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Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens

4310 East Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Augusta M. Nelson Knight

April 1, 1942November 23, 2019
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April 1, 1942 was the earthly sunrise of Augusta and November 23, 2019 was her sunset. We want to talk about her dash.

The dash denotes a timeline. However, it represents so much more. That one character embodies a lifetime. The earthly whole of a person. The whole of this woman, a phenomenal woman. Augusta Nelson told us she was born in Little Rock but Ancestry.com said it was Doddridge. She was the 7th child of 13.

The family moved to Arizona when ‘Gussie’ was a baby. She began talking early, she began walking early and all throughout her life, she was always talking and moving. When she was in kindergarten, she talked to two young neighborhood girls and they became life-long friends. They attended grade school, middle school, high school and college together and picked up other true friends along the way. One of them told her daughter, “I never doubted your mother’s friendship. No one could tell me anything about Gus”. Loyal friend – her dash.

Augusta worked 25 plus years for the city of Phoenix. One of her early duties was recruitment and screening of firefighters. She contacted men in the community to advise them the city was hiring and needed some diversity in the ranks. Advocacy and activism – her dash.

Augusta instilled in her daughters to ‘look over the fence’. There’s a world out there you need to see. The crack in the road. It will be here when you get back. So will that little fella in front of the store. Same little fella. Same store. Live life to the fullest – her dash.

Augusta loved working with, being with and having fun with family. She enjoyed playing Bid Whist and talking smack. She loved shopping (every single day) on her lunch break and with her grandson. Love of family – her dash.

Augusta joined FIBC 40 years ago. She sang in the choir almost as long. Even as her memory began to fail, she could remember the songs and her notes even when the other tenors could not. She remembered her church. She remembered her prayers. She remembered her savior. Good and faithful servant – her dash.

Augusta leaves this earth but never our hearts. Her family, friends, colleagues and random strangers she has encountered were blessed to have loved, known and been around her.

An extraordinary lady that is now beyond the dash.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christian Johnson
  • Kendel Brewer
  • Marcus Freeman
  • Delaney Nelson
  • Justin Davis
  • Marquis Davis
  • Marvin Davis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marquis Davis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lamont Nelson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Esaias Swindle, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Detrele Nelson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Duane Freeman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dana Andrews, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

6 December

Visitation

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Resthaven / Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens

4310 East Southern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85042

7 December

Visitation

9:00 am - 10:00 am

First Institutional Baptist Church

1141 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85034

7 December

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Institutional Baptist Church

1141 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Memories

Augusta M. Nelson Knight

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Carol E. Lackey

December 5, 2019

I met Augusta while we were students at South Mountain H.S.
We were the Class of 1960.
Our paths hadn't crossed very often but we always had a smile and hug on those rare occasions.
We have all lost a very special person, one whose smile would brighten a room.
My prayers are with her family in their time of loss.
God has called her home and she will be in the heavenly choir now.
Rest in Peace !
Carol Edmead Lackey

Sondra Davis

December 5, 2019

I went to school with Augusta at Southmoutain High School. She was one of the first people I met when I moved from the Bay Area to Phoenix in 1959. While I have not seen her in many years, I am saddened to learn of her passing. May she rest in Heaven. She was a beautiful person and will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

Sondra (Jackson) Davis

Grace Wright

December 5, 2019

Beautiful, serious, and always positive lady! I’m appreciative for all her work in the community and her support to RSD while in service. RIP!

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