Leon Phillip Knight
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Leon Phillip Knight
He started walking with Jesus as an adult on February 8, 1987, but once he made that decision, he lived his life to love and serve Jesus and others. One of his favorite places to be was University Heights Baptist Church. Phillip and Rosie served in the Student Ministry there for over 20 years, teaching Sunday School, going to many Youth Camps, hosting Fusion weekends, setting and cleaning up things no one ever knew about, and so many other ways. After leaving Student Ministry, they began serving in PreSchool with Kindergarten.
For the next 10 or more years, Phillip was every Kindergarten student's favorite jungle gym, and no one knows who enjoyed that more--Phillip or the students! Since leaving the Preschool ministry, he has developed a reputation as the "Cookie Man" and has been the first one at the church to open the doors and begin getting cookies and coffee ready for everyone. He served in all of these capacities with a loyal and cheerful heart, because he knew his purpose was found in serving God and others.
The lives he touched are countless.
Phillip worked for Champion International for 26 years where he met lifelong friends and enjoyed the ability his job gave him to be outside doing forestry work. This is also where he met the love of his life, Rosie. After Champion closed its doors, he went to work for TDCJ and again found jobs that allowed him to use his skills. One of his favorite jobs was working for his good friend Noah Spear as the jack-of-all-trades on his various properties.
When Phillip wasn't serving at church, work, or around the neighborhood, he could be found cheering on his Dallas Cowboys (he prided himself on being a lifelong fan) and the Houston Astros, spending time with family, or watching his grandchildren in all of their activities.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Rosie; daughter Lisa Langlais and husband Philip; son BJ McMichael and wife Holly; grandchildren Stephen Langlais, Abby Langlais, Hannah Langlais, Elijah McMichael, and Trinity McMichael; sisters Susie Pynes and Jeannette Burson and husband Lloyd; and a host of many loved nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws.
He is preceded in death by his parents Loen Patrick Knight and Frances Miller-Knight-Hussey; grandparents Bennie and Ollie Knight and Joe and Susan Miller; and siblings Betty Ann Weatherford, Bennie Joe Knight, and William Auther "Billy" Knight.
Phillip Knight was born on March 5, 1953, and Jesus took him to the place He had prepared for him on January 3, 2020. That homecoming and his life will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 7 at 10:00 am at University Heights Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Student and Preschool Ministries at University Heights, where some of the people he loved being around the most are learning about the Jesus Phillip loved.
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