Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Roy Bowman McKnight Jr.

May 22, 1927November 2, 2019

Charlotte – Roy McKnight, 92, passed away at his home on November 2, 2019. He was born on May 22, 1927, in Talbotton, Georgia, a son of the late Martha Leonard McKnight and Dr. Roy Bowman McKnight, Sr. He was delivered at his grandparents’ home by his grandfather, Dr. William P. Leonard. Shortly after his birth, the family returned to Charlotte.

Roy attended Myers Park Elementary, Alexander Graham Junior High, and graduated from Central High School, where he lettered in track and held a state record for the 440. Near the end of WWII, when he was 17, Roy joined the Navy and served for two years. After his service he returned to school to complete undergraduate and law degrees at UNC Chapel Hill. He was a proud Sigma Chi and loyal UNC alum. Before graduation from law school he met Mary Jane Wessman and they were married in Wilson, North Carolina. They were married for 68 years.

Roy practiced law in Charlotte for many years, originally with McDougle, Irvin, Horack, and Snepp. He spent most of his career as a partner of Hedrick, McKnight, and Parham. He was also in partnership with friends and colleagues Edd DeArmon, Samuel Millette, and Steven Hockfield. Roy was a former board member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Commission, and was instrumental in the formation of the Athletic Foundation at UNC Charlotte.

Roy spent many years at Ocean Isle Beach making happy memories with family and friends. Time on the water fishing was one of the great pleasures of his life. He also enjoyed golf, scoring five holes-in-one during his sixty years at Carmel Country Club, and gin rummy, which he played with a group of long-time friends. He was an accomplished woodworker who made beautiful tables and keepsake boxes for friends and loved ones.

Roy is predeceased by his parents; brother, Dr. Rodney L. McKnight; and son, Roy B. McKnight, III. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his son, Will (Daricia); grandchildren, Emily Core (John), Jeffrey McKnight, Daniel McKnight, and Anna Steed (Bailey); and three great-grandchildren, William, Cole, and Hunter.

Roy was a lifelong member of Myers Park United Methodist Church where a service to celebrate and honor his life will be held in the Francis Chapel on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service.

Gifts given in Roy’s memory may be made to: Charlotte Rescue Mission, PO Box 33000, Charlotte, NC 28233; Hospice Foundation of America, 1707 L Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20036; or Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.


  • Service to Celebrate and Honor Roy's Life Friday, November 8, 2019


Roy Bowman McKnight Jr.

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Dennis Bridges

November 8, 2019

Sorry to hear of your father's passing. I recall the few times we played golf with him.
A fine man that will be missed by family and friends.
My thoughts are with you.

Dennis Bridges

Katharine&Mel Helms

November 7, 2019

Mary Jane, we are so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Seth Kaufman

November 7, 2019


Please accept our condolences on your loss.


Seth and Rebecca Kaufman

Robert James Jr

November 4, 2019

Will and family I was so sorry to hear of Mr Roy’s passing this morning. Your Dad was a lifelong friend to my Dad and Uncle and was such a gentleman to my mother when she worked with him. Mom always would say Roy was one fine attorney and had great memories.
Our prayers are with you all and cherish the fact you had great parents like myself!