Margaret V. Smith Knight Griffin

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Margaret V. Smith Knight Griffin

September 2, 2020

Margaret V. Smith Knight Griffin, 94, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

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A private funeral service was held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Webb officiating and interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Online visitors may sign the guest register at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Children’s Programs, P. O. Box 7067, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

Margaret Virginia Smith was born October 4, 1925 in Decatur County, Ga., the daughter of Alton and Lucy Grimes Smith. She was a graduate of Pine Hill School, Class of 1942 and a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Margaret was a card playing, sports loving, dancing woman. She could run circles around those much younger than her and prided herself on doing so. Margaret loved traveling especially to the beach. She spent many days enjoying the surf and sand from “The Ghetto” at Beacon Hill. Maggie knew her way around…from the golf course and the horse ring. She was a dedicated poll worker for the elections in Decatur County for years and was always “in the know”.

Survivors include her son, Oren L. “Pete” Knight and his wife, Diana, of Havana, Fla.; her daughter-in-law, Maria Knight of Lake Placid, Fla.; her sister, Annie Sue Purvis; her grandchildren, Lori Knight Rankin, William C. “Billy” & Heather Knight, Randal S. Tomlinson, Steve & Suzanne Knight, Jackie & Billy Austin, and Kristen & Shane White; her great-grandchildren, Gregory Brock,  Ansley & Tommy Johnson, Ritchie Hughes, Sydney Knight, Josie Knight, Andrew Tomlinson, Carson Tomlinson, Megan & Jerrod Blair, Jayda Knight Austin, Parker Hicks, and Jack White; and her great-great-grandchildren, Laken Timmons, Aubrey Johnson, Freya Johnson, Garrison Blair, and Hunter Blair. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by two husbands, C.H. Knight and R.A. “Cheney” Griffin; her son, Jack Knight; and her brother, R. L. “Buster” Smith.