Obituary: Jacob W. Knight Jr.


Jacob W. Knight Jr., age 64, of Cullman, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Jacob Knight: A Life of Passion and Purpose

Jacob Knight, a native of Hanceville, Alabama, was a standout athlete from a young age. His prowess on the football field earned him a spot on the 1st All-State Football Team at Hanceville High School. His academic journey led him to Wallace State Community College, where he met his future wife, Cindy Knight. The couple married in 1980, and Jacob continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he completed his bachelor’s degree, he later obtained a master’s in teaching.

Jacob’s passion for sports seamlessly transitioned into a career in teaching and coaching. He began his tenure at Vinemont High School, where he inspired countless students both in the classroom and on the field. During a brief hiatus from teaching, he acquired a state home builder’s license and partnered with Larry Tucker to build houses, Jacob returned to education around 1987 as a PE teacher at Good Hope School.

In 2011, Jacob retired from teaching but remained active in the community. He ventured into business, operating Smith Lake Marina and Resort alongside Larry and Lilly Tucker. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to service continued to shine through in this new chapter of his life.

Above all, Jacob Knight is remembered as a loving father, a hard worker, and a generous soul. His love for music and singing was as profound as his commitment to sports. Known for giving the best advice, Jacob’s wisdom and kindness have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. His story is one of unwavering dedication to his family, his students, and his community—a true testament to a life well-lived.

Jacob is survived by his wife, Cindy Brooks Knight; his son Britton Knight; and his daughter Ally Knight (Luke Johnson); his grandson Fox Johnson, his father-in-law Donald Brooks; his brother Rodell Knight (Laura) and his sister-in-law Kim Roberts (Scott); his sisters Rebecca Barnett (Ralph) and Jo Bales (Harold) and his close friend and business partner Lillie Tucker. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jacob was preceded in death by his parents J.W. and Phamie Knight and his mother-in-law Gail Brooks; his sister Bess Thompson; two Infant Children, and his special cousin and business partner Larry Tucker.

A celebration of life visitation for Jacob will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Drive, Cullman, AL 35057, followed by a celebration of life funeral service at 4 p.m.

Jacob will be laid to rest in Valley Springs Cemetery, Cullman, AL.

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