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Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA

OBITUARY

Barbara Jean McKnight

2 November, 193027 August, 2017

Barbara Jean Jamison McKnight died peacefully in her home of 30 years in McLean on August 27, 2017 surrounded by family. Mrs. McKnight was born in 1930 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania to Agnes and George Jamison. She graduated from Jeannette High School in 1948 and attended Katherine Gibbs School of Business in New York City . She worked as an executive secretary for the American Tuberculosis Association . Barbara met Clarence “Mac” McKnight on a blind date and they began their 65 year marriage upon his graduation from West Point in 1952. As an Army wife, Mrs. McKnight moved 33 times in 35 years. She was active in officers’ wives’ activities in the United States, France, Germany, El Salvador, and Panama, and was the Honorary President of the Signal Officers’ Wives’ Club in the Washington, D.C. area. Mrs. McKnight devoted much of her life to raising their two daughters, Lynn (Pickard) and Marsha (McKnight). She was a Girl Scout troop leader, taught Sunday school , and was a volunteer at the Fort Myer thrift shop for many years. Family and friends will miss her radiant smile, her sense of humor, and her graceful, loving personality. Mrs. McKnight is survived by her husband, LTG (R) C. E. McKnight, Jr., their two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services and burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barbara McKnight Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Army Officers’ Spouses’ Club of the Greater Washington Area (AOSCGWA, P. O. Box 1124, Fort Myer, VA 22211). Please make checks payable to AOSCGWA with Barbara McKnight in the memo line. Donations may also be made in Barbara’s memory to the Fort Myer Thrift Shop Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 1112, Fort Myer, VA 22211, Attn: Ann.

Services

  • Funeral Ceremony

    Monday, 30 October , 2017

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Michael Cannan

23 January 2018

May you be as happy in heaven as you were here on earth.

Amy Fadida

10 September 2017

My condolences to Mac and his family on the loss of Barbara. Blessings to all.

7 September 2017

Betty and I attended post chapel at Fort Myer for years always with Barbara and Mac. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ welcome her home, he knows her by name.

Greg Hansen

7 September 2017

May Barbara's soul rest for an eternity.

While we never had the honor of meeting, I had the pleasure of speaking with her on the phone numerous times.

She was blessed with a beautiful spirit and love for her family and friends.

Barbara was the love of Mac's life.

My thoughts and prayers are with Mac, Lynn, Marsha, and other family members.

Greg Hansen

Jennifer Cazares

4 September 2017

Mrs. McKnight treated me like family from the first time I met her. She always had a kind word, a wonderful question, and seemed to listen with every part of her. I loved our visits. She will be greatly missed. All my thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family. She left such a legacy in all of you.

Jo-an Smith

3 September 2017

We knew Barbara in El Salvador and Panama. She was a lovely and gracious lady..always.
My condolances and love to the family...
Jo-an Smith

Tommy Franks

3 September 2017

Karen & I had the privilege of meeting Barbara at several Military functions & Chapel services. She was and is an awesome lady who loves her family deeply and who brightens any room when she walks in. "Barbara, you will truly be missed, but we will see you again in Heaven."
Tommy & Karen Franks

Bill Bates

3 September 2017

Barbara McKnight was a wonderful, caring lady. She may be gone from our world, but she will always be in our hearts.

Terry and Pamela Fong

3 September 2017

Mrs McKnight was such a wonderful, beautiful lady with a heart of gold. Pamela and I will miss you! God Bless you and keep you!

Grace Prindle

3 September 2017

Mrs. McKnight, always gracious, radiant and thoughtful, was much loved and admired and will be greatly missed. I knew her for over 50 years and across Panama, Texas and Virginia. She taught me to drive at 16 in El Paso. She always took time to inquire after myself and my family over all the many years. She was quite the lady! She remains in my heart always.

FROM THE FAMILY