Edson A. Knight Sr. 1946-2021

YOUNGSTOWN — Edson Andrew Knight Sr., 74, died Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Born Dec. 1, 1946, in Takoma Park, Md., Edson was also known by family and friends as Ed, Eddie, Grandpa, Grampie, and many others throughout his life.

His master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and divinity paired well with his personality as a selfless individual who cared deeply for every person he ever met. Serving as a pastor for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church early in his career, and as a counselor for the State of Ohio later, he helped countless lives in both his professional and personal life.

A connoisseur of “slightly burnt baked goods” and a master of putting on a “word of twist,” Edson was always quick with a pun, contagious with a laugh and kind to all. A lover of travel, nature and animals, Edson spread his joy to everyone and everything he touched, taking only memories with him through his joy of photography. While not tinkering on a project or sneaking pie crumbs off a plate, you could find Edson sharing his “worldly wisdom” of British comedies that matched his unique sense of humor. From playing games with grandchildren to a rousing round of Rook with family and friends, joy followed everywhere and to everyone Edson touched, and it will continue to follow us all through our memories we keep of him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Charles and Viola Gertrude Salsgiver Knight; and his brother, James Knight.

Edson is survived by his children, Liesl Knight Dobozy and her husband, Christopher, and E. Andrew Knight Jr. and his wife, Marsi; five grandchildren, Cheyanne and Carson Dobozy, and Carter, Cole and Brooklyn Knight; one sister, Karen Knight Caldwell; three nieces, Angelika Sorrow, Aimee Mushik and Jamie Wiseman; one sister-in-law, Elly Knight Herber; and his former wife, Carol Ann Schneider.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort to the family.

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