James Nolan Knight, age 86, of Roswell passed away Wednesday July 20, 2016. A memorial service will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 25, 2016 at West Country Club Road Church of Christ. Doug Austin will be officiating.
Nolan was born October 17, 1929 in Iraan, Texas to Henry Clinton and Maudie Dell Smith-Knight. He grew up in Texas where he lived through the Depression Era and learned what hard work was, at an early age. He met and married the love of his life Gwen Stark on September 16, 1950 in Portales, New Mexico. Shortly after Nolan went into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country in the Korean War. When he returned home, he was a supervisor for twenty-five years with Mountain Bell Telephone Company. Nolan retired in 1980 and then established his own business KL Enterprises, Inc. The company specialized in building fiber optic telephone systems in multiple states, and it eventually evolved into a commercial electrical company servicing the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area and was still active in the Roswell office at the time of his death. Nolan was a kind, gentle, and loving family man who put his wife and daughters first. He never had a harsh word for anyone and lived his life with compassion for others as well as a deep love for animals. Nolan was a man of great faith who loved the Lord and was a member of the West Country Club Road Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents Henry Clinton and Maudie Dell Smith-Knight; brother Ricky Knight; sister-in-law Nancy Knight; his very special father and mother-in-law Ed and Neva Stark.
He is survived by his wife Gwen Knight of the home; daughters Kim Knight of Roswell, and Nolana Knight-Bassett and her husband John of Roswell; 3 grandchildren Mark Mahone, Amber Knight-Smith and her husband Dris, Kristen Bristow Montano and her husband Alex; 5 Great-Grandchildren Ashlyn Smith, Oseii Smith, Bri Smith, Jace Montano, Lexi Montano; 6 brothers Norman Knight, Jerry Knight and his wife Johnnie, Aaron Knight and his wife Teresa, Butch Knight and his wife Glenda, Richard Knight, Michael Knight and his wife Carla; 2 sisters Vessie Croker and her husband Jack, Peggy Moore and her husband Tony; as well as numerous cousins and numerous special nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made in Nolan's name to the Assurance Home 1000 E 18th St, Roswell, NM 88201 or the Humane Society 703 E McGaffey St., Roswell, NM 88203.