George L. Knight was born June 8, 1919, in southeastern Vigo County. Herbert and Pearl (West) Knight were the proud parents of their seventh child, who joined four sisters and two brothers, now deceased.
George's mother graced Vigo County until she was 103 years old. George has always stated that he wished to live to at least 100.
His family and Blackhawk School instilled in George the love of music and reading. These skills led to his love of travel to many far-off places including five times to Europe, New York City operas and sporting events, cruises, and many states in the continental U.S. At age 82 he drove from Columbia City, Indiana, to Fairbanks, Alaska (3,000 miles) and back by himself.
George sang with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorale and held the same seats for the Orchestra from 1948 until 2013.
George met his wife of 45 years, Virginia, when he lived with one of his older sisters in Kokomo. At that time he began his career with the General Electric Co. He and Virginia purchased a small home north of Kokomo. Their love of music took them to many types of concerts. They had two children, David and Jessica.
George was transferred to the Taylor Street office in Fort Wayne in 1948. In 1955, they purchased an 80-acre farm in Whitley County, northwest of Fort Wayne, where George lived until 2012 when he entered an assisted living facility.
During those years leading up to 2012, George attended the Blackhawk School Reunion each year. He was the oldest attendee of the class of 1937 most of those years.
According to the school reunion historian, this year's reunion had 69 attendees; the oldest one present was from the 1949 class. Many remembered George attending past reunions.
George's family has blessed him with five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In November 2016, George requested to return to Vigo County. He resides at Meadows Manor East in Terre Haute which is near his son and daughter who visit him regularly.
One request that he made after his return to Vigo County was to see the Larry Bird statue. His family made sure he got to see it. He said, "Boy, it sure is tall."
As George celebrates his 100th birthday, we hope he will enjoy more blessed years. Family and friends will gather at Meadows Manor East on June 8, 2019, to wish George a happy 100th birthday.