Local veteran celebrates 100th birthday

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Local veteran and Dodger baseball fanatic, Raymond Knight, had the party of a lifetime as he hit a triple of his own.

“It’s crazy how fast he turned 100,” Nikolas Tennison, Knight’s great-grandson said.

Surrounded by over a hundred of his closest friends and family, Knight celebrated a centennial.

“I am just so excited for him, that he has hit this milestone in his life,” Pat Edgerle, Knight’s daughter, said. “And that he’s fairly healthy for his age and that he’s been able to live 100 years and have the legacy that he does.”

So what’s the secret to living so long?

“Just cause we were serving the lord,” Knight said. “I think is the reason.” 

In 1942, Knight was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served during World War II. He was stationed all over the world, but there’s one place he remembers more than others.

“Tucson, Arizona,” Knight said.

“That’s where he met me,” Knight’s wife, Mariam Knight, said.

“That’s where I met her,” Knight said.

Knight and his wife have been married for almost 72 years, going through everything life throws at them, including triple bypass surgery in the late 80s.

“He had to retire, of course, at 60 so we have a good, full life,” Mariam Knight said “We had a motor home and we went a lot.” 

Together the couple has three children, five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.

“We love each other,” Mariam Knight said.

While family will always be Knight’s first love, the Los Angeles Dodgers come in a close second.

“For his 90th birthday we got him a number “90” jersey from his grandkids and we put “grandpa” on the back,” Michael Edgerle, Knight’s grandson, said. “For his 95th birthday we got him a new jersey from the great-grandkids who call him papa, so we put “papa” on the back. We, for number 100, we were able to get him, they don’t make three-digits jerseys usually, but we did get a custom jersey made, number “100” and on the back we simply put his name, “Ray Knight” number “100”.”

A signed baseball accompanied the number “100” jersey, because bleeding blue is just what the family does.

This past October, Knight and some of his family even attended Game 6 of the World Series. 

“They done pretty good,” Knight said. “But they just couldn’t pull it out in that last game.”

Knights actual birthday was Sunday, Feb. 25.

From all of us at 17 News, happy birthday Mr. Knight!

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