Knight, Durwood Bradley

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December 25, 1935 - July 22, 2018

Knight, Durwood Bradley

Durwood Bradley Knight, Sr., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 22, 2018.  He was born on Christmas Day 1935 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Durwood was the son of the late William Alfred and Addie Pace Knight of Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Skinner Knight; son, Brad Knight; four daughters, Denise Peters, Gail York and husband, Ron York, Misty Lyons, Wyndi Partlow and husband, Dave Partlow.  He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Pritchett and husband, Jimmy Pritchett.  His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren and a multitude of friends and beloved dogs, Hank and Sadie.

He was the owner and operator of Farmers Branch Pest Control for over 50 years.  He worked hard and played hard.  He loved going to the casino, and he never met a stranger and had a “Special Durwood” sense of humor.

The family will be receiving friends and family for visitation and viewing on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.  Celebration of Life services will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be following the services at the Keenan Cemetery in Farmers Branch on Valley View Lane.

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Mike Miller

July 24, 2018 2:51PM

My school friend Bobby Yager, son of the town's fire chief, lived next door to Durwood's family. Bobby introduced me to Durwood in 1962 when I was fourteen and looking for a summer job. I started out washing Durwood's trucks, mowing his grass,and other various chores. Soon I graduated to working as his helper, along with an older high school boy, David P., in his pest control business. Durwood taught me and David a strong work ethic; he was a fair and honest boss. He would sometimes send me and David around neighborhoods to pass out his business cards door to door. It was always a pleasant surprise when he informed us that customers had called the office after finding his business card on their front door, thereby resulting in a sale and a generous commission for us when they agreed to allow us to service their home or business for pest control! He was a strict boss but also fun to work with. We enjoyed many good times with Durwood who possessed a great sense of humor. He was generous and frequently paid for our lunches. He showed us all the hole in the wall cafes where we could get delicious pizzas, chili Frito pies, barbecue, etc. He took us to one pizza joint which would serve a pitcher of draft beer and glasses for us all, no questions asked. So sometimes at the end of a work day David and I got to enjoy a cold brew with our boss, even though we were underage. Durwood was a strong influence on my life as an adult role model since my parents were divorced and my own father had started a new family and worked long hours at Hine's Pontiac and later at Eagle Lincoln Mercury in sales. I will always treasure my memories of working and having fun with Durwood. My family sends our prayers to his family.

Cindy Harmon

July 24, 2018 8:10AM

Ron & Gail,
Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time and the days to come. Let God wrap His loving arms around you in the days to come and give you the comfort you need.

Paul and Cindy Harmon

Tina Drinkwater

July 23, 2018 8:05PM

Wyndi is my work bestie I am praying for peace at this difficult time. Love you wyndi.