Velma B. Ownbey McKnight, 93, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, Sept.11, 2013, at her residence. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was the widow of John P. McKnight. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Arthur B. Ownbey and Sophia Ann Trentham Ownbey; brothers: Clell Ownbey, Verlis Ownbey, Clyde Ownbey and Bruce Ownbey; and one sister, Ethel Tilson.
Survivors include her six children: Jack McKnight and wife, Velma D., of Jesup, Ga., Bettie Ann Presswood of Benton, Ronnie Lee McKnight of Mountain City, C.J. McKnight and wife, Janet, Marilyn Gargala and Anthony McKnight, all of Cleveland; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Rebecca Seaborn, Emma Ferguson and Hettie Copeland Mason and husband, William, all of Cleveland, and Lena Elliott and husband, Leroy, of Old Fort; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Leroy Elliott and Pastor Richard Watson officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery in the veteran section.
Randal Ferguson, Mike Hickman, Rick Tallent, Robert Presswood, Kenneth Elliott and Tracy Chadwick will serve as pallbearers. Lee Slack will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the McKnight family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.