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Ms. Edna Lee Kesler Knight, age 90, of Bonifay, Florida passed away August 11, 2023, at her granddaughter’s home in Clermont, Florida. She was born May 19, 1933, in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Lawrence Curtis Kesler and Rosa Lee Garrett Kesler. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Joel Lee Knight Jr, three sons, Joel Lee Knight III, Curtis Bruce Knight, and Jesse Gill Knight, and two siters, Tudor Frances Kesler Murray and Kathryn Rosamond Kesler Burger.

Edna married Joel Lee Knight Jr. in July of 1956 in Roanoke, Virgina and was blessed with four children. They moved to Bonifay in the summer of 1972 from southwest Florida. Edna graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Education Degree and taught for the Holmes County School District for ten years.

Ms. Knight is survived by one daughter, Rebecca Ann Knight of Marianna, FL; a granddaughter, Yuko Sakino-Floyd and husband Emmanuel Floyd of Clermont, FL; a grandson, Kenji Sakino and wife,

Miki Sakino of Saga, Japan; two great-granddaughters, Sophia Sakino and Katelyn Sakino both of Saga, Japan; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, August 17, 2023, at East Mt. Zion Methodist Church with Pastor Roger Whitaker and Rev. Jonathan West officiating. Interment will follow in the East Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 9 to 10 AM at East Mt. Zion Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home or East Mt. Zion Methodist Church Building Fund.

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