Mrs Knight, June Dillard
...Mrs June Dillard Knight
lived in the north central area of town, from which she
could hop and skip playfully to McGuffey School
friends.She was a very good student who helped with the McGuffey newspaper, participated in the Girl Scouts and other school activities. Attending Lane High School, she exhibited the same attitude of interest in many facets of school life by working as editor-in chief of the Lane Times school paper, worked as editor of the Bumble Bee magazine, and she was on the staff to develop "The Chain" yearbook.She
was very popular and participated in many social events.She
attended Latin tournaments, played girls basketball 5 years, went to Girl's State, was in Christian Hi-Y and on the student council.She
had many friends of whom many still live in this area. After graduating from high school, she began working in the law firm of Waddell Coles and Richmond as a legal secretary, which prepared her for a future as legal secretary in the firm of Hunton Williams Gay Moore and Powell (who became Justice of the Supreme Court of the USA) in Richmond.
For several years she
took Ballet and Tap dancing lessons form Alice Amory.Eventually, her
ability put her
in the position of teaching dance in The Alice Amory's School of Dance
.Over the years she
danced in many Lion's Club minstrel shows in Charlottesville.At that time she was also a sorority member of Beta Sigma Phi, a businesswomen's sorority.
In 1954, she
renewed a friendship with a high school acquaintance, John Knight, and married him in 1957.Since he
was attending dental school in Richmond, she
accompanied him to Richmond where she
worked in the above law firm.
God surprised them when in November of 1958 He
sent them a beautiful baby boy who was named John H. Knight, Jr. (Jay).The love and happiness of having him as part of the new family, cemented the marriage during difficult times associated with attending dental school while the family wondered how to make ends meet.When John graduated from dental school in 1960 and was awarded his
DDS degree, June
was awarded her
PHT (putting hubby through dental school) degree.
After graduation John and June
returned to Charlottesville where they set up his
dental practice.In September 1963 more love came into the family as another gift arrived, a son Colter Dillard Knight.Life was getting real good.June
was so happy caring for the boys.Being an experienced mother she
was thrilled to learn that another gift was coming.The boys were so happy to go to Martha Jefferson Hospital
to bring mom and sister Heather Rae Knight home during the blizzard like conditions in December 1966. June was a member of First United Methodist Church, a sustaining member of the Junior League, Farmington Country Club where she was very active in tennis and other social activities, and with John was a member of the VA Student Aid Foundation.She
and John were loyal fans of basketball, football and other sports teams at UVA
.They traveled many times to away events from coast to coast and north to south. June
was a devoted wife and mother, never missing any event involving her
children whether it were a teacher's meeting or a sports event in Abilene, Texas or Maui; she
was an excellent mother instilling morals, ethics and the value of education and work as attested to by the success her
children have exhibited in their lives.June
traveled widely and occasionally took her
children even though the travel would take them to Europe or sailing in the British/US Virgin Islands.Her
travel included all of Europe, some of Russia and the Middle East as far as central Turkey.She
enjoyed many cruises from the North Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Ocean with all her
close and dear friends.
After having a very healthy, vibrant life for 65 years, June
developed a lingering illness which kept her
close to the bed for seven years.During the last few months she
suffered severely until she
was freed from pain and the fetters of time and space.
On May 14, 2005 just as on September 30, 1932 when He
returned with June
and together They left, leaving one set of footprints.Thanks be to God for allowing John to share forty-eight years of marriage with June
and for the lives of her
children whom He
The family wants to express their sincere appreciation to the entire contingent of doctors, nurses, technicians and adjunctive staff at the University of Virginia Hospital
for their tireless efforts, kindness, gentleness and expertise during June's
85 days at the hospital.A very special and sincere thanks to Jodean Chisholm, RN, UVA patient care manager and member of our family who so lovingly provided June
and our family with her
tireless love and support.