Lucille Cavanaugh Knight

March 16, 1921February 19, 2021

KNIGHT, Mary Lucille Cavanaugh, passed away peacefully Friday, February 19, 2021, at Elmcroft of Hamilton Place.

She was born March 16, 1921 in Memphis, TN, and would have been 100 years old next month. She was the daughter of Michael and Bertha (Rittelmeyer) Cavanaugh. After her mother’s death in 1926, She was raised by her aunts and grandmother. Lucille met the love of her life, John R. Knight, Jr., and they were married on May 2, 1941 in Memphis. Her husband’s career with DuPont took them to Childersburg, AL. during WWII. After the war, they moved to Cleveland, OH for 5 years before finally settling in Chattanooga in 1950. After raising her family, Lucille worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and was a volunteer in several ladies’ charities at Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner since the move to Chattanooga. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Memorial Hospital. Lucille loved her family, helping others and serving the Lord. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed playing Bingo but only for cash prizes. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband John, December 21, 2000, her sister Anla, brother, Frank, and son-in law Richard Robinson.

She is survived by her eight children; John (Linda), Ronald (Christine), Linda Robinson, Debbie (John) Morgan, David (Terri), Patti (Tom) Hayes, Julie (Karl) Knight, Jennifer (Tony) Parker, and 21 Grandchildren and 25 Great Grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH) on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 11:00 am with Father Mike Nolan officiating. The family will receive friends at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home from 5-8 pm on Friday February 26, 2021. She will be laid to rest with her husband, John in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

We respectfully request that all current mandates set forth by the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department be adhered to. This includes “social distancing” and wearing masks at all times while on the premises.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Bobbie Thompson

March 2, 2021

My prayers of peace and comfort during this sad time. I enjoyed talking to Lucille at ELMCROFT before the Covid hit. My parents reside there. She was a very sweet lady.

Therese Bundschu Hughes

February 27, 2021

I have so many memories of times spent in the Knight home or Mrs. Knight running us kids to an event in her 50 foot long wood paneled station wagon. Such sweet memories. Always loved her dry sense of humor. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

Jan Moreira

February 24, 2021

I remember meeting your Mom at the old St. Anna’s Catholic Church. She always had a smile and spoke of her family with love. She was a beautiful lady and we were blessed to meet her. Rest in Perpetual Light. Ms Lucille as you join your husband, Mom and all your loved ones. Thoughts, prayers and love are with your family. Jan & Carlos Moreira

Mary Grace (Schulz) Sabol

February 22, 2021

Condolences to all the Knight family, especially Jennifer. I enjoyed lots of fun times on Palermo, with your mom as the always-gracious host! May she rest in peace and enjoy a hand with all the OLPH bridge ladies who have preceded her.