Frances Fran or Frannie Poole Poole Knight

February 25, 1936May 5, 2013

Frances Poole Knight, a longtime resident of Houston, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Born on February 25, 1936 in Galveston and raised in Houston, she attended River Oaks Elementary, Lanier Junior High and Lamar Senior High School and was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and the University of Houston. She was a member and officer of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and a Tearoom Patron of the Houston Junior League. She was a third generation member of First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Houston where she actively participated in the Chancel Choir, which she served as president, and was an officer in the Banyan singles group, including serving as president. She was a reporter/staff writer for the church through the National Christian Reporter newspaper and enjoyed freelance writing in the Houston area. She was an elder and deacon at FPC, including serving as chair of one of the church’s seven ministries. She was a charter member and former officer of the Houston Oratorio Society, now known as the Houston Masterworks Chorus, and also sang with the Houston Choral Society, the Houston Tuesday Musical Club, World Voices Houston and the United Nations Association International Choir. She worked for a Houston engineering firm for 23 years before serving in many administrative capacities in Houston’s private sector. She was a member of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. Later in life she enjoyed a second career in academia at the dental branch of the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center. A breast cancer survivor, she was an avid swimmer throughout her life, and recently medaled in three Senior Olympics events in Texas and California. After retirement she was very active in the University of Texas Houston Retirees Organization (UTHRO) and was a driving force in the creation of the UTHRO Excellence Fund, which raises funds to support the Consortium on Aging through the Center for Healthy Aging.

Ms. Knight was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Weller and Walter Lee Poole; and her siblings, Cynthia Poole Lee, Walter Lee Poole, Jr., and Gladys Jo Poole. She is survived by her children, son Charles Andrew Knight, Jr. and daughter Cynthia Knight Smith, son-in-law Dehn Hall Smith, grandchildren Merritt Gladys Smith and Walker Shaw Smith and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 between 6 p.m. and 8 the Stateroom at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston,Texas, 77024. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004. There will be a private interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Excellence Fund, University of Texas Houston Retirees Organization, Office of Advancement, 7000 Fannin Street,12th Floor, Houston, Texas, 77030.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Cyndee Strahn-Durant

May 28, 2013

I was fortunate to know Fran most of my life, and she had quite an impact on the person I was to become...what an amazing woman she was. I remember Fran, Aunt Gladdie, Charlie, and Cynthia more as family than only friends. I will forever treasure every memory.


May 20, 2013

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. (John 17:3)

Susan Garrett

May 12, 2013

My husband David and I met Fran at the P.G. Wodehouse Society Houston Drone Rangers meeting years ago. She was always so bubbly and excited about her many singing jaunts all over the world. She and I hooked some free tickets to one of the HADA shows and had a great time. David and I also attended her retirement party. We'll miss such a talented lady. Susan

\kendall Tamlyn

May 12, 2013

I swam with Fran and we enjoyed working out and going to meets together. She had a joy of life that was infectious. We also shared a love of her sister, Gladys. Gladys was my school counselor at Sharpstown and I loved her too.

Michael & Raven Wenner

May 11, 2013

I was for many years a member of the Houston Choral Society with Fran. What a joy it was to be around her! My wife and I were so fond of her, and our heart goes out to her family and friends. She and they are in our prayers.

May 9, 2013

I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Fran as a singing student. As you might imagine, we shared a lot of laughter as she worked hard on her vocal technique as a "senior voice". One of my favorite memories will be the kick she got out of performing the old song, "Don't Wait For The Night Before Christmas To Be Good!" She will be missed in Houston's choral world, to which she contributed selflessly through many years.
Dr. Jane Becker

Maria Giles

May 9, 2013

Ill always remember the times we were together and the times we conversated. I'm sorry I couldn't make it to your funeral but I will always be with you in my heart. My condolences to your family.

Henny van Dijk

May 9, 2013

In August 2007 when Fran and I were voted to become President and editor of the UT Houston Retiree Organization (UTHRO) she worked very hard to reconnect the retirees with the UTHSC=-H family tree, because after all we were the roots having served many years at the UTHSC-H institutions and schools. She did a great job of tooting our horn and informing newly retirees of our group. When we were challenged to do more she was very instrumental in organizing and chairing the UTHRO Excellence Fund which supports the efforts of the Center for Healthy Aging and specifically the Brain health Clinic. The idea of "seniors helping seniors" (her slogan)appealed mightily to our members and so it will be her legacy. Thanks Fran for your service and dedication to UTHRO.
Henny van Dijk, President of UTHRO

Rohan D'Souza

May 8, 2013

I am almost 40 years younger than Fran, but I can honestly say she was my friend. She was so fun. Wish I could of said goodbye.

Susan Jeter

May 8, 2013

I remember Fran from years ago in Houston Masterworks Chorus and again when she came to sing with us in a concert last fall.

I'm sorry to hear of her passing and will remember her joy in singing.

My condolences to the family.