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Ronald Knight, 77, Adair Co., KY native (1945-2022)

Ronald Knight passed peacefully in the early morning hours of June 20, 2022. He was 77 years old.

Visitation in Louisville will begin on Thursday, June 23 2022, from 11amET until 8pmET at the Newcomer Funeral Home-Southwest Chapel, 10304 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 6pmCT at the Newcomer Funeral Home.

Visitation will continue in Columbia from 10amCT to 1pmCT on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY. A Funeral Service will follow at 1pmCT on Saturday at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Bearwallow Cemetery.

Born and raised in Adair County, Kentucky, he was the third child born to William and Cecil Knight. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Wanda Josephine, the two settled in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1966.

A "Girl Dad," before it was cool to be one, Ronnie was the proud father of Ronetta, Danyale, Kim, and two bonus daughters, Karen and Paula. And later, he became an even prouder grandfather to Cayla, Allie, Sydney, Nicki, Kenneth, Kyle, Ryan, Gracie, and Cole. He was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Hayden, and Nolan. Loved by many, "Pappy Choo-Choo," due to his 30 plus years of faithful service to the K & I Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway as a switchman and engineer, was quick to tease (with a look of mischief in his eye) children and adults, and even quicker to help a neighbor who needed a lawn mowed or advice on fixing everything from a car engine to a leaking roof.

He played baseball for the Adair County High School, followed by a brief stint at Western Kentucky University. Later in life, he took a slower pace playing on various men's softball teams. He never lost the competitive spirit.

Ronnie leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 58 years, Joey, daughters - Ronetta (Todd) Miller, Danyale (Jason) Rich, Kimberly (Bobby) Binder, bonus daughters, Karen (Ronnie) McDonough, Paula (Eric) Newman, grandchildren Cayla Reed, Allie Rich, Sydney Rich, Nicki Holston, Kenneth Slayton, Kyle Newman, Ryan Newman, Gracie McDonough, and Cole Newman, great grandchildren, Hayden Holston, and Nolan Holston, and numerous nieces/nephews. He is also survived by two sisters Phyllis (Eddie) Fischer, Eileen Bottoms, one brother William (Lana) Knight, Jr., as well as two sisters-in-law Jeanette (Donald) Knight and Ruby (Danny) Lawless. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald Knight, and sister, Nelda Ferguson.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences at

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Ronald Knight, 77, Adair Co., KY native (1945-2022)

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