Mitchell "Mitch" Ray Knall
May 24, 1935 ~ October 30, 2023
Mitchell “Mitch” Ray Knall, 88, passed away October 30, 2023 at home in Kingston Springs, TN surrounded by his family. He was born at home in Kingston Springs to Harvey & Lillie Knall. At the ripe old age of 12, he left home to continue his education. He lived with his brother and sisters at different times in West Nashville, but worked hard to put himself through school and graduated from Cohn High School and even attended Peabody College for a time. He became a diehard Vanderbilt Commodores fan and made a life-long friend, Donnie Phillips. He enjoyed working at the Belle Meade Theater during his high school days, but graphic design was his chosen profession. He worked for the Tennessean, Benson Printing, Rich Printing and Vaughn Printing during his career. On one of his visits home to Kingston Springs, he met a neighbor, a lovely young woman, Barbara, who would become his wife of 58 years. They had two children, Sherry & Bubba. Their first home was right beside West Park which suited him because sports and especially basketball was a great love of his. As his children grew, the family returned to Kingston Springs for good. He coached many baseball, football, and basketball teams, and one softball team (girls cried too easy and wouldn’t show up on time or with uniforms). Jr. Pro football and basketball in South Cheatham was started with his help. He was one of the founding members of Harpeth Jr High’s and later High School’s Athletic Association. He printed all the programs and kept the concession stands running. He came up with multiple other fund raisers and was instrumental in getting the football field at Harpeth completed. As his kids reached high school, he stopped coaching and started spectating, however, he didn’t give up playing basketball until well into his sixties. Then granddaughters came along and he got to enjoy watching them play sports and cheer. He was a proud Pawpaw! He and Barbara also loved to travel and went on many exciting trips together and with friends but he loved the family vacations to Florida and Gatlinburg the most. He also loved the Lord, his most prized possession was a hat that said “God is Good All the Time” and loved for people to comment on it so he could talk to them about Jesus. He served as an ordained Deacon in his church for many years. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers (Thomas, Hillard, Bobby and James) and sisters (Virgie, Myrtle, Gertie and Rachel). He is also proceeded in death by some in his wife’s family whom he loved as his own, brothers in law, James and Harry and sister-in-law, Mary and his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Callie McCrary. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his daughter, Sherry and her husband Wefel Tidwell, his son Darrell (Bubba) Knall and his wife Kim, three granddaughters, Callianne (Jacob) Conatser, Jessi Knall and Hayven Knall. He is survived by his brother Jr Knalls and sisters, Peggy Watson and Pauline Goad, his sister in laws, Thelma McCrary and Jeannie (Charles) Nolen and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2023, at Western Hills Church, 7565 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 with Skip Hulan officiating. Pallbearers are Bubba Knall, Eddie McCrary, Wefel Tidwell, Jacob Conatser, H.O. McCrary and Charles Nolen. Honorary Pallbearers are his life-long best friend, Donnie Phillips and nephews Carlton Martin & Russell Wicks. Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, November 5, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Monday from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at Western Hills Church. Burial will follow at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens.