Jerry Dean Knight


Jerry Dean Knight was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on August 1, 1937, to Charlie and Vera (Worley) Knight. He passed away surrounded by family at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 12, 2019, at the age of 81 years 9 months and 11 days. He was a graduate of Bagley High School in Tahlequah. Jerry joined the United States Air Force in 1955 where he served his country, earning numerous medals, until his retirement in 1976. The majority of his time in the Air Force he served in an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, including during his tour of Vietnam. Upon returning to Tahlequah he started Knight's Home Improvement, which he operated until his final retirement in 1997.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Judy Knight Cragar, and son-in-law Gary Stopp. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Judy of the home; son Charles Dean Knight of Dallas, daughters Anna Knight, Deborah Knight, and Tracie Vaughn and husband Coy, all of Tahlequah; grandchildren Amanda Houston, Lauren Harrison, William Woodward, Bailey Donaldson, Ryan Vaughn, and Jacob Vaughn, as well as great grandson Jameson Williams, a great granddaughter due in June, and many extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will take place at Green Country Funeral Home on Monday, May 20, at 2:00 pm. Visitation hours will be Sunday, May 19, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Green Country Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Tahlequah City Cemetery at a later date. Honorary Pall Bearers include Herb Rozell, Jack Teague, Johnny Copeland, Rick Rozell, Coy Vaughn, Hanceford Clayton, and Scott Cragar.
Published on May 16, 2019
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Cathy and Tom Carpenter
May 17, 2019
My memories of Jerry will be ones of humor. He was good at joking around and very fond of teasing my sister Judy everyday. Even when she got a little irritated, he would look at me and wink and smile. Rest in peace Jerry.