OBITUARY

David Paul Knisley

June 7, 1924March 27, 2021
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David Paul Knisley, 96, of Ooltewah, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 27, 2020. He was born June 7, 1924 in Knox County, Tennessee to Rev. Luther Spurgeon and Ada Willard Knisley. David served aboard a PT boat in the United States Navy during World War II and attended Carson-Newman College, where he met the love of his life, Bettye Jeane Longley, and moved to Hamilton County, where he served as an educator for thirty-three years. He taught at Bachman and Hillcrest Elementary Schools and at Ooltewah High School and served as principal at Snow Hill, East Ridge, and Spring Creek Elementary Schools. He served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and a member of various committees at Apison Baptist, Concord Baptist, and Ooltewah Baptist Churches. He served as a YMCA camp swim instructor, 4-H Club leader, and vice-president of the James County Historical Society. He enjoyed studying the Bible, reading history, gardening, and spending time with family. His greatest joy was honoring God by helping and serving others, whether at home or in the community. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Knisley, and three sisters, Grace Lillian Knisley, Jean Knisley Carson, and Dorothy Knisley. David leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of seventy and a half years, Bettye Jeane Longley Knisley, two daughters, Elsilynn (Mark) Barber and Eugenia (Mike) Clement, both of Ooltewah, one sister, Rose McKee, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and two grandchildren, Beth (Andrew) Simons, Dallas, and Andrew Clement, Nashville. The family wishes to thank Encompass Home Health and Kindred Hospice, the caregivers from Right at Home, and Brett Billings for their care during David’s illness. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 with a private family service at 2:00 pm in the East Brainerd Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home and a private family burial service following the at Plowman Cemetery in Apison with Rev. Jeremy Collums officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Barber, Andrew Clement, Andrew Simons, Horace Kirkland, Jerry Burgess, and Eddie Ingle. Honorary pallbearers will be the Brotherhood Sunday School Class of Ooltewah Baptist Church and members of the James County Historical Society. Memorial contributions may be made to Ooltewah Baptist Church, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, the North American Mission Board, the International Mission Board, and Kindred Hospice. Due to Covid-19, we request that mask be worn at all times at the funeral home and cemetery, and that all Hamilton County and the CDC’s mandates be adhered to. Please share your memories of David with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com Please join live streaming of the funeral and graveside service at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com Read full obituary at chattanoogan.com Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Jack Woods

March 31, 2021

I will remember David as a sterling example of a Christian. He was loving, kind, and gentle always seeking how he could help his follow man to come to a faith and acceptance of our Lord and Savior while working for the glory of our heavenly Father. I am sure that he will be welcomed into the heavenly realm with a “well done my humble bond servant”. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bettye and the family with our Blessed Hope in their time of mourning.

David Clonts

March 30, 2021

David Knisley was my summer YMCA Day Camp Director at Red Bank High School in the late ‘50s. I believe I attended for three straight summers. He was a phenomenal youth leader. It’s now been more than 60 years since those wonderful days of summer. I still have so many fond memories of all the good times I had under his leadership. Condolences to his family

Eddie Ingle

March 29, 2021

David truly lived a life worth celebrating. He would be the first to say don't celebrate me but celebrate God who in Christ Jesus makes people new and gives them a life worth celebrating. I prefer to speak of David in the present tense, because he is more alive today than ever.
He is a man who loves children and loves to teach children. He is a man who loves God and His Word and loves studying and teaching that Word of truth. He is a man who loves God's church which is the body / bride of Christ.
David would regularly offer a helping hand to anyone he ran into who was in need of help or assistance. The Bible says that "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints". God and all those in heaven are celebrating David's homecoming.
David will be missed but not forgotten. God bless his family during this time of mourning. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted".

Carol Clapp

March 29, 2021

Mr. Knisley was one of the nicest men I have ever known. I was a member of the the James County Historical Society for several years. He was so knowledgeable about the old James County and loved to impart his information. He was a man of God and led his life accordingly. Heaven will be a better place with him there.

Tommy Vowell

March 29, 2021

I did not know David long at all. He and I got to know each other through the mid-week prayer meetings at Ooltewah Baptist Church, just prior to the Covid-19 shut down. I found him to be a man of God and a tremendous patriot. It would be much later that I would discover his impact upon the people at Ooltewah Baptist Church over the years.

I am saddened to know David is gone from this earth, but I am certain he is enjoying his days in eternity with his Heavenly Father, his Savior Jesus Christ, and his Great Counselor the Holy Spirit. Prayers go out to his family and friends.

joan whittenburg

March 29, 2021







David was one of the most godly men I have ever known. He truly lived his faith. He will most surely be missed by his family and church family. My love and sympathy to his loved ones.

Rose McKee

March 29, 2021

We always shared "twin" letters between my birthday and his when we were the same age for a little while. After I promoted myself to the second grade to be with him, we stayed together in school through high school.

Mary Wilson

March 29, 2021

I remember Uncle David coming to Granny Carson's house & telling us, as little children, the most entertaining stories. He would make them come alive, as he told it. He was always smiling.

Jon and Patricia Williams

March 28, 2021

With our heartfelt sympathy.

Angie Oliver Shumaker

March 28, 2021

Mr. Knicely was my principal many, many, many years ago at Snow Hill Elementary School. He was such a good man. Prayers and comfort for the family.

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Biography

David Paul Knisley, 96, of Ooltewah, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 27, 2020. He was born June 7, 1924 in Knox County, Tennessee to Rev. Luther Spurgeon and Ada Willard Knisley.
David served aboard a PT boat in the United States Navy during World War II and attended Carson-Newman College, where he met the love of his life, Bettye Jeane Longley, and moved to Hamilton County, where he served as an educator for thirty-three years. He taught at Bachman and Hillcrest Elementary Schools and at Ooltewah High School and served as principal at Snow Hill, East Ridge, and Spring Creek Elementary Schools. He served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and a member of various committees at Apison Baptist, Concord Baptist, and Ooltewah Baptist Churches. He served as a YMCA camp swim instructor, 4-H Club leader, and vice-president of the James County Historical Society. He enjoyed studying the Bible, reading history, gardening, and spending time with family. His greatest joy was honoring God by helping and serving others, whether at home or in the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Knisley, and three sisters, Grace Lillian Knisley, Jean Knisley Carson, and Dorothy Knisley.
David leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of seventy and a half years, Bettye Jeane Longley Knisley, two daughters, Elsilynn (Mark) Barber and Eugenia (Mike) Clement, both of Ooltewah, one sister, Rose McKee, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and two grandchildren, Beth (Andrew) Simons, Dallas, and Andrew Clement, Nashville.
The family wishes to thank Encompass Home Health and Kindred Hospice, the caregivers from Right at Home, and Brett Billings for their care during David’s illness.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 with a private family service at 2:00 pm in the East Brainerd Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home and a private family burial service following the at Plowman Cemetery in Apison with Rev. Jeremy Collums officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Barber, Andrew Clement, Andrew Simons, Horace Kirkland, Jerry Burgess, and Eddie Ingle.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Brotherhood Sunday School Class of Ooltewah Baptist Church and members of the James County Historical Society. Memorial contributions may be made to Ooltewah Baptist Church, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, the North American Mission Board, the International Mission Board, and Kindred Hospice.
Due to Covid-19, we request that mask be worn at all times at the funeral home and cemetery, and that all Hamilton County and the CDC’s mandates be adhered to.
Please share your memories of David with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com
Please join live streaming of the funeral and graveside service at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com
Read full obituary at chattanoogan.com
Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.