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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of James "Jimmy" W. Knight, who passed away
4on September 13, 2013; and
5    WHEREAS, James Knight was born on June 7, 1935; his parents
6were John Knight and Mildred Shelton; he married Ollie Burns
7Thompson in 1956; they were re-married in 2001; and
8    WHEREAS, James Knight completed his early education at
9Calvin Donaldson Junior High School and Howard High School in
10Chattanooga, Tennessee; after he was honorably discharged, he
11subsequently continued his education at the Allied School of
12Technology's Tool and Die Making program and Kennedy-King
13College in Chicago; and
14    WHEREAS, James Knight accepted Christ as his personal
15savior at an early age; he was a faithful member of Parkway
16Garden Christian Church; and
17    WHEREAS, James Knight served his country as a member of the
18United States Air Force; he later retired at the rank of
19Sergeant First Class from the United States Army National
20Guard's 933rd Military Police Company; and



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1    WHEREAS, James Knight retired from the United States Postal
2Service after 30 years on the same mail route in the Bridgeport
3community; after retiring, he enjoyed spending time with his
4many friends at "his office" and Saturday morning breakfast
5with his military "family"; and
6    WHEREAS, James Knight was preceded in death by his parents
7and a daughter, Mildred; and
8    WHEREAS, James Knight is survived by his wife, Dr. Ollie M.
9Knight; 3 children, Rev. Melody Seaton, Dr. Millicent Knight
10(Dr. Harvey Echols), and Monica Smith; 8 grandchildren, Kenny
11Whigham, Michael and Curtis Milner, Veronique (Earnest) Crim
12Wallace, Ernest (Cassie) Crim, III, Jaylen and Jahmal Smith,
13and Matthew Echols; 8 great-grandchildren, Chloe, Rassan,
14Janea, Kwonzel, Nastassja, Meriah, Kiara, and Jamar; 4
15godchildren, Wennoa Lewis-Blair and Brenda, Mariner, and
16Theodore Brinson; 2 cousins, Pamela Dave and Jackie Jones; 3
17sisters-in-law, Charlie B. (Jarvis) Stamps, Aggie, and Mamie; a
18brother-in-law, United States Representative Bennie (London)
19Thompson; and many other family members and friends; therefore,
20be it
22ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we, along with his
23family and friends, mourn the passing of James "Jimmy" W.



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1Knight; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of James Knight as an expression of our