Connie Knighton Jr. made the journey on September 28, 2021 to be with the Lord and family and friends waiting to receive him. He was 90 years old. Connie was born September 7, 1931 in Toledo, OH to Connie Knighton Sr. and Ora Lee (Sebastian) Pearson. He moved to Fremont, Ohio in 1954 and started working for Fremont Foundry there. Connie also worked for Miller Motor Sales where he developed his passion for detailing cars. Other work history for Connie included Henkel Claus Cutlery, Union Carbide and Eveready Battery where he retired after 25 years at the age of 62. After retirement, Connie still remained active, picking up cars for American Motors in Fremont and then working as a Security Guard for Continental Security at the Toledo Edison Plant in Fremont.
Connie was married to Joan F. (Caldwell) Harris and then later to Janet (Snodgrass) Knighton. Children include Desiree Subsara (Bill), Tersea (Lyn) Heidelburg (Steve) and Tina Brown (Mark). Grandchildren include Richard Knighton (Anna Drown and her son, Cody), Billy Subsara (Clarissa), Shawn Heidelburg, Shannon Heidelburg (Zack), Ashley Mathews (Tom) and Joseph Jenkins. Great grandchildren include DeShawn & Ra’kquan Heidelburg, Candy Knighton, Dejsha Pettiford, TaShawn & Ta’shanti Heidelburg and Cameron Mierke. There are also five great-great grandchildren, including Aviana Delyn Anderson and newest member, Kai’ryn Rainor Mathews, born on September 24, 2021. Also are many nieces and nephews related to Connie.
Connie was preceded in death by his parents, Connie Knighton Sr. and Ora Lee Pearson, his special aunt, Anna Laura Tucker, brothers Richard, Manuel, Parker and Charles Pearson, sisters Gertrude Drane, Evelyn Jackson and great-great granddaughter, Thalia Mathews.
Connie enjoyed bowling, softball, roller skating, dancing, cooking ribs, trips to the casinos, all varieties of music and making people laugh. Who can forget his favorite saying “I’m still better looking than you”! He umpired softball games for about 20 years and loved it.
Connie accepted Christ into his life and was a long-time member of the Greater St. James Church in Fremont. He was a wonderful man who lived a long and wonderful life and loved everyone.
The family wishes to recognize Heartland Hospice for their kind care of our Dad. We also would like to recognize Dr. David DeFrance and his staff for their kind treatment and care of Connie throughout the years. A special thanks to Pastor Todd Chance for his care, guidance and support for our Dad.
To My Beloved Father,
You have always been there for your children, grandchildren and friends. Family meant everything to you. I will be forever grateful that I could return the favor in recent times. I have no regrets whatsoever.
My heart aches right now, but we will always be together because our Love can never be broken. You taught me to love, respect and have a heart. You will never be far away from my heart and love. I love you Dad.
Your loving daughter, Desiree
In lieu of flowers, any cash contributions to help with Connie’s final expenses through Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 425 East State St., Fremont, OH 43420 would be greatly appreciated.
A memorial for Connie will be held at the Greater St. James Church, 629 North Sixth St., Fremont Ohio on Saturday, October 9th at 11:00 am (masks required), followed by a repass at the same location.