Graveside services for Charles V. Knecht, 77, formerly of Utica, will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Utica. He died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
He was the minister at Mackville Church of Christ in Mackville, Ky., and in recent years, he had also been active in a counseling ministry at Isaiah House drug treatment facility. Prior to his ministry in Mackville, he was for many years the minister at the Utica Church of Christ in Utica.
He always loved a capella music and sang tenor in many male quartets and vocal groups over the years; he regularly sang with groups at the Clark County Hymn Sing. His ministry spanned more than five decades and included many varieties of youth-focused ministry. He was active in the Utica and Mackville communities, and he was always the first man out the door after a tornado or snow or ice storm with a chainsaw or a plow to help his neighbors. He was “on duty” 24 hours a day as a minister, and countless times he dropped what he was doing to rush to the hospital when a family was in need. For many years, he served as a volunteer firefighter and the chaplain for the Utica Volunteer Fire Department. He was also involved with the Mackville Boosters. In May of this year, he made a 10-day trip to Israel in which he led the tour group in singing on a boat in the Sea of Galilee and in a fourth-century church.
Born in 1935, he was a native of Cincinnati. He attended East Tennessee State University, Southeastern Christian College and LeTourneau College in Texas.
He met Beverly (Jones) in East Tennessee at Locust Street Church of Christ, in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1959. They married in 1964 and were the parents of seven children who also survive him: Sonya Bice and her husband, Dan, of Milwaukee, Teresa Reimschisel and her husband, Trent, of Indianapolis, Phillip Knecht and his wife, Amy, of Frankfort, Ross Knecht and his wife, Leana, of Henryville, Joni Pearson and her husband, Tim, of Charlestown, Justin Knecht and his wife, Kristie, of Utica, Josh Knecht, of Utica, and Donald and Dennis Graham, two young men who had been members of the family for many years.
He is further survived by 14 grandchildren, Zachary, Sophie and Raney Bice; Tori and Nathaniel Reimschisel, Parker D. Knecht, Abigail, Anna and Andrew Knecht, Ryan Priel, Charlie, Braeden and Jolie Pearson and Elizabeth Knecht; three sisters, Betty Allen and her husband, Dennis, Mary Lewter and her husband, Billy and Madeline Hickman; a brother, Mickey Knecht and his wife, Molly; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Knecht, and his parents, Paul and Mary Knecht.
Services will be held in Mackville, Ky. and Utica.
Viewing and visitation at the Mackville Community Center will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 17, with funeral services at 2 p.m.
Visitation with the family at the Utica Community Center will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a memorial service to follow. A meal will follow graveside services.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Mackville Community Development Center, c/o Billie Ann Riley, 234 Hwy. 433, Mackville, Ky., 400040 or to Gideon’s International.
Arrangements are being handled by Carey and Sons Funeral Home in Springfield, Ky.