GRADY RANDALL KNIGHTON, 78, retired mechanical engineer, was born September 11, 1937 in Corinth, MS and passed away February 23, 2016 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto. Mr. Knighton was a Navy veteran who served during the Korean war and was an active member of Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS. He is survived by his wife, Joan Kimbell Knighton; one son, Grady Randall "Randy" Knighton, Jr.; two daughters, Deborah Ceniceros and Patricia Khebach; one step-son, Donald Allen Scarlett; one brother, Richard Steven Maxey; seven grandchildren, Christopher Day, Catherine Barker, Nichole Kayton, Brandy Lester, Michael Bailey, Tyler Bailey, Chelsea Tilman, and Kaitlyn Tilman; four step-grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Marie Knighton and one son, Richard Daryl Knighton. Visitation will be Friday, February 26 from 1 p.m. until the service begins at 3 p.m. at Longview Heights Baptist Church, 4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery in Memphis, TN. The family requests that memorials be made to the Longview Heights Baptist Church DECLARE Program.