Judge Lamar Knight

Judge Henry Lamar Knight, age 92, of Carrollton, Georgia, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013.

He was born in Heard County, Georgia, on February 7, 1921, the son of the late William Albert Knight and Addie Orphelia Smith Knight. He attended elementary school in Heard County and graduated from Centralhatchee High School in 1939. Judge Knight enjoyed playing basketball in high school.

Judge Knight worked for General Motors in Saginaw, Michigan, until the outbreak of World War II. In 1942 he joined the Navy and spent four years in the South Pacific. He served as an engineer on PBY’s flying supplies from San Francisco to the islands in the Pacific area and flying the wounded back to the States. He enjoyed his trips to Australia and New Zealand because he and his crew enjoyed fresh, good food.

After the war, Judge Knight returned to Carrollton and entered West Georgia College and then on to the University of Georgia where he received his law degree from the Lumpkin School of Law in the summer of 1949. He was admitted to the bar in Clarke County in January 1949.

Judge Knight opened his law office in Carrollton in the late summer of 1949. He involved himself in civic and religious activities. He served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and held several offices in the Carrollton Lions Club of which he was a member over 60 years. He was a Mason and Shriner.

Judge Knight served as city attorney, and in 1960 was elected judge of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, which included Carroll, Heard, Troup, Coweta and Meriwether counties. He served actively for 20 years and retired in 1981 and then was appointed Senior Judge of Coweta Circuit for life.

In July of 1951, Lamar Knight married Mary Carolyn Hilyer of LaGrange and they made their home in Carrollton.

Judge Knight was a member of the First Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Board for a number of years. He had also served as chairman of Board of Trustees.

Judge Knight was known as a tough judge but he believed very strongly in fair and equal justice for all citizens. 

Judge Knight was a devoted Georgia Bulldog football fan and a season ticket holder for many years. He was an avid hunter and hunted often with his favorite dog Jerry and his close friend Simpson Carter. He also enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.

Judge Knight is survived by his wife, Carolyn Knight, who was the center of his life for 61 years; sister, Nell Crews of Carrollton; sister-in-law, Emily Medlin and spouse Bob of Merritt Island, Florida, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful to special friends Carolyn Holden, Margaret Johnson and Renea Gurley of Robin’s Nest.

It was the desire of Judge Knight that no visitation or service be held. Judge Knight will be cremated and his remains returned to the Hilyer plot at Shadow Lawn in LaGrange for a family remembrance.

In a note in his own handwriting outlining his wishes Judge Knight wrote, “At the time of my passing I want to simply put on my walking hat and walk out of this life into the next. I have had a good life.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alice’s House Community Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1596, Carrollton, GA 30112; Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia, 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118; or Tanner Hospice, P.O. Box 1136, Carrollton, GA 30112.

Messages of condolence may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com.

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.

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