Knight, Jeanette

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KNIGHT (COX), Jeanette Carolyn

February 21, 1939 – October 18, 2021

Jeanette Knight went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 18, 2021 after a brief illness. Jeanette was born in rural Gwinnett County Georgia, February 21, 1939 and raised in East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She was a graduate of Russell High School where she was voted "Best Sport" by her high school senior class. After graduation, Jeanette worked while her high school sweetheart, Jim (Jimmy) Knight, pursued his college degree. They married in 1961. She excelled at multiple Executive Secretary positions, but later made the choice to be a stay-at-home wife and mother when their son, Jeff, was born. She was the master of moving as Jim's career took them to California, South Dakota, Colorado (where daughter Julie arrived), Ohio (four times), Iran, Georgia, and San Antonio, Texas. In addition, Jeanette ran the household when Jim was away during a couple of year-long remote overseas assignments. Jeanette made a point of connecting with her community, parent teacher associations, and local church wherever they were stationed.

Jeanette and family settled in San Antonio, Texas towards the end of Jim's 26-year military career in 1978. She had a strong relationship with her Lord and was an active member of Parkhills Baptist Church for the past 25 years. She loved her Encourager's Sunday School Class, where she actively welcomed newcomers, organized class socials, and brought meals and cared for those in need.

Those who know Jeanette can testify that, without exaggerating, she is the most organized person in the world. Everything in her home and her appearance reflected that. She loved shopping and visited the local malls so frequently that it was not uncommon for the sales people to know her by name.

Jeanette was a passionate fan of all her kids and grandkids during their many extracurricular school and sports activities. She would be one of the first spectators to arrive and not leave until she had the chance to let them know that they had done well afterwards. Jeanette was an accomplished host, decorator, baker, and gardener. She loved to entertain and instilled many family traditions during the holidays.

More than anything, she was the beloved matriarch of the family. She spoiled her kids and grandkids with endless love, cheers, cards, gifts, sweets and most of all laughs. She had a raucous laugh that will be missed by all. She and Jim had a wonderful marriage for 60 years. She was the proud mother of Jeff (wife Becky) and Julie Harris (husband Don), and loving grandmother of Haley Knight, Landry Harris (wife Jenn), Austin Knight, Wendy Murdy (husband Logan), and Grant Harris (wife Elle). To her delight, she had the opportunity to be "GiGi", great grandmother, to Aurora and Dakota Knight. She was preceded in death by her mother Dixie Yancy Cox, father Lewis Cox, sister Joyce Hawkins, and brother Lamar Cox. She is survived by her sister Virginia Norred as well as many nephews and nieces.

A funeral service to celebrate Jeanette's life will be Friday, October 29 at 3:00 PM at Parkhills Baptist Church, with a reception to follow. There will be a private family burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later time.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

Arrangements with PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH, 2102 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232. 210-495-8221.

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Porter Loring Mortuary North

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