Mrs. Cheryl Knight, 61, of Lillington passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She was born in Oakland, CA, the daughter of Earl Haas and the late Estella Brush Haas. She was also preceded in death by her beloved uncle, Donald Brush. Cheryl worked at the Fayetteville Ambulatory Center as a Surgical Technologist for 19 years. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and loved her animals, especially Angus. Cheryl enjoyed travelling to the beach and the Redwood forests in her home state. She was very creative, artistic and had an outgoing personality. Cheryl enjoyed lovingly teasing those closest to her. She never let anything slow her down and lived life to the fullest.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Kevin Knight of the home; daughter, Kelsey Knight (Nick) of Wake Forest, NC; father, Earl Haas (Irene) of Lake Stevens, WA; 3 brothers, Bill Haas of Newark, CA, Bob Haas (Margaret) of Redding, CA and Jim Haas (Beth) of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Diana Haas (Gary) of Goldsboro, NC; several beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke University Medical Center, l710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or HAWC (Harnett Co. Animal Welfare Coalition) 309 W. Duncan St., Lillington, NC 27546.
O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory
Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1310 S. Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
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Jr Breeden lit a candle on May 10 2017 11:52:18 AM
I hated Cheryl before I met her. I can hear her giggling as I write this. You see, our story was one in a million.
In early 1988, my husband (who quickly became my ex) convinced Cheryl that he was single and so wealthy that he didn't want her seeing his house until he knew she loved him for him. He was a very charming and convincing sociopath. You see.. I was pregnant and home so how could he bring Cheryl there? Well..I happened to intercept his car phone message from Cheryl one time and called her back! Now, if you know Cheryl.. you can imagine the complete shock and horror she felt upon hearing about me.. that her boyfriend had a very pregnant wiife! What happened next is the amazing part. Cheryl came to my house, we had a good cry and she basically never left my side.. helping me with my newborn son.. even moving into my guest bedroom. I will never forget the look she gave my ex when he came up to us at the park one day. She didn't say a word but stared him down with the look of death.. he stuttered and slithered away... From then on, Cheryl and I were soul sisters. We got through some rough times by using a lot of humor. There has never been another person with whom I've laughed so much!! We had an ongoing joke for almost 30 years about mattress pads..we broke done laughing at a nightclub once because while everyone was dancing and partying, we were discussing mattress pads and drinking hot tea. It was so pathetic it was hilarious. So, just before Cheryl was induced into a coma.. I emailed: "Do they have good mattress pads at the hospital?" She replied: "yes, very good indeed."
Cheryl also liked to do pranks on me.. telling bands that it was my birthday and my name was Zelda.. so the band would sing "Happy Birthday Zelda!" to me. Then, the wattress would bring me a shot of tequila for free that Cheryl arranged..because it was my "birthday." I knew Cheryl during her Seattle era... We camped...Road tripped.. commiserated about guys.. I would not be the person I am today without having known her. She was my hero and inspired me til the end.
Cheryl, I love you my soul sister. We are forever bonded and I am looking forward to seeing you in Heaven. Raise a lil Hell while you're there.
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Courtney lit a candle on May 4 2017 09:55:12 PM
Heaven just gained an Angel. I'll miss your humor, and smile. Thank your for always having concern for my mom and I.
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I only knew Ms. Cheryl for a matter of months, but in that short time, she had a profound impact upon me. We met through our shared love of dogs at the Fayetteville Barks4Hearts festival, where she immediately came to my aid to help me with my highly leash-reactive American Bulldog, Artie. With tremendous candor and patience, she showed me how to handle my dog, how to provide leadership, how to communicate with her. My last memory of Cheryl is of her calmly leading my typically rowdy, leash-pulling, lunging, charging, barking 70-pound Artie around the Flyball practice field as gently as one would lead a little lamb; an act I since have been unable to replicate. Cheryl had insisted on taking the lead from me, despite my protests. I worried Artie would be too strong for her to handle and would pull Cheryl off-balance, possibly injuring her. I was so wrong. Artie immediately took to Cheryl and followed her obediently and confidently. Tears came to my eyes. I felt as though I were witnessing some sort of miracle. She truly had an amazing gift with animals. Not only did Cheryl offer to help me with Artie during practice, she offered to help me outside of our normal team training days, such was her kindness. I will miss this truly amazing lady. The world has lost an incredible person. - Sandy Reeves
Submitted by Sandy Reeves on May 3 2017 01:46:38 PM
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