Henry Hudson Knight II
Friday 28th of November 1941 - Monday 23rd of March 2020
Henry Hudson Knight, II, 78, of Lexington, KY, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020. A native of Jessamine County, he was born November 28th, 1941, the only child of the late William Payne and Charlotte Smith Knight.
Henry is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kimberley Kinkead Knight; a son William (Colleen) Knight; two daughters Shelby (David) McRorie and Ridgely Knight; and 2 grandchildren Liam Knight and Charlotte Knight, all of Lexington, KY.
He was raised in Nicholasville, KY and was a member of the first graduating class of Jessamine County High School, in 1959. He received his BS in Physics from Washington and Lee University, in 1963, where he received the distinctions of Cum Laude and DMG-(Distinguished Military Graduate). He received his MBA from University of North Carolina, in 1964.
Henry served in the US Army, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant, from 1965 to 1966. He was the Battery Commander, 25th Infantry Division Artillery, Cu Chi, Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was the Senior Vice President of Johnston, Brown, Burnett & Knight, Inc., Investment Bankers with offices in Lexington and Louisville, KY. He was instrumental in the financing of numerous significant state and municipal projects.
Henry was active civically where he served as officer and/or director of many civic and charitable organizations including: Cardinal Hill Hospital, The Lexington School, Kentucky Industrial Development Council, the Governor’s Council on Economic Development, The Lexington Club, and the Juniper Club. He was a member of Idle Hour Country Club and their Saturday Club.
He was preceded in death by his ex-wife and mother of their son, Maryfrances Culbertson Knight.
Because of the crazy times in which we are living, there will be a private burial this week at the Lexington Cemetery and a Celebration of Life with family and friends at a later date when circumstances allow.
His honorary pallbearers will be Hugh L. Scott, William M. Arvin, Sr., Ann Duncan Bass, Fred M. Keller, Todd Ferula, Quinton W. Walker, Prentice E. Brown, Raymond R. Lovelace, William Meade, Donald E. Oschwald, Paul E. Salamanca, the Board of Directors (past & present) of The Lexington Club, and all the members of the Juniper Club.
He has requested his "nephews” serve as pallbearers: William M. Arvin, Jr., Stephen H. Ethington, Marcus Foster, Louis T. H. Gaver, Leslie Hurt, William Hurt, Conner Keller, Hugh L. Scott, Jr., and John Scott.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, KY 40507, ccclex.org; Bluegrass Care Navigator (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass, bgcarenav.org) 2312 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504 or The American Legion, legion.org.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mr. Knight’s services. To share a remembrance of Henry or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Vivian C. Wrightsays
Dear Kim, I was sorry to read, in the paper, of the loss of your husband, Henry. I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you and your family during this sad time.
Dear Kim and family, My parents and Henry, Fran and Bill were neighbors in Louisville many, many years ago. I babysat for Bill and have such fond memories of them all. I would be grateful if you could pass my condolences on to Bill. I am sending you and your family my deepest condolences as well. Betsy
Cooper and Artie Buschemeyersays
Kim, Artie and I are so sorry to learn of Henry’s passing. He was a great friend and fishing buddy. It has been wonderful to know you and Henry, and we will always hold those memories in our hearts. We hope to see you soon and at Blue Heron in the future. If there is anything we can do to help you, we are pleased to be there for you. Much love ❤️ to you and your family. Cooper and Artie
Kim, you and your family are in my prayers.
Robert P. Adelbergsays
It was my good fortune in life to work with Henry in Louisville. My office was next to Johnston, Brown, Burnett & Knight on Fifth Street for significant years. He along with his business associates were excellent neighbors and friends. May God bless them all!
We are saddened to hear of Henry's passing. Kim, we hope that the many wonderful memories of Henry that you have will sustain you during this most difficult time. We were privileged, and honored, to share friendship with Henry, and we shall miss him. To Kim, and Bill, Shelby, and Ridgely, we send our most heartfelt condolences. M-J and Tom Rogers