William E. "Bill" McKnight, 79, of Buckhannon, died Monday, May 7, 2012, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon.
He was born Oct. 23, 1932, at Burnsville, a son of the late Edgar Camp McKnight and Annabelle Teter McKnight Taylor.
On Sept. 10, 1951 he married Patricia Lousie Kuhl, who preceded him in death on May 5, 2008.
He is survived by four daughters, Debra Hupp and husband, Tom, of Buckhannon, Aleece Williams and husband, Dale, of Buckhannon, Twila Heffelfinger and husband, Rich, of Charleston and Marsha Gregory and husband, Ron, of Buckhannon; three granddaughters, Tiffany Stanton and husband, Dennis, of Clarksburg, Samantha Gregory of Buckhannon and Heather Earl of Charleston; four grandsons, Justin Williams of Buckhannon, Brock and Blake Heffelfinger, both of Charleston and Jamison Hupp of Greenville, S.C.; two great-grandsons, Trey Stanton of Clarksburg and Casset Earl of Charleston; two sisters-in-law, Deloris McKnight of Ohio, and Wanda Pratt and husband, Kenneth, of Virginia; three brothers-in-law, David Kuhl and wife, Marge, Harold Kuhl and wife, Vicki, and Jerry Brooks and wife, Diana, all of Ohio; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends; and his faithful companion, his dog, Buck.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother Byron McKnight.
Mr. McKnight was a Christian by faith and member of Buckhannon Jaycees and past president of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Association. He was also a member of USS Terrebonne Parish (LST 1156) Association and several other national organizations and received awards from Burnsville Alumni, Rotary, West Virginia Strawberry Festival and numerous other organizations. He was the owner of the Wooden Nichel (Dairy King), K and M Mobile Home, Central Towing, U-Haul Rentals and McKnight Sales and Service.
Friends will be received Wednesday, May 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Ed Lowther officiating. Burial will follow in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens at Heaters.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.