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Jean Walker Knight, 87, of Norfolk, Va., passed away July 20, 2016.

Born October 5, 1928, in Mount Vernon, Ga., to the late Roy and Agnes Walker, Jean was the eldest of their three daughters.

Jean Walker Knight
         Jean Walker Knight

She graduated from Wesleyan College in Georgia and later earned her master’s degree while teaching English at LaGrange College. While pursuing her doctorate at Emory University on a teaching fellowship, she met and later married Karl F. Knight. In 1962 they settled in Norfolk, Va., when Karl joined the English faculty at Old Dominion University, and together they raised two children there.

Jean lived a gracious and compassionate life, bringing light to those around her. Her kindness, intellect and good nature continued to attract others to her even as Alzheimer’s took so much from her. This remained evident to the end of her life, as she earned a special place in the hearts of many who provided such wonderful care for her at the memory care units of The Ballantine and Province Place in Norfolk.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the staff of both facilities for their loving attention.

Jean was preceded in death by her sister, Ann.

She is survived by her sister, Peggy (Bobby Jo Goode) of Vidalia, Ga; her husband of 56 years, Karl; her daughter Meg (Agim Zabeli) of Norfolk Va.; her son, Charlie Knight of Richmond Va.; her grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer (Steve Scannapieco), Laura Walker Zabeli and John-Walker Knight; her great-grandson, Wesley Zabeli; and two great-grandsons who will enter the world soon.

A small visitation to celebrate her life will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2016, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 1501 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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