James Orval Knight

James (Jim) Knight, 69 born March 11, 1949 in Burlington, KS to Alvesta Byancy Roth-Cook and Orval “Jack” Knight, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 in his home.

Jim grew up in Gridley and Yates Center KS.  He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was the former owner of Roto-Rooter and Knight’s Drain Cleaning in Emporia, KS.  Most of his career was spent working as an Apartment Maintenance Supervisor.

Jim is survived by his two daughters Krystee Pearson (Shawn Pearson) and Sandy Knight.  He also has 4 grandchildren Chelsea (Matt) Vibert, Ethan Pearson, Tarah (Tyler) Isbell, Samantha (Hunter) Wing.  Two Great-grandchildren Anabelle Lopez and Jaxton Wing.  Three brothers Junior Cook, Shelby Cook and Arden Cook.  He also has many nieces and nephews, lifelong friends he left behind in California and old friends in Kansas that were all very important to him.  He is proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Robert (Tulsa Bob) Knight and grandson Adrian Lewis.

He spent the last 30 years in Southern California and had only moved back to Kansas 2 ½ years ago.

To know Jim was to know that he was just was who he was.  If you saw him he probably had a cigarette in his hand. He loved women, beer, motorcycles and shell fish. He would tell you to never by cheap shit and was proud of his credit score. He loved to take care of the wild animals that lived around him, including a peacock that he befriended and referred to as “Mr. Peacock”.   He provided a home to many cats that he rescued. Three of them, Ashley, Princess and Ginger were still with him when he passed away.

Jim would have turned 70 on March 11.  He wanted to be cremated and to have his ashes spread at Key West Cemetery near Lebo, KS. where his dad and brother are.  He hated the cold and didn’t want anyone to have to go out there in the winter.  He asked to have us pick a nice spring day to go spread his ashes.  We have decided to do this on Saturday, March 9th, two days before his birthday.  More details will be provided as the date approaches.

Jim loved animals and was very proud of the work that his daughter Sandy had done in the creation of the Never Let Go Fund, to help families with children who are fighting cancer.  If you would like to make a memorial contribution in his honor, please choose an animal rescue of your choice or the Never Let Go Fund.  Checks for the Never Let Go can be mailed to Emporia Community Foundation 527 Commercial St Suite B Emporia, KS  66801  or online at https://www.emporiacf.org/make-donation.

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  1. What a wonderful write up on Jim – so truly him..
    My deepest condolences to Krystee & Sandy – his grandchildren and family. Jim truly loved his two girls, Krystee & Sandy and was so proud of them both. To know Jim , was to love Jim and there was no other like him – he was Jim – serious at times, funny, a true friend – a true person & so loveable in many ways. Many years ago he jumped into my heart and I never let him out – he will always have a special place in my heart, thoughts and prayers. .
    My love and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

  2. Although I only knew Jim through Facebook, he was a delight to chat with. His daily peacock posts when Mr. Peacock was around cheered me immensely when I was having a hard time. He has touched many lives including mine up here in Canada. My condolences to his family.

  3. Jim you left behind a wonderful family and an awesome legacy. You will be missed by so many….family, friends and all those furry and feathered little creatures you took such great care of. My deepest condolences to all of you who Jim left behind. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. I always enjoyed his stories and photos of Mr. Peacock. Not your traditional pet. I only knew him through Facebook, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to know him, even if only a little bit. God Bless your family. And Jim, have a great time up there.

  5. What a beautifully written statement…yes…he managed my parents appt in Escondido for years….he was there at a moments drop if they needed anything….he loved my father an regifted by mail a machete my dad gave him from his Army days in Phillipines..I was so speechless he thought to do that….your dad was a kind soul…..loved him very much ❤️❤️❤️❤️bless all of you..embrace..embrace..my daddy will be 7years Dec 1…feels like 7minutes….he will ALWAYS be with you..watch for signs an dreams

  6. Wow! So beautiful! He will be missed dearly! Thank you for sharing your dad, grandpa, and friend with us! Thank you for posting this for all to read! I remember him constantly showing us his credit score and how proud he was! Lol. Love him so much and our condolences to you and your family.

  7. You we’re the first to welcome us to San Diego at our door step. You found out we were Knights and brought your family tree and wanted to see if we were related LOL!! THEN and THERE I knew We had a friend for life. You were an awesome neighbor and an amazing friend to my animals thats for sure.Obi loved getting cookies from you. You will be missed! Keep an eye on us Jim and a closer eye on your girls. Love you!

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