Willis Woodrow Knight, 90, went to his eternal home on August 19, 2016. He was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on March 15, 1926. At the time of his death he was residing in Stilwell, Oklahoma.
An early decision he made to follow Jesus, as a Christian, set the tone of his later life.
He joined the United States Marine Corp in 1941 and served in the Pacific theater. He was honorably discharged in 1944 as a Private 1st Class and received the Purple Heart.
After leaving the military he attended Chilocco Boarding School in Newkirk, Oklahoma where he became a skilled furniture upholsterer. He also met and married Rozella Mzhickteno.
Later he and Rose enrolled in Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He pastored and served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and South Dakota.
As a veteran of World War II, he was a proud member of the Muscogee (Creek) veterans group and the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation We-Ta-Se veterans group.
Willis is preceded in death by, his parents, Walter Knight and Ella (Davis) Knight, two sons, Eldon "Beau" Knight and Alfred "Butch" Knight, two brothers, Ray and Frank Knight and one sister, Norma Knight.
He is survived by his wife, Rozella, of the home; daughters, Joy Knight, of Stilwell, Sue Perdue and husband, John Mark, of Greeley, CO, daughter-in-law, Judith Hunter, of Anadarko and sister, Ramona Mason and husband, Archie, of Tulsa. His grandchildren, Justin Barber, of Oklahoma City, Clarissa Knight, of Anadarko, Tamura Mitchell, of Stilwell, Rachel Behrends, of Greeley, CO, Latisha Knight, of Tulsa, Suzanna Perdue and Jonathan Perdue, of Greeley, CO and Sunny Black, of Anadarko. He also leaves 20 great grandchildren and two on-the-way.
A wake service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Mulberry Tree Baptist Church with a celebration service on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Montesoma Indian Baptist Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at Montesoma Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Stilwell.