Pastor Walter Knight, 53, passes away


Walter Knight, the former pastor of First Baptist Church, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at the age of 53.

He was born in Portsmouth, VA on Dec. 31, 1954. His father, an original Texan, was in the Navy and thus Knight grew up between Corpus Christi and Virginia.

Knight attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Corpus Christi, graduating from King High School. He then attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he played football before transferring to Southeast Oklahoma. It was there he met and married his wife Leslie.

At that time he also began working with Young Life, a nondenominational Christian organization for high school students. It was then he decided that is what God wanted him to do and thus he entered Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. He earned a master's of divinity.

His first position was as a youth minister at First Baptist Church in Early. He later moved to become a pastor in Abilene and then to Kingsland.

A committee from the local Baptist church went to Kingsland and heard Knight preach, after which they asked him to come to Rockport.

Knight moved his family to Rockport in October of 1997. Due to the fact he had lived on the coast so many years, and he and has wife had grown up in Virginia Beach, VA, making the decision to move to Rockport was an easy one.

Knight served as pastor at First Baptist Church until July of 2006 when he retired for health reasons.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie, one daughter, Lauren, and one son, Spencer, all of Rockport; his parents, Walter and Vera of Denison; one brother; and four sisters.

A service will be held in the chapel of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home in Denison on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Fake and Rev. Scott Smith officiating.

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