Philip E. Knight Sr. 1950-2020 Obituary

Philip E. Knight Sr., 70, a resident of Philippi, went to his heavenly home at 6:07 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at United Hospital Center after a short illness.

He was born April 15, 1950, to the late Leondis and Dorothy (Nestor) Knight of Philippi. On Dec. 23, 1969, he married the love of his life, Janet (Green) Knight.

He is survived by a daughter, Jamie (Knight) Burner and companion, Frank Keener, of Philippi; and a son, Philip E. Knight Jr. and wife, Wendy, of Raeford, North Carolina. Grandsons, Shawn R. Burner of Philippi and Levi J. Knight of Raeford, North Carolina; granddaughter, Megan Thompson and husband, Randy, of Princeton; brother, Daniel Knight and wife, Dedra, of St. Albans; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Betty Sisler and husband, Ernie, of Philippi, Karen Upton of Fairmont, Sharon Moats of Philippi, Shirley Manko and husband, John, of Owings, Maryland, Judy Smith and husband, Bill, of West Columbia, South Carolina, John Green and wife, Priscilla, of Philippi, Mary Maxson of Volga; aunt, Marie Knight of Philippi

He was preceded in death by brother, Larry Knight; and sister-in-law, Terry (Green) Olay.

Phil was a 1968 graduate of Philip Barbour High School. He graduated from West Virginia Business College majoring in business and accounting. He began his 50 plus mining career March 9, 1970. He worked for various mines throughout his mining career, currently working for Arch Coal leer South Mines at Philippi.

Phil loved coal mining and was devoted to his job and helping others. Along with mining, Phil and his wife, Janet, owned and operated Knight’s Angus Farm raising Black Angus Cattle. He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home and Crematory 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Monday, Jan. 4, from 3-8 p.m. and on Tuesday Jan. 5, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Rev. Michael Rexroad officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery.

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