KNIGHT Vivian Breedlove Knight, age 97, passed peacefully, at her home, on October 13, 2011.
Born August 26, 1914 in Dandridge, Tennessee (Jefferson County) to the late Robert and Minnie Breedlove.
At an early age, her father moved the family to Lynch, Kentucky (Harlan County) to take a job as a coal miner and to avail his children of the educational opportunity in the new location. Lynch Independent Colored School offered 12 grades of grammar and high school, which was not available in rural Tennessee.
Vivian received her grammar diploma and was the high school valedictorian.
Vivian continued her education and graduated from Knoxville College in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She went back to her school and became the first graduate to return to the school as a teacher.
She taught third grade at the Lynch Colored School, for 17 years. After relocating to Ohio, she worked and retired from the State of Ohio, Bureau of Worker's Compensation. Vivian was an active member of St. Mark's Baptist Church in Columbus, and a member of the Electa #7 OES, Joshua Court #25.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Knight, brother J. Hubert (Martha), sisters Anna (Eugene) James, Juanita (Frank) Wilson, Naomi (Cecil), nieces Frenetta Miller and Arlunda Rhea Breedlove, nephew Robert Mullins, great-nieces Rosylyn and Jean and great-nephews Christopher, Keith and Gerard.
Vivian is survived by nephews, Ryland Mullins, Sam (Shavon) Knight, Danny Knight, Robert Knight, Wayne Knight and James L. Hood; nieces, Vivian (Calvin) Moore and Uvella Lauderdale; step-daughter, Lillian Knight; and sister-in-law, Era Wilson; and 4 generations of great nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. with service beginning at 11 a.m. at Mt. Period Baptist Church, 852 Kimball PL., Columbus, OH. Pastor Jerry Carter, Officiating, Rev. A.M. Ballinger, giving the eulogy.
Interment at Glen Rest Memorial, Reynoldsburg, OHIO. Arrangements entrusted to DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long Street.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Mark's Baptist Church Education Fund. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 19, 2011,