Lester Henry "Red" Knupp

August 19, 1921March 5, 2013

Lester Henry “Red” Knupp, age 91, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at McDowell Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 19, 1921 in the Mt. Hebron community of McDowell County, NC to the late Garland Knupp and Cora Jolly Knupp.

Lester was a WWII veteran having served in the US Navy in the South Pacific, in the Soloman Island, Guadalcanal. He served in the military from 1942-1946. He worked 37 years and retired from Old Fort Finishing.

In addition to Lester’s parents, he is also preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and David Knupp; five sisters, Ruth Bean, Mable Hemphill, Irene Effler, Geneva Bean and Arcie Knupp; and one daughter, Penny Knupp Brooks.

Surviving Lester are his wife of 61 years, Hilda Allison Knupp; his son, Kim Knupp; a son-in-law, Jimmy Brooks; two granddaughters, Jennifer Brooks, Amy Brooks Deyton and husband, Darren; one grandson, David Lawing; one brother, Clifford Knupp and wife, Rebecca; and one sister, Rachel Simmerson; and many nieces and nephews.

Lester was always a basketball fan. He played on the Old Fort High School Championship team of 1939. He was a #1supporter of McDowell Girls Basketball team, missing very few games. He was also a great fan of UNC Tarheels.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church with Rev. Todd Hinson officiating. Burial will follow at Cherry Springs Memorial Park. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated or donations may be made to: Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church Building Fund – 2473 Mt. Hebron Rd. Old Fort, NC 28762.

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  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lester Henry "Red" Knupp

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Mitch Arney

March 24, 2013

Hilda and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Russell & Karen Croom

March 13, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you.

March 10, 2013

Hilda and Family,

Terry and I were sorry to here of Lester's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you during this most tender time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn and Terry McClure

March 10, 2013

Lester will be missed. He always had a smileing face and a firm handshake. May God keep you in his loving arms.
With Love, Steve & Bobbi

Kristie Lytle

March 9, 2013

Hilda and family,sorry to hear of Lester's homegoing.He's having a "grand ole" reunion with all the love ones meeting him and most of all seeing the face of our Lord and savior JESUS CHRIST.He beat us there(man).Just hold on to the memories and the faith that one day you to shall meet him again. You all are in my thoughts and prayers,may God give you peace & comfort as you go through this difficult time.....kristie

March 8, 2013

I so sorry for your loss, You are in my thoughts and prayers.
God be with you as you go through this.
Marilyn Hill(Scottsdale, AZ)

Pat Webb

March 8, 2013

Hilda and family-- so sorry to hear the sad news. Lester is definitely happy where he's at now, its everyone else that's sad. I pray that God gives you all peace & comfort.

wayne kelly

March 8, 2013

I am so sorry to read about Red. Please accept my condolences, I had the pleasure to work with him at Old Fort Finishing. May his memories bring you comfort in the days to come. Wayne Kelly

March 8, 2013

Hilda and Family....We are so sad to hear of Mr. Knupp's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to each of you.. Janet & Bruce Spake (Old Fort, NC)

Linda Stevens

March 8, 2013

Hilda so sorry to hear of Lester's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Linda Norman Stevens