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Rev David C. Knighton
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Birth: Apr. 5, 1936
Hughes County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 2009
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

The late Rev. Dr. David C. Knighton was born April 5, 1936 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Rev. David A and Lorene Olden-Knighton. David departed this life on June 25, 2009.

David received Jesus Christ as a youth and was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Holdenville, Oklahoma. After high school he joined the U.S. Army. He later attended and received his Bachelor of Science in Theology from Bishop College.

David served 21 years in the U.S. Army and retired as Chief Warrant Officer 4 at Fort Sill Oklahoma. His military tours included Guam, Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He received several military awards during his military career. David served in the artillery and meteorology units.

David was quite an entrepreneur. Upon retirement from the military, he operated a successful home remodeling service, as well as a restaurant business. He enjoyed cooking, fishing and his culinary specialty was making Italian crème cakes.

David accepted his call to the ministry of Jesus Christ in Lawton, Oklahoma at Friendship Baptist Church under the ministry of Rev. L.C. Emery. He later accepted the pastoral ministry at East Star Baptist Church where he served as pastor for the last 31 years.

David loved people and he would help anybody. He was an inspiration not only to his church, but to the whole community of McAlester, Oklahoma. David ministry extended outside East Star Baptist church to other community organizations. He was an honorary member of the Pittsburgh County Holiday Commission where he used his culinary skills for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Banquet. He served on the McAlester Ministers Alliance for many years. He helped organize Volunteers in Corrections. David served as the Moderator of the Coalgate District with the Baptist community, among many other ministry achievements. As moderator David was responsible for 12 to 15 churches. He was a state and national leader in the Baptist community. He was a mentor to many young ministers who are still preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

David leaves to mourn his wife, Gretta of the home. One son, Reginald A. Knighton (Sharron) of Seminole, Oklahoma. One daughter, Lana B. Knighton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One stepdaughter, Sharla Bailey (Jason) of Mukilteo, Washington. One stepson, Dewayne Butler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Four sisters, Thelma (Donald) Fleming of Midwest City, Oklahoma. Joyce (Morris) Griffin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Marva Eddington of Midwest City, Oklahoma. Barbara (Leroy) Brown of Midwest City, Oklahoma. Two brothers, John Knighton of Atlanta, Georgia, Rickey (Joni) Knighton of San Antonio, Texas. Five grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Mother in law, Shirley Gray of Oklahoma City. Brother in laws, Ricky Poole (Rose) of Edmond, Oklahoma. Gary Poole (Angela) of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Sister in laws, Lenore (Dave) Brown of Wichita, Kansas. Dianna Poole of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alice Arnold of Midwest City, Oklahoma Special sons in the ministry include Dennis Randall, Robert Maddox, Cecil Lee and others. David was preceded in death by his father Rev. David A. Knighton, mother Lorene Olden-Knighton, Sister Margie Lee Knighton, Twin sisters, Brother Billy Ray Knighton, and one grandson Jerome Dugar III.

The Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Holdenville, OK. A Wake Service will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at East 
Family links: 
  David A. Knighton (1909 - 1985)
  Lorene Olden Knighton (1912 - 2008)
  Yvonne G. Knighton (1946 - 1996)
  David C. Knighton (1936 - 2009)
  Billy Ray Knighton (1942 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Shiloh Cemetery
Hughes County
Oklahoma, USA
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Record added: Jun 25, 2009
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Rev David C. Knighton
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Rev David C. Knighton
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Thought of my brother today and dropped off flowers via cyber space. I miss my conversations and the laughter we had so much.. I smile even now when I think of our conversations.
- John Knighton
 Added: May. 20, 2013
We love and miss you. We look forward to meeting you again in the heavens.
- Cheryl Smith
 Added: May. 7, 2010

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