Brandon Wayne Knight

August 10, 1979 - November 15, 2020

Brandon Wayne Knight, 41, of Carrollton, Texas, passed away November 15, 2020, at his home after a long illness. He was born on August 10, 1979, to Philip Wayne Knight and Kerrie Lynn (Lassen) Knight in Shreveport, La. Brandon grew up in Rich Hill, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan., where he was a 1997 graduate of Pittsburg High School. Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in Plastics Engineering from Pittsburg State University. He has worked for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/Keurig Dr. Pepper since 2007. Brandon married Rachel Anne Hodgson on September 24, 2005, in Pittsburg, Kansas. 

Brandon loved sports. Although he could not participate for the past few years, he continued to watch sports, while instilling the values of athletics and teamwork to his kids. He was a passionate fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas Jayhawks.

He most loved spending time with his family and friends and encouraging them through his witness. Those who knew him will always remember his smile and infectious laugh. He was a devoted member of First Methodist Carrollton in Carrollton. He traveled to Cambodia and Honduras to spread the word of God. He was an active supporter of Head For the Cure, which raises funds to support finding a cure for brain cancer and supporting those affected by brain cancer. He participated in the organization’s annual walks and was the inspiration for Team Knight.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rachel Knight; a son, Asher, a daughter, Banner, all of Carrollton, Texas; his parents, Kerrie and Philip Knight of Neosho, Missouri; one brother, Jason Knight and his wife, Leah, two nephews and one niece, all of Centerton, Arkansas; and a host of other loving family and friends.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by an informal memorial service for family and local friends, co-workers and community members at First Methodist Carrollton, 2201 East Hebron Parkway, Carrollton. Masks required.

A private funeral service for family and close friends will be held at First Methodist Carrollton on Saturday.

Both services will be live-streamed via

A graveside burial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. In support of local, state, and federal government, including CDC directives, and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, the following are Ridgeview Memorial Park guidelines: Anyone attending the graveside service is to maintain social distancing or may remain in their vehicle. Attendees will be able to listen through speakers set up at the site.

Memorials may be sent in Brandon’s name to First Methodist Carrollton Memorial Fund, and Head For the Cure through

