Douglas Leon Knighten
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The Celebration of Life honoring the life and legacy of Douglas Leon Knighten will be held Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 11:15am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.
Douglas Leon Knighten was born June 19, 1949, to the parentage of Earnest Knighten, Jr. and
Daisy Stano Knighten in Marshall, Texas. At the age of six he was baptized at Edwards Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church and participated throughout his youth.
While attending J.H. Moore Elementary, he was introduced to piano; and his creative side
was enhanced while attending H. B. Pemberton Sr. High School. He participated in the Panther
Band where he played Trumpet, Band Club President, and Senior Choir, and graduated in the
Class of 1967.
After high school he attended TSTI before serving his country during the Vietnam Conflict
earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Star, Republic
of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Expert (Rifle).
After the Military he attended Wiley College, before moving to Topeka, Kansas before retiring
in Houston, Texas where he served faithfully as an Honor Guard at Houston National
Douglas Leon is preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Daisy Knighten; two brothers,
Earnest Bertram and Tyrone; and one sister, Kandace.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of Humble Texas; three daughters, Kimberly Knighten (Patrick)) of Marshall, Texas, Tina Knighten Akuta (Joseph ) of Loveland, Colorado, and Dietrma Knighten of Topeka , Kansas; one son, Douglas L. Knighten (Audre) of Topeka, Kansas; four brothers, Derrick (Linda) of Desoto, Texas, Ronald (Charlie) of Garland, Texas, Eddie (Gloria) of San Antonio Texas and Samuel (Bridgett) of Marshall, Texas; seven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren; six step-children , a special lifelong friend, Master Sargent Kirby L. Turner, of Augusta, Georgia, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.