Former school superintendent and county commissioner Bryan Knight died Monday night at his home. He was 68.
Mr. Knight served on the Warren County Commission under the direction of County Executive H.T. Pelham from 1976 to 1980. He vacated his seat to run for school superintendent against two-term incumbent Joe Stewart.
Running on a platform to clean up drugs in schools and to improve discipline on school buses, Knight easily defeated Stewart. The win wasn’t as much a surprise as the wide margin as Knight swept all 18 districts.
“When he was school superintendent, there was less waste than anytime before his term and anytime after it,” said longtime friend Bob Warren. “He treated the school’s money the same as his own and he was tight with his money.”
Mr. Knight owned Charles Creek Apartments on Yager Road and was known to play guitar.
“We’d play on Friday and Saturday nights and the residents would call it cheap entertainment,” said Ron Byars, who managed the apartment complex and performed with Mr. Knight. “We had a good time. Some nights we’d play till well into the morning. He was a very good guitar picker.”
After his career in politics, Mr. Knight became a family nurse practitioner and operated Mountain Top Medical Clinic in Altamont. He was still operating the clinic at the time of his death, which was unexpected.
Obituary information for Mr. Knight is available on page 2-A.