Lee Benton Knight Jr., 79 died Saturday January 30, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.
Lee was born in Savannah GA on January 3, 1942 to the late Lee B. Knight Sr. and Lona Payne Knight. He was preceded in death by his sister Helen Mercer and is survived by his sister Sara Poythress (Neal).
Lee graduated from Groves High School in 1960. He attended Armstrong State College and graduated from Louisiana State University Banking School of the South. His distinguished banking career began with Savannah Bank and Trust Company which through mergers and acquisitions became Wells Fargo Bank. He retired a Group Vice President and Financial Specialist from First Union bank in 1999 after 30 years of service.
Lee was a dedicated member of the Coffee Bluff Marine Rescue Squadron for 42 years and served in multiple leadership positions. A long-time member of the LaVida Golf Club, he spent many days golfing, playing cards, and socializing with friends. A true outdoorsman, Lee enjoyed hunting, camping, and boating. Above all, he was an avid fisherman. He loved sports, especially the Georgia Bulldogs, and never missed an Atlanta Braves game. He also enjoyed reading, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of Compassion Christian church.
Lee’s pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Jane Y. Knight and his three devoted daughters Betsy Hinz (Keith), Amanda Mallard, and Jenny Ayscue (Bill). He was “Bubba”: to nine grandchildren; Norman A. Thompson III, Jessica Leigh Porter (Kevin), Candace H. Harris (William), Elizabeth A. Thompson, Annie A. Latta (Austin), Ivy Lee Mallard, Kathleen C. Mallard, Claire E. Ayscue, and William Benton Ayscue. Two great grandchildren; Camden B. Porter and Adelaide D. Porter.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:00 am on the bluff at his residence, 101 WauBun Drive, Savannah, GA. All who loved Lee are welcome. Please practice safe social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate or mailed to 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Jane, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. May GOD be with you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers of Grace, Mercy and Confort be with you and yours! GOD Bless you all!
- Judith E Boaen, Savannah, GA
Rest In Peace old friend!
- Bob White, Greensboro , Ga
- Shelley Blumberg Sapp, Savannah, Georgia
My heart aches for all of you. Lee was a great man. My Daddy and all of us thought highly of Lee and his family. I wish I and Mama could be there. But our thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Denise Sullivan Kerby, Bloomingdale, Georgia
- Kelly Hunt, Savannah, Georgia
I worked with Lee at Savannah Bank in the 70's and enjoyed the many fishing and camping trips we took as a group. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless your family.
- Dick Schuller, Paonia, Colorado
- Chris and Don Dasher, Hilton Head Island, SC
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Celebration of Life