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Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Knight

November 15, 2014

Sarah Elizabeth Knight, 89, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Memorial Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Knight was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Abbeville, Ga., the daughter of Jule Aden Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Hunter Smith. She was a pastor’s wife and dedicated homemaker. Mrs. Knight was the first licensed female pastor in the South Georgia United Methodist Church Conference. She also served as church secretary, Sunday school teacher, and a life member of WSCS (UMW). She was gifted musically and shared her gift as a member of the choir and church pianist. Mrs. Knight led many mission studies and was a constant student of God’s Word. She has a Sunday school class named in her honor at Morningside United Methodist Church in Albany, Ga.

Survivors include her children, Glenn Knight and his wife, Linda, of Abbeville, Ga.; Jim Ed Knight and his wife, Mary Frances, of Magnolia Manor in Americus, Ga.; Mary Knight Robinson and her husband, Dr. Don Robinson, of Bainbridge; and Tim Knight and his wife, Gaye, of Dublin, Ga.; her grandchildren, Krisanne, April, Mark, Steven, Debbie, Phillip, Misti, Tal, Laura, Josh, and Hunter; and her great-grandchildren, Austin, Kaylee, Jarrett, Logan, Haley, Holt, and Harper; nephews, Danny Smith and Ronnie Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Clarence Foster Knight, Jr.; and her siblings, Bryant Smith, Jake Smith, and Robert Smith.

Services were held in Bainbridge on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at Bainbridge First United Methodist Church. Rev. Randy Mosley officiated. A graveside funeral service was held on Monday, Nov.10, 2014, at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Ga. Her grandsons will serve as active pallbearers.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214 or American Bible Society PO Box 2854, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101-9921.

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