Franklin “Buddy” Knight, 77, of Dyke, VA passed away
on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Grace Health and
Rehab of Greene County. He was born on October 3,
1938 in Dyke, VA to the late James Clyde Knight and
Matilda Williams Knight.
Buddy was a lifetime member of
Dyke Fire Department, retired from the City of
Charlottesville Parks and Rec after 34 years and in
1964 joined Ryan Funeral Home where he worked in
many capacities. He was an excellent gardener who
loved planting flowers, fruits and vegetables. His
hands were made of steel and his unwavering strength
kept him working his entire life to provide for his
family. Buddy was a gentle giant with a heart full
of love. His humor, love, compassion and contagious
smile will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children,
Earl Wayne Morris and his wife, Helen of Dyke, Lois
Richards and her husband, Billy of Dyke, Linda
Knight of Dyke and Florence Dorrier and her husband,
Ronnie of Scottsville; sisters, Ruby Shifflett, Ruth
Knight and Ida Smith; brother, Larry Knight; his
grandchildren, Thomas Wayne Mallory and Sandy, Kevin
Morris, Christopher Richards and Whitney Clay; 6
great grandchildren, Skyler, Garrett and Logan
Morris, Mckenzie, Chase and Taylor Mallory; his
sister-in-law, Eva Knight; his faithful companion,
Bailey who he called his little boy; and his friends
at Ryan Funeral Home who he considered family.
In addition to his parents he is
preceded in death by his wife, Addie Shifflett
Knight; siblings, Mary Betty Knight, Maytriss Ramey,
Dorothy Lawson, Aubrey Knight, Sherman Knight,
George Knight, Roman Knight, Elden Knight and Kenny
Knight; and his granddaughter, Crystal Morris.
The family would like to extend a
special thank you to the nurses and staff at Grace
Health and Rehab for their love, support and
The family will receive friends
on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at Ryan Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail
Ruckersville, VA 22968.
A funeral service will be held on
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at
Evergreen Church of
the Brethren, Dyke with Rev.
C. C. Kurtz officiating. Upon Buddy’s request, his
casket will be adorned with 77 roses, one for every
year of his life.
Interment will follow in
Evergreen Church Cemetery .
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling