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Laurel Land Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7100 Crowley RD, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

Roy Clayton Knight

July 4, 1937June 27, 2020
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Roy Clayton Knight, 82 of Crowley went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27th 2020.

Roy was born on July 4th 1937 in Fort Worth Texas, a fitting day for his "never met a stranger” personality. His CB handle was the “Crowley Firecracker”. Roy graduated from Trimble Tech High school in 1955 and upon graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corp. July 3rd of 1956 he married his wife of 64 years Toni Mae Hunter who he first met in a high school Math class when he offered his seat to her. They moved to Camp Pendelton in Oceanside, California where he served 4 years and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1957 their first child Amanda Leigh Knight was born and in 1959 they welcomed their second child Robert Clayton Knight. They returned to Fort Worth in 1959 where Roy took a job at his father’s gas station. In 1960 he became a firefighter for the Fort Worth Fire Department. In 1966 he moved his family to Crowley. In the early years of their marriage they enjoyed taking their family on camping trips to Texas state parks. Roy was actively involved in coaching his son’s little league baseball teams. On weekends you would often find them socializing with a group of friends known as the “supper club”. In 1968, Roy entered Tarrant County Junior College in it’s inaugural year. In 1972 Roy received his Associates Degree in Fire Protection. He would later return to Tarrant County Junior College as an instructor with the Fire Training program.

Roy worked for the Fort Worth Fire Department for 31 years where he attained the rank of Captain. After a few years with the department he earned the rank of Engineer and began driving the fire truck. In the late 70’s he was named director of Fire Safety Education. The last 11 years of his career he served as Public Information Officer with the Fort Worth Fire Department. He was instrumental in developing the Learn Not to Burn (Stop, Drop and Roll) curriculum provided to the Fort Worth ISD. He also helped to design and create the Fire Safety Trailer which toured local schools. Roy was a member of the National Fire Protection Education Association, serving on the executive board for seven years. He was Vice Chairman for two years and Chairman his last year. He was also co-founder of the Fire Education and Prevention Foundation of Fort Worth in 1981. Roy retired from the Fort Worth Fire Department in 1990. He then started his new career as Public Education Coordinator for the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office where he brought a similar curriculum and trailer to Oregon’s Fire Safety Program. Roy and Toni returned to Fort Worth in 1991 to begin his final retirement. Shortly after returning to Texas, Roy and Toni bought an 18 acre farm located in Hico where they raised sheep. A few years later they sold the farm and decided to travel nearly full time in an RV with a small place to call home in Dublin. In these years they made numerous RV’ing friends across the country. They traveled widely and had many adventures throughout the years. In 2007, they decided it was time to be closer to family and moved back home to Fort Worth. In 2015 Roy and Toni settled in St. Frances Village. In his later years Roy would spend much of his time as an active member of Arborlawn United Methodist church, often driving the bus for the Merry Maker’s group outings. He would regularly meet with his Sunday school men's group for breakfast. He also volunteered many hours of his time at Harris Southwest Hospital as the ‘pop-corn guy’. Roy was also an active member of the St. Frances Village community, most recently volunteering in their resale shop. Roy was especially fond of the holidays and almost never missed a chance to spend this time with family and friends. He loved attending every game and every performance of each and every child, grandchild and great-grandchild. He took such joy in the accomplishments of each and every family member. Roy was known and loved by many, many people throughout the years and will be sorely missed.

Preceded in death by his parents Artie “Dick” and Nina Knight.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Toni Mae Hunter, sister Sandra Grimland and husband Gene, brother Cecil Knight and wife Paddy, children Amanda Leigh Knight, Robert Clayton Knight and wife Connie, grandchildren Misti Kai Zablosky and wife April, Kelli D’Ann Trice and husband David, David Paul Clayton Knight and fiancé Brittany, great-grandchildren Tryniti Layne Muncy, Miles Atlas Trice and Reed Cory Clayton Zablosky, step-grandchildren Anderson Dark and wife Jessica, Katie Gordon and husband Bryan, step-great-grandchildren Fitz Dark, Georgia Dark, Cooper Gordon and by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be held at 10am on Wednesday July 1st at Laurel Land Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday June 30th at Laurel Land Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Worth Firefighters Museum at P.O. Box 10481 Fort Worth, TX 76114 .

