Beaver Bishop Knighton

Beaver Bishop Knighton, Sr., 90, of Merryville, LA, was born on July 14, 1927 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 11, 2017.


Beaver was a 1958 graduate of Grambling State University.  After college, he was drafted into the Army in 1952, for the Korean Conflict.  After the Army, he went back to college and received his bachelor’s degree and began his teaching and coaching career, which would last 31 years.  He was an Alderman for the Town of Merryville, Supervisor of Calcasieu Soil and Water Association and a member of the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association.


Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Michael Knighton and Pamela of Merryville, LA, and Beaver Knighton, Jr. and Tonya of Sugarland, TX; daughter, Michele Knighton Spikes and Mac of DeRidder, LA; brother, Weldon Knighton of Lake Charles, LA; seven grandchildren:  Derek Knighton, Terrell Knighton, Christen Knighton, Michael Knighton, Jr., Michaela Knighton, MacKennon Spikes and Mason Spikes; two great grandchildren:  Devin Knighton and Darius Knighton and a host of other family and friends.

Mr. Knighton was preceded in death by his wife, Modestine Gill Knighton; his six brothers:  Sheppard, Thomas, Clarence, Verlie, Don Jr., and Elmo Knighton; his four sisters:  Versie Shelton, Negatha Knighton Wallace, Ersie Conley and Hessie Lane.


Visitation will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 5:00PM to 9:00PM at Myers Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 16, 2017 also at Myers Colonial Funeral Home.  Reverend Wilfert Williams will be officiating.  Burial will follow at North Merryville Community Cemetery in Merryville, LA.

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