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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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