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Gary Harrell
  • David Knight
  • Ronny Allison
  • Dean Stacy
  • Clint Muncy
  • Ronny Schultz

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Memories

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Carol Gross

July 5, 2020

Dear Toni,
When Roy first came to visit the Phoenix Fire Department's Public Firesafety Educators it did not take long for all of us to admire, respect and love Roy C. Knight. Then over the years of teaching and traveling together we all came to know his lovely family. He was always so proud of all of you. and would catch us up on how you all were doing. Roy took me shopping for my first pair of cowboy boots. He introduced me to the best ice cream in the world. So many cherished memories. I amm so sorry for your loss. Roy will always be in my heart.

Carol, Gross,
PFD (Retired)

Linda MacLeish Jensen

July 1, 2020

My deceased husband, Steve and Roy were kindred spirits, the two shared their commitment to fire safety and burn prevention. Roy never met a stranger he did not know. His keen wit and humor made him easy to relate to and made him relatable to so many. He touched many lives and our lives were made richer by his presence in it. To Toni and family, sincere sympathies for your loss. Linda MacLeish Jensen

Fred Garza

June 30, 2020

Rob, we are so sorry for your and your family's loss. He was obviously a great man for the community in his public and military service and a family man as well. And so are you. We are holding your family in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. Peace to you and your family. - Fred.

Gilbert Estrada

June 30, 2020

Rob,

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. In all the talks that we have had about our parents we always left each other with hope that this day would not come. In reading your father's life accomplishments I can see he lead an eventful and rewarding life which is one to be very proud of. My thoughts and prayers go out to your mother, you and your family.
May God bless you all in your time of mourning and in the celebration of your father's life.

Gilbert

Larry and June Ogwin

June 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Toni and the family. Roy was truly a blessing to have known. We have so many fond memories of our times camping together in the great Sacramento mountains of New Mexico. Our prayers are for peace and comfort that comes only from our Father in Heaven, may you all feel His comfort at this time.

G Kent Worley

June 29, 2020

I first meet Roy when I walked into the door of Station #16 on Christmas morning in 1977. It was my very first shift as a rookie firefighter having just completed Fire Recruit Training. As the station Lieutenant, He told me to put my gear on the seat directly behind his on the Engine and "come get a cup of coffee and tell me about yourself." That conversation was short however as 20-30 minutes later we were toned out to a 2nd alarm commercial business fire. Our beginning of a friendship was off and going!!!

Roy became my mentor and I can never thank him enough for his
guidance and encouragementt over the years. Not only did I follow him into burning buildings, after his service as the departments Public Information Officer....I followed him in taking over that role as well.

Kent Worley
FWFD 1977-2009


shirley elkins

June 29, 2020

Sorry for the loss of my grandchildrens grandfather Roy was a loving caring man to everyone.He will be greatly missed.praying for Toni and the family.

Sara Hope

June 29, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Roy was an amazing man and a true example of a husband and grandfather. He had a shining personality and a "light up the room" smile! Being the Cousin to his grandchildren and not his own he did not have to treat me as such when I was around but he did and I will always appreciate that. I will cherish all the memories and remember to share them with my children so his legacy lives on. I remember us running through the fire training building over and over thinking it was the best thing in the world, peeling potatoes on the back porch in Hico and fishing in the pond. My security blanket, that I still have to this day was given to me by Roy & Tony at my baby shower and has been my absolute favorite thing since. I wish i could do justice on just how amazing he was but no words could ever truly explain. You will be absolutely missed. Im sure our grandpa Wayne was waiting to welcome you home. The best two men I've ever known ❤. Lots of love and prayers being sent.

Cynthia Burt

June 29, 2020

Rob,
I am so sorry for your loss. I read the obituary, and it sounds like your Dad was very active, and very involved in Fire Protection/Safety.
I know where you get your ethics for hard work!!!

Prayers for you and your family as you go through this difficult loss.

Esteban Escalante

June 29, 2020

Mr. Rob Knight. I’m very sorry about you loss. Reading about your father’s life, knowing how he raised you and your family and keep loving all his descendants, I know he will be remembered with love and for sure he will be in a better place now with God. I will pray for him, his wife, your family and for you to give you strength and fast resignation. RIP. 🙏
Sincerely
Esteban Escalante
(DCM Mfg. México)

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