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Chelsea, AL – Ms. Karen Sue Fortenberry Knight, age 62, of Chelsea, Alabama, and formerly of Haleyville, Alabama and Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Monday, October 17th, 2016, at UAB Palliative Care, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 20th, 2016, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., following visitation, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church.  Burial in Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

(The following obituary was received from the Hamilton Funeral Home and the family.)

Mrs. Karen Fortenberry Knight, 62, of Chelsea, Alabama, passed this life peacefully on Monday, October 17, (2016), from complications arising from her battle with Scleroderma. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Alabama, at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 20, with visitation at the church from 9:30 to 11:00 (a.m.). Hamilton Funeral Home will handle arrangements.

Mrs. Knight was born in Haleyville, Alabama, on September 6, 1954. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education both from the University of North Alabama. She met her husband, Don, also an educator, while teaching in the Haleyville City School system. They were married in 1980 and lived in Tuscumbia and Hamilton before moving to Georgia, all the while educating young people. In 2012, they retired and moved to Chelsea, Alabama. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.C. and Ima Jean Fortenberry of Haleyville, and a father-in-law, Randal Knight, of Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband, Don, and two children, their son Casey (Rebecca) Knight, and their two children, Carter and Hannah, and daughter Ami Knight, a sister, Kathy (Gary) Gamble, and a brother, Lynn (Jessie) Fortenberry, and a much-loved mother-in-law, Mary Dell Knight. She is also survived by many loving family members, including nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, it was Karen’s request that donations be made to the ALS Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Ms. Christine Ledbetter Rentschler, age 76, of Chelsea, Michigan, passed away Sunday, October 26th, 2014, in Chelsea, Michigan.

Visitation, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 31st, 2014, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

She was born in Hamilton, Alabama on November 11, 1937 the daughter of George and Jesma Watts Ledbetter. She grew up in Alabama, graduating from Hamilton High School in 1957. She then moved to Michigan, and eventually to Chelsea in 1966. Her first job was at the A & W. After that she worked at Wrigley’s Supermarket. She was a member of Salem Grove United Methodist Church. Her favorite pastimes were cooking and canning, and she especially loved cookbooks. She also loved antique tractor shows.

She is survived by her loving companion Paul Bollinger and his family of Chelsea, Michigan; 2 sisters, Lula Belle Franks and Nellie Sue West; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers Dexter and Bobby Ledbetter; and 2 sisters Louise Goodson and Geraldine Dempsey.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home with Pastor Christine M. Beaudoin officiating. Burial will take place in Hamilton, Alabama.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Salem Grove United Methodist Church or the
charity of one’s choice

Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., Hamilton, AL. In charge of arrangements.

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