Funeral services for Jeraldine Knight will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Benton, with Paul Bizer officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance/Food Pantry. Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jeraldine Marie Knight was born in Tamaroa IL, in the early morning of Sunday, Oct. 28, 1917, to Elijah Scott and Myrtle Wynn Stockton. In 1922, the Stockton Family moved to Franklin County, settling in Benton where Jerry grew up and spent her entire life. The seeds of her faith were planted when she accepted the Lord Jesus as her savior at a young age and grew as she matured. Her strong belief in the power of prayer was evident by the way she lived her life. She was faithful to the end.
As a young girl, she sang in many church services and revival meetings, accompanied on the piano by her friend Martha Doxie. On Feb. 25,1935, she married Paul Raymond Knight. They enjoyed 44 years together before Paul’s passing on March 14,1979.
She enjoyed all kinds of crafts; ceramics, needlework and all the latest things that came along. She loved her home, the farm, on which she lived for 66 years. What joy it brought her to watch the crops as they grew and anticipate harvest time. Jerry also dearly loved the many animals she raised and nurtured over the years. Many happy hours were spent tending her vegetable garden which was shared with family and friends.
One of her favorite songs to sing was “I won’t have to cross Jordan alone.” When she came to the crossing at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. She was met there by her family that had gone before, her companion and pal Paul; her infant daughter, June Annette; her parents; her sisters, Esther, Audrey and Thera; and her sons-in-law, Jim Smith and Ken Eubanks.
Left to mourn her passing are her children Thera Smith, Myrna Eubanks, Virginia Foulk, Karen Rocchio and David Patrick Knight; and sons-in-law, Dick Foulk and Dan Rocchio; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.
This is the time of year when many of us celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us, a particularly sad time to lose a loved one. However, we take great comfort in the knowledge that He conquered death.