Obituary of Gene Allen Knight
Gene Allen Knight, of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on December 10, 2021 at the age of 69. He was a native of Granite City, Illinois, born on October 23, 1952 to his loving parents, the late Bessie Earlene Stack Knight and Barney Troy Knight. Gene is the beloved husband and best friend of 48 years to Nancy Erwin Knight; cherished father of Gene Allen Knight II and Sara Knight-Mong (Matthew); proud grandfather of Grace Anne Knight; brother of Troy Odell (Katherine) Knight and Judy Bierlein (Scott); brother-in-law of Linda Knight; stepbrother of Kennie and James Eastwood; and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Barney Conroy Knight; and his stepmother, Meta (Adams) Knight.
Gene was a graduate of Granite City High School in Illinois and Southeastern Louisiana University. He proudly served as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, which he retired from after a 20-year career. He dedicated another 23 years employed with Homeland Security and United States Customs as a Linguist and Intelligence Operations Specialist. Gene was recognized throughout his career with numerous awards and medals for his leadership and linguistic skills; however, he was proudest of the work he did assisting with the Mariel Boatlift.
Gene was also extremely active in the community, serving as the Slidell High School Band Booster president, Northshore Bowling Association president and board member, HOA board member, baseball coach, and Boy Scout leader. His most notable passion was for the sport of bowling. Gene bowled from the time he was teenager and continued through his retirement. He belonged to multiple bowling leagues, volunteered as a youth bowling coach, and was inducted into the North Shore USBC Bowling Hall of Fame.
In his spare time, Gene enjoyed camping and more so “glamping” as the years passed. Above all things, he loved the time spent with his family. Gene enjoyed supporting his daughter and granddaughter in their love for music and the high school “band life”. Additionally, Gene was very close to his wife’s family and was accepted unconditionally into her large family, including his mother-in-law, Betty Erwin; sister-in-law; seven brothers-in-law; and all their spouses and children. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, December 17, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home in Slidell. A funeral service with military honors will begin in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Gene will be laid to rest in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the North Shore Food Bank or to the Louisiana SPCA. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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