Dick Knight spent his life making friends, solving problems and serving his community. As a lawyer, he not only represented clients but worked to improve the legal profession. As a businessman, he made sure that the bank he started was deeply involved in helping the communities it serves. And as a proud citizen of Louisiana, he made such a difference in so many lives that the community of Covington celebrates each March 21st as "Richard F. Knight Day" in recognition of his lifetime of community service. Richard Finley "Dick" Knight was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, on February 14, 1933. He died on October 11, 2016, after an extended illness. His parents, Delos Lavern Knight, Sr., born in Zona, Louisiana, on August 25, 1908, and Ruth Vinyard Knight, born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, on March 25, 1906, predeceased him. Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sally Powell Knight; his children Kathryn M. Knight (fiancé Emile M. Fernandez), Richard A. "Andy" Knight, and Susan Knight Davis (Paul E. Davis); his grandchildren Amanda S. Dillard (Patrick A. Dillard), Zachary A. Rudolph (fiancée Melanie Byrd), Katie Knight Berthelot (Chase Berthelot), 1st Lt. Cody S. Davis, Colin J. Knight, and Hunter R. Davis; and his great-grandchildren Adynn Makenzie Dillard, Finley Ann Dillard, and Ryder Henry Berthelot. Dick is also survived by Joanne Pigott, a beloved "adopted" member of the family, and his brothers Delos L. Knight, Jr. (Margaret) and Thomas A. Knight (Betsy), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dick received his undergraduate degree from the LSU School of Business in 1955, with dual concentrations in economics and accounting, and his Juris Doctor from LSU Law in 1958. During his time in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi honor societies. Dick was honored to be appointed as the Judicial Administrator for the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1958 through 1960, one of the earliest court-appointed administrators in the United States. Following that post, he entered private practice in 1960 as a partner in the Bogalusa law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes & Knight. During his 42 years of active practice with the firm, Dick represented local, regional and national clients in matters involving business and corporate law, estate planning, real estate and banking. In 1998, he was one of the organizers and the attorney for Resource Bank, and he was selected as its first Chairman. He left the practice of law in 2002 to become the CEO of Resource Bank until a permanent CEO was selected. After the selection of a new CEO in July 2003, Dick remained as full time Chairman of the Bank and its Bank Holding Company. He actively served in these capacities until assuming the status of Chairman Emeritus on September 1, 2016. In addition to his professional careers, Dick was actively committed to civic and charitable service in his community, highlights of which include long-term service on the boards of Christwood Foundation, St. Tammany Hospital Foundation and Northshore Community Foundation, as well as service to the LPO Northshore Advisory Board and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. In recognition of his contributions to scouting, Dick received the 2004 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the 2013 Legacy of Scouting Award. In addition, he received the 2011 St. Tammany Parish West Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year Award. Dick also served as the Chairman of the Civil Procedure Committee for the Louisiana State Law Institute, as a CLE lecturer at the LSU Law Center, as a member of the LSU Law Hall of Fame, former member of the LSU Law Board of Trustees, and as a member of the LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council. In 2013, the LSU Law Center honored Dick with a Distinguished Achievement Award, in recognition of his professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law and community service. The family will host a celebration of Dick's life from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Christwood Community Center, 100 Christwood Boulevard, Covington, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dick's memory to one of the organizations he so passionately supported: St. Tammany Hospital Foundation, Christwood Foundation, Northshore Community Foundation, or the Boy Scouts of America.
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