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J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S Main St, Grapevine, TX

OBITUARY

Christianson "C.J." Jeffrey Knipper

May 16, 2001July 31, 2019
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Christianson Jeffrey (C.J.) Knipper, 18, was born in Irving, Texas and lived in Grapevine, Texas his entire life. He attended Heritage Elementary School, Cross Timbers Middle School (CTMS), and Grapevine High School (GHS). He was inducted into the National Honor Society and played football, basketball, tennis, and ran cross country at CTMS. At GHS he made the varsity golf team as a freshman and finished the season as one of their top 5 players. He was active in the DECA club at GHS and qualified for the state DECA competition in 2018 and 2019. C.J. had plans to attend college at Oklahoma University after his upcoming senior year at GHS.

C.J. was a beautiful kid whose varied interests included fashion. He designed clothes and used his entrepreneurial spirit to sell the clothes he designed online. His fashion sense was admired by a large Instagram audience, friends, and family. C.J. was a cherished friend to classmates who loved him for his smile, positivity, and compassion.

C.J.’s family adored his smile, wit, creativity, motivation, among many other talents. C.J. will be missed everyday by his Dad, Jeff Knipper, his Mom, Susan, his younger brother Joe, his grandparents, Jim and Joan Knipper, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. C.J. is preceded in death by grandparents, Armand and Betty Frank.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Grapevine Golf Course Event Center at 2:00- 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8th.

If you wish donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in honor of C.J. can be made at: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1997484

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, August 8, 2019

Memories

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Regina Rockwood

August 13, 2019

I remember CJ well from when he was one of the students at Heritage Elementary School. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile and what a special smile that was, it could light up a room. I want you to know that I remember him well and that I care and that I am sharing in your sadness.

Tina Johnson

August 7, 2019

My sincerest condolences and sympathy for your loss. I pray that God will give you strength and peace now and forever.

Shirley Cheek

August 6, 2019

There are simply no words to describe how deeply sorry I am for your loss of a terrific son, grandson and brother .as well as loss to all family and friends ! May God be with you and give each and everyone strength and courage to carry on during this difficult time !

Sincerely
Shirley Cheek

Becky Jackson

August 5, 2019

Susan, over the last 8+ years we've known each other I shall always remember your love for your boys - what great parents you both are to share so many memories and experiences with them. Having never met CJ in person, but sharing all your little man stories, I will never forget all of the awesome t-shirts CJ has sported throughout the years and you sharing them with all of your buddies! He had an infectious grin, much like yours, and every time I see a cool t-shirt with a sarcastic saying - I will think of your dear CJ. God bless you all.

Melinda Cobb

August 5, 2019

CJ was a amazing guy! He waited on me at Sonic! He was one of my favorite car hops! He was always smiling and so friendly! My heart goes out to your family! Prayers for God to hold you all close! My heart is so broken! May God bless you all!

Oliver Paschal

August 4, 2019

I met CJ freshman year in my 8th period class, during my time with him he became one of my favorite people to see during the end of the day. He always put me in a good mood when I’ve had a long day and became a close friend. After the year ended and sophomore year started I did not have anymore classes with him but still said hey every time we saw each other in the halls. Never had a bad moment with CJ and enjoyed being his friend.

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Biography

The Greatness of CJ

I will never forget carrying you from the delivery room to the nursery on the day you were born. I had never seen a baby so pretty. I will have great memories of that day as long as I live.

I remember taking you to Ms. Jennifer’s house for daycare. On one of those days you cried so much when I tried to drop you off that I decided to take you to the golf course with me. And it turned out to be my most memorable day at Great Southwest Golf Club. Every shot I hit you would say “good shot Daddy”. Many weren’t good shots but I can still hear you saying it today about 16 years later. I look forward to the day when I can play more golf with you.

When you were 6 I remember you coming to the plate in a t-ball game with the bases loaded and 2 outs with our team behind by several runs. You hit a ball to the outfield and cleared the bases to win the game. This was one of many great moments you had on a baseball field.

When you were 8 I remember coaching you in basketball. You were convinced you would not score the whole season. But early in the season you did and the smile on your face when you ran by me back up the court was worth a million bucks.

In middle school I remember several great moments. Your induction into national junior honor society. I remember you running and throwing for TDs as a 7th grade QB sometimes doing both in the same game. You made many great shots on the basketball court. And on the lacrosse field you played a lot bigger than your size.

As a 9th grader you were the only freshman to make the varsity golf team. Which was no surprise to me. You had just shot an 81 in the Grapevine jr club championship. I was no match for you most days on the golf course. I loved you beating me. And I loved watching you compete in golf tournaments.

Now you spend most of your free time at Sonic making money. At least once a week someone tells me they saw you hustling from car to car at Sonic. I tell them you like making your own money. I am proud of your work ethic.