautiful sweet spirit. Great Sunday school teacher, great person... loved by all...I was so sorry to hear about his passing. My prayers go out to you Sister Knight. God Bless...Sis Wilkes
    ~ Sister Roslyn Wilkes   Tallahassee, FL
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez