Keith Leroy Knight

6 March 1936–2006 (Age 69)
Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States

The Life of Keith Leroy

When Keith Leroy Knight was born on 6 March 1936, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States, his father, Tommy Fay Knight, was 45 and his mother, Myrtle May Clark, was 42. He married Christine Mae Tierce on 2 October 1953, in Clark, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Oregon, United States in 1987. He died in 2006, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States, at the age of 70.

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Family Time Line

Keith Leroy Knight
Christine Mae Tierce
Marriage: 2 October 1953
Karl Wade Knight
Gilbert Leroy Knight

Spouse and Children

2 October 1953
Clark, Washington, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Vancel Fay Knight


    Cecil Wayne Knight


    Harold Keith Knight


    Philip Grant Knight


    Elden Knight


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 1

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Age 5

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
1955 · The Civil Rights Movement Begins

Age 19

The civil rights movement was a movement to enforce constitutional and legal rights for African Americans that the other Americans enjoyed. By using nonviolent campaigns, those involved secured new recognition in laws and federal protection of all Americans. Moderators worked with Congress to pass of several pieces of legislation that overturned discriminatory practices.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Keith L Knight, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"
  • Keith Leroy Knight, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Keith Leroy Knight, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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