Mrs. Cheryl Knight, 61, of Lillington passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She was born in Oakland, CA, the daughter of Earl Haas and the late Estella Brush Haas. She was also preceded in death by her beloved uncle, Donald Brush. Cheryl worked at the Fayetteville Ambulatory Center as a Surgical Technologist for 19 years. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and loved her animals, especially Angus. Cheryl enjoyed travelling to the beach and the Redwood forests in her home state. She was very creative, artistic and had an outgoing personality. Cheryl enjoyed lovingly teasing those closest to her. She never let anything slow her down and lived life to the fullest.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Kevin Knight of the home; daughter, Kelsey Knight (Nick) of Wake Forest, NC; father, Earl Haas (Irene) of Lake Stevens, WA; 3 brothers, Bill Haas of Newark, CA, Bob Haas (Margaret) of Redding, CA and Jim Haas (Beth) of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Diana Haas (Gary) of Goldsboro, NC; several beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke University Medical Center, l710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or HAWC (Harnett Co. Animal Welfare Coalition) 309 W. Duncan St., Lillington, NC 27546.
O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory
Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1310 S. Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
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I only knew Ms. Cheryl for a matter of months, but in that short time, she had a profound impact upon me. We met through our shared love of dogs at the Fayetteville Barks4Hearts festival, where she immediately came to my aid to help me with my highly leash-reactive American Bulldog, Artie. With tremendous candor and patience, she showed me how to handle my dog, how to provide leadership, how to communicate with her. My last memory of Cheryl is of her calmly leading my typically rowdy, leash-pulling, lunging, charging, barking 70-pound Artie around the Flyball practice field as gently as one would lead a little lamb; an act I since have been unable to replicate. Cheryl had insisted on taking the lead from me, despite my protests. I worried Artie would be too strong for her to handle and would pull Cheryl off-balance, possibly injuring her. I was so wrong. Artie immediately took to Cheryl and followed her obediently and confidently. Tears came to my eyes. I felt as though I were witnessing some sort of miracle. She truly had an amazing gift with animals. Not only did Cheryl offer to help me with Artie during practice, she offered to help me outside of our normal team training days, such was her kindness. I will miss this truly amazing lady. The world has lost an incredible person. - Sandy Reeves
Submitted by Sandy Reeves on May 3 2017 01:46:38 PM
Friends for over 30 years. Cheryl and I first met in1985 at a company in Bothell, WA were we worked together. It’s crazy, but honestly I didn’t like Cheryl much at first. It seems such a long time ago. Obviously, I was being immature and stupid, as Cheryl would say.
One day I sat down at a production workbench across from her. She must have known how I felt, because after a while she said something hilarious, and I nearly fell off my chair laughing. I’ll never forget the sparkle in her eyes as she was laughing, too. From that moment on we became the best of friends. She was the sister I never had. We could talk to each other about anything. She helped me through some very rough times with her amazing wisdom and kick-a** advise. She grounded me on so many occasions. Most of all, she made me laugh. She had the wonderful ability and good timing to find the humor in a rough situation.
She will forever be profoundly missed ~
Until I see you again Buddy, thank you for being a part of my life.
Submitted by Deborah Libo on May 3 2017 12:27:53 PM
The handful of times I had the privilege of spending with you told me we were soul sisters. There is so much to say, but "love" is the only thing that I can express. right now.
Submitted by Robin Johnson Miller on May 3 2017 10:46:12 AM
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Rest in no more pain. Thank you for letting me know you. First with kitty. Then the joints. You were amazing. Your time here touched Everyone who knew you. I'm sorry. And I will never forget you.
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