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Rev. Max E. Knight

   Max E. Knight, well-known author, pastor and retired newspaper writer, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at Ambassador Healthcare, Centerville, Indiana. He married Mazella Wright Knight on Christmas Eve 1945 by Rev. Gordon Bell in Fountain City, IN. The Knights first lived south of Lynn, IN and were members of Hopewell United Methodist Church where he served as Lay Leader.  Max is survived by his daughter Teresa Jackson (late husband Bill) and his son Eric (Jenny). He also leaves three grandchildren, Barbara (Chad) Soucy and Jonathan (Rachel) and Matthew (Summer) Knight. Great-grandchildren include Boston and Terra Soucy and Afton and Iris Knight. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and one son, Clarence Edwin Knight.

   Born August 25, 1926, Max was the son of Clarence and Minnie Knight. He was a native of Lynn and a graduate of Spartanburg High School in 1944. He served in the United States Cavalry during World War II. He completed his degree work at Earlham College, Crossroads Bible College and the Moody Bible Institute. He worked as a reporter and editor for the Lynn Herald, Winchester newspaper for two years and with The Palladium-Item as sports and feature writer at Richmond for 26 years. He wrote a weekly interest column “As It Looks To Knight” for the Hagerstown Exponent and Gazette.

   Max and Mazella moved to Greens Fork in 1968. Max began his pastorate at Sugar Grove Community Church, retiring from there in 1991. He then served as interim pastor at the Webster United Methodist Church for ten years. Max and Mazella travelled extensively and presented travelogues to audiences of their adventures.

   Max was a member of several organizations, including moderator of the Yokefellow Luncheon in Richmond for 18 years, the American Legion, Gideons International, Hagerstown Masonic Lodge and Knights Templar. He provided religious guidance as an Indiana State Police Chaplain and Reid Hospital Chaplin. He was one of The Richmond Emmaus Community spiritual leaders.

   As a member of the Reid Hospital Foundation Board of Directors for over 20 years, he was instrumental in the plans for the new Reid Health. He was on the board to preserve the historic Quakertown settlement on Brookville Lake. Max considered his greatest honor when the Earlham Athletic Hall of Fame inducted him as a member in 1997. He also is remembered for the authorship of five books with one honoring former referee the late Don McBride entitled “Somebody Stole the Pea Out of My Whistle” and one telling of the boyhood adventures “Spinning Through Clouds” from 1936 to 1941 when Max flew almost daily at his father’s airport at Lynn as Randolph County’s first airport.

   Calling for Max will be from 10:00 a.m –1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 at Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home in Fountain City. A memorial service will follow with burial and military rites at Quaker Lynn Cemetery. Pastor Eric Knight will officiate.

   The family would like to thank the staff at Ambassador for their thoughtful care of Max. In addition, the family is grateful to all who visited him through the years. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Reid Health Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.


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Teresa and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Max was a great man. I have a lot memories of Max from chruch and going to his house to swim in his pool. He really tried to help me a lot in getting my business started by writing articles about it. He was a very caring and giving person. I am glad I knew him. A good example of how you should live your life.

Kyle Lumpkin Aug 12 2019 12:00 AM

Teresa and family,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May our loving Lord wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace
I feel blessed to have known him.
Love and prayers,
Sandy Taylor

Sandy Taylor Aug 11 2019 12:00 AM

On behalf of the Quakenbush family I send our condolences. Max was a good friend to my dad, "Cloyce "Quack" Quakenush and was always happy to tell me the story of Dean Smith , the new NC coach sneaking into the Fountain City gym with Max's help to watch Quack's 4 point offence, which he took back and implemented his own version at NC. When I played with Max Himelick, Caroll Wedding, and David Busby, we looked forward to Max's write up of the Friday night games. Max's enthusiasm for life will be missed. If I wasn't in Milwaukee this weekend I would be there today.

Charles Quakenbush Aug 10 2019 12:00 AM

A Roses are Red was ordered on August 9, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM

Max was a man who finished well. He was a year younger than Larry Wright and married my Dads. sister, Mazella. I always remember he and Mazellahosting the Wright reunion in the backyard, and it wasthen I was given the opportunitiesto find out more about my family and their past.Only saddened by death, but certainly rejoice in his passing and the eternal security he now has. Truly, he is now "spinning through clouds" again. .

David Wright Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM

An A Dream in Pink was ordered on August 9, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM

Max was a good man. Visiting him at Ambassador was always a treat for the both of us. We always had good discussions about his family and current news and flying, etc. We have two of his five books and feel privileged to have known him personally and through his newspaper articles. He was a great example to others. A life well lived. We will miss him!

Jerry and Phyllis Mattheis Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed reading the articles Max wrote for the local papers. When he moved into Hagerstown, he often sat on the porch and I stopped while biking up Parkway to say hello and listen to some bit of wisdom he shared. Such an interesting fellow. My heartfelt sympathy to all of the family.

Judy Godfrey Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

I remember discovering that Max was the father and grandfather of the Knight family we knew through Faith Christian School. I was excited to connect those dots. We met Max through the Richmond, Indiana Emmaus community. Max shared his abiding faith with so many. One of the talks given at Emmaus is titled "Changing Our World." Just through brief interactions with him, it was clear that Max took the charge to Change Our World to heart. May God comfort his family and friends and they celebrate his life, legacy, and especially his eternity with his Savior and Lord.

Lisa Martin Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

We extend our sympathy to your family at this time. Max was a great friend to our family. Had a lot of good times
talking with him. Knew so much about our community and the people in it. He will be missed by many.

Jim and Pat Doerstler Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

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