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Velva "Joy" (Sprague) Knight, age 83, of Texarkana, Texas passed away peacefully at Cornerstone Methodist Retirement Community on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Joy was born May 31, 1932 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Ruby DeLois Phillips and James Howard Sprague. She attended Chickasha High School before attending Oklahoma State University, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She graduated OSU with a Bachelors Degree in English. She went on to complete her Masters Degree in Education at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas.

During her time at OSU she met and then married the love of her life, Joseph "Joe" Nelson Knight, Sr. They were married in Chickasha, Oklahoma on August 15, 1954. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2001. They spent 47 wonderful years enjoying each others' company; preparing fabulous meals; playing bridge; working crossword puzzles; and going on many fun fishing trips. Both Joy and Joe were fanatical sports enthusiasts. They spent many hours together watching baseball, football, basketball, golf and tennis.

Joy was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was excited being a "Granny" to her three grandsons. Her role as mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her; this is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Joy loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for company. She also loved to garden and sew.

Joy was a gifted educator who taught high school English for many years in Canyon, Texas; Hooks, Texas; before retiring from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas. She was an avid reader of newspapers, biographies and especially of British literature.

In the past she was an active volunteer most notably for the Texarkana Museum System at the Ace of Clubs House. She attended St. James Episcopal Church in Texarkana where she served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King.

She is survived by her children and spouses; Ann Rosalie (Tony) Clowers of Texarkana, Texas and Joseph "Joe" Nelson Jr. (Nelda) Knight of Redwater, Texas. She took extreme pride in her three grandsons; Zachary Christopher Clapp of Texarkana, Texas; Andrew Joseph Knight of Bedford, Texas; Matthew Peter Knight of Ft. Hood, Texas. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Roy Lindsey of Cordell, Oklahoma and her three nephews; Roy Lee (Melissa) Lindsey of Yukon, Oklahoma; Troy (Ann) Lindsey of Frisco, Texas; James (Beth) Lindsey of Cordell, Oklahoma.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Texarkana, Texas, with the Rev. Douglas Anderson officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 417 Olive Street, Texarkana, Texas 75501 or to Hospice of Texarkana, 803 Spruce Street, Texarkana, Texas 75501.

Online registration is at www.texarkanafuneralhome.com
Published on March 24, 2016
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