Joe Knight is the owner of Knight Services, Inc., a commercial and residential landscaping firm. He is president of the non-profit Knight Flight Foundation, where he and his fellow pilots transport financially-burdened patients throughout the southeast for medical treatments and evaluations. He lives in Pinnacle, N.C.
On August 5, 1960, house mothers met Joe Knight and his four siblings at the gate of the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville, N. C., took their hands, and walked them to the next chapter of their lives.
Joe Knight, who was ten years old, looked back at his mother, Ruth Talley Knight. She was trembling and crying. Her heart was broken. Having to feed them possum stew turned out to be the last straw. She had to give up her children.
That night Joe recalls sleeping between two sheets for the first time in his life. And was able to go to an inside bathroom!
Since 1950, the year Buck Knight deserted his wife and children, the Knight family had lived in squalor moving from shanty to shanty; some with no electricity, most with no indoor plumbing.
Buck Knight would return, though. On November 22, 1963 he showed up at the Children’s Home and kidnapped his children. By the grace of God Joe Knight lived to tell his remarkable story. Hard as it is to believe, Pentecostals, Pokeberries and Possum Stew is a true story.
Brace yourself for its many twists and turns…