OBITUARY

Mack Daniel Knotts

April 29, 1939May 1, 2021
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Mack Daniel Knotts, age 82, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021. Visitation will occur on Monday, May 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 601 US-80 East, Haughton, LA. Mack’s life will be celebrated Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Bellaire Baptist Church, 1210 Bellaire Boulevard in Bossier City. Interment will be in Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Mack was born on April 29, 1939, in Castor, LA to Louis Zumie Knotts and Vera Knotts. He graduated from Castor High School and earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Northwestern State University and his Master’s +30 from Louisiana Tech University.

Mack began his teaching and coaching career at St. Mary’s High School, followed by a long career in Haynesville, home of the Golden Tornado, where he was high school basketball coach, elementary and junior high school principal, and high school principal. After retirement, Mack was a Bossier Parish School Board member and became a licensed insurance agent. As a member of Bellaire Baptist Church, Mack proudly served as a Deacon.

Mack was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his spouse of 58 years, Jo Nell Rogers Knotts; their three children, Mike Knotts, Kenny Knotts, and Tami Knotts; his sisters Freddie Davis and Peggy Wood; grandchildren Christopher, Bethany, Jacob, and Nicholas; numerous nieces and nephews; and great granddaughter, Katesyn.

Mack touched the lives of countless teammates, students, players, colleagues, and friends during his lifetime. The memories of his vivacious personality, strong work ethic, and softhearted spirit will be cherished. Mack had a way of making everyone feel special, and people knew he genuinely cared about them. Growing up, Mack enjoyed fishing with his dad. Playing and watching sports was his passion, and he dedicated himself to attending all athletic events of his children and grandchildren. Mack’s greatest love was spending time with his family. We will miss him more than words can describe.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Wiggins, Dr. Del Mundo, Dr. Rokaw, Dr. Anglin, and their staffs plus many nurses at Christus Health and Willis-Knighton Pierremont for their commitment and care over the years.

Please join us in remembering Mack Knotts by posting your memories, uploading photos, or videos to his online memory board at Remembering Mack Knotts: Principal, Coach, Dak, and Best Dad Ever by visiting this website: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/nXBg73kK Mack's dedication to his family, faith, and friends was undeniable. This memory board will be a keepsake for Mack's family, so they know how much he was loved and appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Jo Nell Knotts, Wife of 58 Years
  • Mike Knotts, Son
  • Kenny Knotts, Son
  • Tami Knotts, Daughter
  • Freddie Davis, Sister
  • Peggy Wood, Sister
  • Christopher, Grandson
  • Bethany, Granddaughter
  • Jacob, Grandson
  • Nicholas, Grandson
  • Kateson, Great Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joe Caldwell
  • Jeff Green
  • Scott Davis
  • Paul Davis
  • Nicholas Knotts
  • Christopher Knotts
  • Jacob Moseley
  • Rick Sutton , Honorary
  • Eddie Anglin , Honorary
  • Phil Pemberton , Honorary
  • Kenny Morgan , Honorary
  • Steve Craig , Honorary
  • Mike Anglin , Honorary
  • Davis Stevens, Honorary
  • Mike Bush , Honorary
  • Douglas Garrett , Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Memories

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David Dumas

May 4, 2021

My memories of Coach Knotts only covered a few years before my leaving Haynesville.
I had him as a teacher and several years of Little League
Even though my baseball talent at the time was very limited he always treated everyone equally and was a great Coach.
He had a big heart and was a faithful son of God.
Prayers to family and friends.

Ramon Orozco

May 4, 2021

I work for Mr Mack and Mrs jo Nelle for many years and he was a great person was always good to me and my family my kids got to know him and I enjoyed sitting with him to chat about anything that was on the news or just listen to stories he would tell me about him when he was younger. He would also give me great advice when I would talk to him about things going on in my life I have a lot of respect for him he is gone but we will always remember him one of the nicest people I’ve met in my life great man.

Larry Clark

May 4, 2021

When I was dean of the College of Business Administration at LSUS I received a visit from Mack Knotts. He grilled me about our accounting program and the success of our graduates. He told me that his daughter Tami was enjoying great success at Louisiana Tech in both the classroom and on the basketball court. However, he was focused on her future after graduating. One thing led to another and soon Tami became a transfer student to LSUS. Tami became both our #1 accounting student and the most prolific, successful player in the history of LSUS women's basketball. As proud as Mack was of her court success, his fullest pride was her academic success. No child could ever hope to have a more loving, caring or respecting Father than Mack Knotts. His great caring was felt by hundreds, if not thousands, of K-12 athletes over time. He was truly a very special person, as is Tami (and undoubtedly Mike & Kenny). As LSUS Chancellor, I extend thoughts and prayers from Tami's faculty colleagues, staff and students to her and the family, including her Mother.

Antonio Hardwell

May 2, 2021

My fondest memories the Mountain of a Man know to us as Mr Mack Knotts, is the way he loved and cared for the students who needed a helping hand, a needed push or just a loving reminder that you're someone special. Mr. Knotts was more than a principal to us. He was a father-figure to us also. Words can't describe the blessing he proved to be from God. Thanks to the Knotts family allowing him to be there for us. My deepest sympathy to you all.

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