William J, Knight, Sr.

December 24, 1927February 4, 2019

William Joseph Knight, Sr., “Bill”, 91 years 1 month 11 days, lived his early years in New Jersey. At age 17, he quit school to join the US Navy. When he returned to complete his high school degree, he met the love of his life. They married in 1948 and started their journey together building a family. Bill had been employed in several areas but decided that a career with the USPS as a mail carrier would be the best for him. In 1961, he relocated to Cocoa, FL with his family, and easily made new friends in his neighborhood and work at the Cocoa Post Office.

He was a member of the Letter Carriers Association. He joined St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockledge, FL and was a Life Member, 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling by car across the USA and abroad visiting family, friends, and new places. But he especially enjoyed his years as a referee for the local Jr high/ high school football and basketball games. He was also president of the Cocoa High School Booster Club.

He was an excellent citizen in his community, volunteering at Wuesthoff Hospital’s Disaster Team. He was proud to have served at a Voting Precinct at election time for several years. He worked several part time jobs along with his fulltime employment as well as after his retirement…..he kept busy! He was employed by Harvey Groves for several years and would say that they would treat him like he was a part of their family.

Most of all he enjoyed sharing his “PUNS” and jokes with all that he met. He agreed with the saying “Laughter is the best medicine” maybe that was his secret for such a long and productive life. Bill has been preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen of 48 years as well as his parents and 6 siblings. Also his companion, Katie Lane.

He is survived by his four children, Barbara A. Mangum (Sid), William J. Knight Jr. (Kathy), Patricia J. Corbett (Homer) Michael L. Knight (Melody); 14 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bill’s name to St. Jude’s children Hospital and/or the Salvation Army 1218 W. Main St. Titusville, FL 32796 or choose a donation of your preference.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

William J, Knight, Sr.

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Nancy Nabity

February 13, 2019

Dear uncle bill,
In the early years I can remember how we would look forward to the oranges you would send us at Christmas time they were so delicious. The vacations to Florida and staying at your place and your wonderful pool. Aunt Helen worked so hard to feed us at that great long table full of goodies . Your generosity was one to be remembered. The way you and mom would fool around making us all laugh. God bless you for bringing laughter to this often times sad world . Thanks to you and aunt Helen we saw all the best sights the alligator farm, Christmas Florida sea world ect. My dad can’t say enough good thoughts of you and aunt Helen he loved you so much and I know he looks forward to being reunited with ALL his family in heaven. I’m glad I got to know you better over these last three years I’ve had dad with me. In the short time tony got to meet you he got a kick out of you and could tell you had a good heart. I love you uncle bill and thank you for the wonderful cousins you gave to us. Give all my aunts uncles and brother and my mom a big hug and kiss. See you again someday 💕💙💕

John Fletcher

February 12, 2019

So sorry for your loss Knight family. For Bill, Mike and I, the memories of your dad coming out and shooting hoops with us. The times he would come out to the fields to watch us play. The times he would joke with me non stop. He will be missed but will live on forever in our hearts. God bless and protect each one of you.

Buckie Bookhart

February 10, 2019

Dear Bill and Family,
It saddens me very deeply to hear of uour dad's passing. I had the distinct pleasure of knowing and enjoying him for close to 40 years. I am in Titusville at the moment (Feb. 10th) but have to go back to Indy Tues. (Feb. 12th). Wish I could stick around to pay my respects though! Please know that I'm with you in spirit! I loved him too!

Stephen Angeline

February 10, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of my Uncle Bill's passing . My prayers go out to the family. I have many memories of my Uncle Bill but the one that stands out the most is how he and my Aunt Helen took us in for quite sometime before my Mom and Dad, myself along with my brothers and sister settled here in Florida in the late 70's . He never complained he accepted us as if we were his own children. My brother and I use to attend ball games with him to different High School locations and he also volunteered his time working the clock for the Cocoa High Basketball games. He was certainly a special man true and true he will be well missed. I know he is in Heaven now with Aunt Helen enjoying his Heavenly rewards.

Barbara Mangum

February 10, 2019

Dad, most people remember you for your jokes, but I remember you most for the way you took time to play with me,. I loved our little talks & that you were always willing to jump in the car and drive me anywhere I wanted to go even if it was 3 am, , you always loved to travel, visit & talk to people. I loved the way you found humor in all situations. When I was in a car accident on river road you said “ Next time I get Indian River Road for a route, i’m Going to look & see where I can get a Coke!,” or “Hen,, did you remember to bring the corks & the rubber bands” after they would load up us kids in the car for a trip . I loved the way you could always guess what was in the present we got you, but we finally fooled you when we wrapped that Tea Bag inside about ten boxes. I Loved Our glass of Morgan David wine at Thanksgiving and watching the Macy Day Parade, our Shirley Temple on New Years Eve , helping put up all those Christmas decorations mom wanted up every year , The New York Worlds Fair , stopping at South of the Border to spend the nite on our yearly trips to New Jersey, I loved that you would support Mom in anything she wanted to do, and how we’d stop and visit every friend or family member we knew along to way .Not to mention your tours of all the Florida attractions every time we’d get company from out of town. You could walk faster than anyone I ever knew guiding our way. I will miss all this and so much more, hug Mom for me, remember I love you , til we meet again

Karen Brochard (Rice)

February 9, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. For as long as I can remember, it was always a pleasure to be a friend to all of you. Your parents were two of a kind and I ask that the Good Lord bless all of you in your loss. May your father rest in peace. Love, hugs, and many prayers are being said. Sincerely, Karen Brochard

eric gatt

February 6, 2019

c'est avec beaucoup de tristesse de savoir que votre papa est me rappelle tous les endroits ou il m'a emmené en Floride. Disney Kennedy center Gator land et tous ces bons moments passés avec, Hellen, Marie et avait tout le temps le sourire et la joie de vivre.tous ces souvenirs sont gravés dans ma mémoire.Qu'il repose en paix.Je compatis à la douleur de la famille.toutes mes condoleances.Roger qui vous aime tous.god bless you.