Mark Nolan McKnight, November 19, 1957~March 17, 2015

McKnight for Website_edited-1Mark Nolan McKnight, 57, of West Fork died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Waldron.  He was born November 19, 1957 in Fayetteville to Jim and Kay Fisk McKnight.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Kent McKnight.

Mark graduated from West Fork High School; was a member of West Fork Community Church; a member of the Farmers Cooperative; and was a successful business owner and farmer.

He was a fiercely independent man of God, family and the land.  His kindness, loyalty, generosity and compassion to both friends and family were greatly treasured and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Karla McKnight of the home; son, Joseph McKnight of West Fork; daughter, Jennifer McKnight of Elkins; granddaughter, Brynnah Kayte McKnight of West Fork; stepdaughter, Bethsheba McCoy and husband, Justin of West Fork; brother, Matt McKnight; sister, Griffin McKnight of Prairie Grove; sister, Mary Lee Thoma and husband, Joe of Siloam Springs; sister, Betsy Pugh and husband, Mike of Fayetteville; brother, Tom McKnight and wife, Dena of West Fork; grandmother, Eloys Lermo of Woodville, TX.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 20, 2015 at First Baptist Church of West Fork with Dr. William Brown officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation/Arkansas Office, 320 Executive Court, Suite 101 Little Rock, AR. 72205 or the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, P.O. Box 3964, Batesville, AR. 72503.

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    Suzie, Larry, and Jessie Moheng » 18. Mar, 2015

    So sorry for your loss, but it’s Heaven’s gain. You are in our prayers; praying for comfort, peace, strength and Love. May God hold you in his arms to comfort you with his Love. Mark was a wonderful man, whom was a pleasure to be around.

    BARBARA BOWEN BYNUM » 18. Mar, 2015

    Mark wiill be missed by many.he was afriend to alot of folks, he would always express his kind helpful opinions, to whomever nd whenever he felt like it would shorten your job, nd tell you how to do it right.He always had a listening ear and woul always stop to listen to whatever you had to say, wether he beleived it to be right or not .a good father to Joseph nd Jennifer, and I am sure he was a very good Grandpa to his Grandbaby .we will always remember Mark for the person he was and the thinks hevhas taught us through our journey while knowing him. We are very sorry for the loss of yorSon Jim and Kay, nd your husband Karla, your Dd josph nd Jenniffer and your uncle Ryn and etc.we ar only a rock throw aay if yal ever need us.We know that it was his time to go and be Gods angels, as we hve trouble letting go.yes he is gone but he will always be watching u from heavens choir.

    Dawn Przytulski » 19. Mar, 2015

    Karla, I’m so very sorry for your loss and for the family. May you find peace and comfort in God’s arms during this journey. I’ll be praying and thinking about you. Love, Dawn (Walnut Grove Therapy Dept)

    Cathy McConnell Gladden » 19. Mar, 2015

    My heart is heavy for the grief of my sister, Karla. Mark made her extremely happy and faithfully walked the road to heaven with her. There are no words of comfort better than those in Philippians 4:7… May the Peace of God, which passes all (our) understanding keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Peace will come in time, dear sister. Love you; praying for you. Cathy

    Kelly Smith » 19. Mar, 2015

    I am so proud to have had the pleasure to meet and know Mark for the past few years. Mark was the best example of what a man and Christian should be. Kind, honest, caring, hard working and loved his family and God. We will miss him and his smile!

    Mark & Penny Moncrief » 19. Mar, 2015

    We are very sorry for your loss, heaven gained another angel! Remember the precious moments and know you will meet again someday!! God bless you all!

    Chris, Mary Ann & Paden Adams » 19. Mar, 2015

    Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for peace for you and the family. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do.

    Lois Coulter » 19. Mar, 2015

    Karla and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Mark. May you find comfort in God’s love and grace and knowing you will see each other again some day. May you celebrate his life and cherish your memories together.
    God bless,
    Lois Coulter
    former UAMS co-worker

    presley families » 19. Mar, 2015

    thinking of all of you at this time so sorry for your loss

    Karen (Logsdon) Daugherity » 19. Mar, 2015

    To all in the McKnight family: So incredibly sad to hear of your loss. Mark will be missed by many. I have lots of good memories of Mark and your family, extending back to our elementary school days, through high school and into our adult lives, crossing paths in West Fork. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend Mark’s services tomorrow because of an out of town commitment…but be assured my thoughts and prayers are with you all..

    Terry Hall » 19. Mar, 2015

    Karla I am so sorry for your loss of Mark. I pray God will give you the comfort that only He can provide. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. There will be days ahead when you can remember all the good times you had together and smile again. I’m a call away if you need me.


    sandy walker » 19. Mar, 2015

    my dear Karla and family I am so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you will find peace and comfort from John 14 27. Karla if there is anything at all I can do please let me know. I love you I will be praying

    Connie Kronable » 19. Mar, 2015

    So very sorry to hear about Mark’s passing…warm thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Heaven got another angel…

    george davidson » 19. Mar, 2015

    sorry to here about marks passing mark was a true friend to me jim&kay&family has been my friends for a life time I will miss mark very much George,kenny.johnny,pete

    Lynne Thompson Prater » 19. Mar, 2015

    Jim, Kay and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of prayers! He was a great guy.
    Lynne Thompson Prater

    Larry and Brenda Elkins » 19. Mar, 2015

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. God be with you.

    kerrie Bryant » 19. Mar, 2015

    Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. You must let your heart know he is just waiting for you. I pray for peace and comfort for you. Please call me if there I anything I can do. My heart feels for you. Let your heart be filled with your memories. God Bless you and comfort you. Kerrie Bryant, former UAMS co-worker and friend. Love ya.

    Ben and Pam (Risley) Fields » 20. Mar, 2015

    My prayers go out to the McKnight family. I can’t say I know how you feel, for I’ve never lost a brother, nor a child. I always remembered Mark remembered as being very nice to me. May God hold you close and wrapped in His eternal love during your time of mourning. Both Pam and I express our condolences.

    Caryn Caire » 20. Mar, 2015

    Karla, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. My condolences to you and your family. I wish peace and healing to you. ~ Caryn (Therapy Department at WGNR)

    Sharon George » 20. Mar, 2015

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

    Richard Tedford » 20. Mar, 2015