Dr. Mack LaKendrick “Kenny” Knight was born on July 31, 1978, in Brunswick to Mother Shirley Forcine Knight-Short and the late Reverend Mack Donald Knight Jr. Kenny was reared in Woodbine with Christian experience at Westlight Baptist Church in Woodbine and Georgia Ave Church of God in Kingsland.
Dr. Knight started singing and playing the keys publicly at the young age of 10. He continued perfecting his gifts in numerous choirs, ensembles and churches well into his college years. Recognizing the purpose and potential, as well as the call of God on his life, he began ministering at the age of 12, licensed at the tender age of 18 by Bishop Gregory K. Blue of Columbus.
He attended Columbus State University until his sophomore year. Dr. Knight completed his doctorate degree at Faith Bible College in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Knight was ordained and installed as pastor at the age of 21. He became the capable pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church, Woodbine. He later became the pastor of the Potter’s House Family Worship Center, Woodbine, for 12 years. For the past 10 years or more, Dr. Knight has traveled the world preaching and teaching the gospel in such a profound and prolific way with a melodious voice.
Dr. Kenny Knight served at Bright Futures Academy of Atlanta for more than four years. He was the dean of students and played a pivotal role in helping the academy achieve one of its most fundamental, but significant goals, educating the whole student. Some of the many areas under Dr. Knight’s purview included student conduct, campus counseling, spiritual cultivation, graduate tracking and student discipleship.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories godchildren, Isaiah Clark, Stormie Jenkins and Kerrington Bigsbee; siblings, Jeffrey Azquela, Shantaye Gibbs, Kizziler (Robin) Knight, Mack De’Von Knight, Felix Blackshear, Mack Daniel Knight, Tomeka Livingston, Nichelle (Martin) McCrae, Phyllis (Kevin) Drummond, Mack Donald (Tammy) Knight, Sonia Knight and Felecia (Eric) Horne; nieces and nephews, Alexis Knight Moore, Dynesha Knight, Marquis Knight, Tremell Diggs, Erica Horne, Marcavous Williams, Da’Shawn Williams, Devario Curry, Danielle Williams, Jessica Mewborn, Kaya Mewborn, Kizzy Blackshear, T’Keysha Carter, Brandon Sullivan, Taylen Washington, Mackavin Knight, Mackaleb Knight, Mack De’Von Knight Jr., Adrian Knight, Misha Reed, Mackayla Knight and Jasmine Mewborn; godsiblings, Vernecia Butler, Veronica Tyson, Victoria “Vicki” Tyson, Franklin Tyson Jr., Myoshia Nightengale, Sherita Singleton Davis and Maria Lockley; godfathers, Bishop Q.S. Caldwell of Albany, Lance Brown of Atlanta and Robert Wright of Orlando, Fla.; and aunts and uncles, Luscious (Annabelle) Brown, Leonard Forcine, Hamp Brown, Julia Massey, Mary McDowell, Cheryl Banks, Ella Govan and Mackie Lou Council.
A visitation will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Refreshing Oasis Church (The Rock), 1495 S. 50th St. in Kingsland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, 1365 Kinlaw Road in Woodbine. Remains will lie in state one hour prior to services.
Interment will be in Woodbine Cemetery.
Final arrangements entrusted to Royal Funeral Home Inc. in Jesup.