HARLEM, Ga. - Mrs. Helon Burge Knighton, 82, beloved wife of the late William Knighton, entered into rest Tuesday, December 25, 2007, at her residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007, at the Harlem Baptist Church with the Reverend Robert J. Blankenship and Reverend Philip Vestal officiating. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens, near Grovetown.
Mrs. Knighton was born in Clinton, N.C., to the late Bynum Brady Burge and Katie Lee Herring Burge and graduated from Fayetteville High School in North Carolina. She worked at the Snack Shop at Fort Gordon for five years and was an Assistant Librarian for Harlem High School for ten years. She was member of the AARP, NARFE, Harlem Woman's Club, Walton Library Club, and the VSP Club of Harlem. She had served as Past Matron of the Frances Bell Chapter Order of the Eastern Star # 75 and was a member of the Past Patrons Club of District #26. She was also a member of the Supreme Assembly International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and Holder of the Grand Cross of Color. Mrs. Knighton was a member of the Harlem Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
Survivors include one son Douglas (Faye) Knighton, Thomson; five daughters, Carolyn Ebersole, Harlem, Donna Knighton, Harlem, Gwynn (Scotty) Dent, Thomson, Yvette (Greg) Godbee, Harlem, and Teresa (Steve) Tudor, Harlem; one brother Victor Burge, Lumberton, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Lisa (Shawn) Land, Thomson, Mark (Adelaide) Vescovo, Harlem, Shannon (Tom) Parsons, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Brice Tudor and Trevor Tudor, of Harlem; six great-grandchildren, Levi Land, Logan Land, Byran Smith, Jackson Garrison, Macy Buffington, and Casey Tabor. She was preceded in death by a brother Billie Dixie Burge. Pallbearers were Brent Godbee, Brian Godbee, Andy Blair, Scott Dean, Gary Holley and Jimmy Lewis.
If so desired, memorials may be made to the Harlem Baptist Church Generation Fund, PO Box 790, Harlem, GA 30814 or to the McDuffie Friends of Spay and Neuter Foundation of McDuffie and Columbia County, Attention Ruth Tracy, 310 North Hicks Street, Harlem, GA 30814.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.