TITLE: In Honor of Robert
By Sylvia L. Green
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In Loving Memory Of
Elder Robert L. Knighten
April 24, 1948 - April 11, 2008
Robert: Old German for “bright fame”
He was a man loved by many.
Enemies–there were not any.
A friend he was to all he knew.
He was genuine–yes, it’s true.
A preacher who meant what he said–
To speak out, he was unafraid.
He would tell you if you were wrong,
Yet still knew how to get along.
He believed in honor and respect.
The bishop’s honor he would protect.
He spoke well of his wife–no lie–
Called her his “sweet potato pie.”
Fruit baskets, he brought the pastors.
Inspiration–he was master.
Low spirits he knew how to lift;
Encouragement was his gift.
He wanted to see the saints blessed.
A small sum, he would sure protest.
He worked hard to make sure they had–
Even if more, he had to add.
He collected offerings well
And always had a joke to tell.
He would bring a smile to the grim.
No one could raise money like him.
He would compliment the ladies’ hats
Who, there in the audience, sat.
His wit could produce a laugh quick
And make you feel better if sick.
He liked to have a lively church.
On a bench, he would seldom perch.
With singing, he stirred the saints’ hearts
Until, a “fire,” he would start.
He even performed in a group.
They were known as The Gospel Truth.
He was a blessing to others–
Not just his sisters and brothers.
He will be greatly missed by all,
But he had to answer God’s call.
With fond memories, we won’t part.
He will remain in our hearts.
© 2008 Sylvia Larane Green
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