The following was read by Pamela Stafford at Mama D's funeral:
Mama D was born 86 years ago. She was the oldest child, with three brothers and one sister. Two of her brothers are here with us today. Mama D married at a young age to Daniel Knight, and they soon started their family. Over a period of 20 years, Mama D had five boys and four girls. Her husband died before Mama D gave birth to her last son, leaving her to complete the raising of her children alone. Mama D was one of the most unselfish people I ever knew and loved. When her children were still at home, fried chicken was a favorite family meal. When it came time to serve yourself, Mama D always took the back portion of the chicken saying that it was the best piece. Her children knew in their hearts that she wanted them to get the better pieces.
Mama D worked hard over the years and did whatever was necessary to support her children, at times enduring factory work that was extremely tedious.After close to 20 years, all of her children had started families of their own and Mama D was able to take a little time for herself. She loved to travel, and if anyone said let's go somewhere, she was ready to pack her bags. Her favorite places to visit were Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. She also loved a good game of cards. Anyone close to Mama D knew if they were in the mood for cards, they could just go to Mama D's house and in minutes enough people would be there to start at least one table of Rook, Spades, Rummy, or whatever the favorite game of that time happened to be. One quote I have often heard is well, I know you are one of the Knight children. You all look so much alike. There is one brother in the family that people claim must have been adopted. If you look close in the face, you can see the resemblance, but he is much thinner than the rest of the clan. We all know why he is so much smaller. He moved to Texas, away from Mama D's good cooking and the force feeding that she put any one through while at her house. It didn't matter if you ate a full meal before you visited her, she always insisted that you look hungry hon, and immediately began to fix you something to eat.
It is hard to remember Mama D without a smile on her face,
with a great sense of humor. Her laugh was contagious. She never
complained, she never griped. If you went to her house in a bad
mood, you always left feeling everything was right with the
world.Mama D had a special love for all babies and children. Till
just before she died, in her mind, she was still cooking and
caring for her children. I know that Mama D felt God had blessed
her with her brothers and sisters, 9 children, 17 grandchildren,
31 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and dozens of
family members by marriage. But, all of us know that we were the
ones that were truly blessed by having her in our lives for the
time that we did.We love you Mama D. Our lives and hearts will
never be the same without you.
Thank you God for sharing her with us.