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Brandon was a winner on and off the basketball court. A good player and a great person. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Mick Wilson, November 30, 2020 “God will wipe away the tears from your eyes. Death is nothing at all, only an interval for I am waiting for you...all is well”. Amen The Meier Family-Pittsburg,KS, November 22, 2020 I had the pleasure of working with Brandon at Keurig Dr Pepper for many years. I worked with him on a few projects and got to travel with him also. I always found his smile infectious. He was always trying to teach me and share his knowledge of engineering and our company with me. He was always willing to help no matter what. He inspired me to get back in the company gym. I told him it was boring working out alone and of course he tells me to match up to his workout schedule. He will really be missed. He was such an inspiration and I know he is in a much better place now. Rocky Patel, November 21, 2020 I first met Brandon and Rachel ten years ago when I came to First Church. Brandon always had a way of making you feel welcomed and loved. I am truly thankful for meeting someone like you Brandon. thank you for Lifting me up in prayer when I lost my mother to cancer. Thank you for always greeting me. It's the small things that count the most . I will miss your smile and your laugh. 
Jenny Aguilar, November 21, 2020 "Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs" Brenda LaFon, November 21, 2020 Thinking of you and your sweet babies during this time. Brandon was a light and will be missed. Praying for you in the days ahead. Love you and RIP Brandon. Emily Godawski , November 20, 2020 To my friend & inspiration - Rest In Peace. You made everyone around you try just a bit harder to be better people. You will be missed but never forgotten. Stephen Doerr & Family, November 20, 2020 I'm going to miss you my friend. I'm praying for the Knight family. Brittany Hoyt, November 20, 2020 Praying for the Family! I am so sorry for your Family's loss!
Rex Stark, November 20, 2020 We are heartbroken for the Knight family. We met Brandon when he was well and he helped coach the basketball team with James. We so loved his passion for the game and his love cheering on his number one player, Asher. His fight to come to every game even when it became a struggle was nothing short of inspirational. He would cheer Asher on via FB live when he physically could not be at the games when Covid hit this year and he was in rehab. His love for Rachel and Banner and Asher was so apparent. And not once even in all of the struggle did we see this family waiver in faith. One time as I was arriving at PSA and saw that Brandon was surrounded by Paramedics from falling in the lobby. He pulled himself together and went on to watch the game without complaining. He was really really strong. The Mini Mavs Family will miss him very much. Jennifer and James Leising, November 19, 2020 Brandon always had a smile and kind word. His positive spirit and love for others was evident every day. He will be missed so much at KDP. Praying for Brandon's entire family. Monica Wegele, November 19, 2020 I met Brandon about 6 years ago when I joined Keurig Dr Pepper. Brandon always had energy and positivity regardless of his circumstances. His faith was evident to anyone who met him and I aspire to live out the kind of patience and kindness that Brandon showed daily. My condolences to Brandon's family, friends and everyone else grieving his passing. He will be greatly missed as he goes on to a place where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Folusho Erogbogbo, November 19, 2020 I worked with Brandon at Dr Pepper Snapple Group (Keurig Dr Pepper) since 2014 within the MFG Engineering Group. I sat a couple rows over from Brandon. I always knew when Brandon was in the office because of his infectious laugh! The guy could get everyone in good spirits. When Brandon and I developed good rapport and I learned about his battle with cancer, I asked him point blank one day - "Brandon, how do you have such a good outlook on life?" He looked me straight in the eye - His reply...."Doug - You gotta have faith." Then he proceeded to laugh. I could go on about all the good stories at Dr Pepper... Nevertheless, may God bless him and his family. Brandon will be missed greatly. Doug Lee, November 19, 2020 I was blessed with having Brandon in my life as a young man growing up in Pittsburg. Jason and I were the best of friends making Brandon like an older brother to me. We were always laughing and I’ll never forget how much I trusted Brandon to protect us. My favorite memory was our home movie when Brandon played the wacky weather guy. Such a blessing to have spent those years together and his legacy will live on through his beautiful family. My thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family whom I will forever cherish. God bless you all. Billy Weigel, November 19, 2020 I was fortunate enough to not only work with Brandon at Dr. Pepper for 3.5-years but our cubes were right next to each other. He had such a positive and upbeat personality and helped mentor me when I began working. It was so nice to sit next to him at work and talk about the day to day. When I told everyone I was expecting my first child, he shared the excitement he felt when him and Rachel were expecting and shared many wonderful stories with me after his little ones arrived. Brandon showed great resilience in the presence of uncertainty and continued to put his faith in God. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace and know that you left a remarkable impact on this world. Amy Hernandez, November 19, 2020 Loved my brief time with Brandon walking from the parking garage at Keurig Dr Pepper to the office in the mornings. We just seemed to be on the same schedule most days. I truly believe God puts people in your path for a reason. What a beautiful spirit! Thank you for taking the time to visit with me, Brandon, and for showing by example of how we should look at each day…as a blessing, just as you were to us. My deepest condolences, and prayers for all the Knight family. Pat Keller, November 19, 2020 Brandon was my first manager at Dr Pepper 8 years ago. I couldn't think of a better way to start my career. He was always patient with me and taught me more in life than just engineering. He will truly be missed. Blake Morrison, November 19, 2020 I worked with Brandon at Dr. Pepper for many years. Brandon had a baby face when he came to work looked like he was fresh out of college. Over the years we became close friends and enjoyed many happy days together. There are many stories that I could tell you about Brandon but I really like this one, when Brandon started to grow a goatee and a little bitty narrow mustache , I told him he look like Errol Flynn. Of course Brandon did not know who I was talking about. I explained that he was an actor from the golden days of Hollywood. Errol Flynn, was the first swashbuckling pirate and the original Robin Hood. I told Brandon to Google him and look at his young photos in his costumes and compare them to his, he got quite a laugh out of that. Because Brandon often spoke of his faith in God I know that he is in a better place. He will surely be missed. May you be comforted in your memories of Brandon. our prayers are with your family. Sincerely, The Rozelle Family Ricky Rozelle, November 18, 2020 A sweet friendship refreshes the soul - Proverbs 27:9 I had the great pleasure of knowing Brandon through work at Keurig Dr Pepper. You know the saying "God works in mysterious ways" well I believe this definitely applies to us meeting. Brandon and I would always seem to be in the break room at the same time at one point or another pretty much everyday and we would have in-depth talks about God and spirituality etc. These conversations and Brandon gave me so much encouragement which I really needed at that time in my life! Brandon's love for Jesus was so evident and even though I wasn't there yet, seeing that in Brandon made me want to feel that same love for Jesus and put Him first in my life as Brandon had. Rachel, when he spoke of you, Asher and Banner his eyes would light up, and it always made me smile. :-) Even though I am so heartbroken over his passing, I do find comfort in knowing that Brandon is now free from pain and at peace in our Father's loving arms, and I feel so much comfort knowing that he will be watching over all of us! Rachel, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Asher, Banner and all of your extended family. Thank you God for bringing this sweet friendship into my life for it has refreshed my soul!!!! So much love and hugs to you all...... Cathy Tillotson, November 18, 2020 Brandon was a treasured friend. We loved the way he loved his Savior and the way he worshipped every Sunday with his hands held high no matter how he was feeling at the time. We will sorely miss him, and we know that we shall see him someday soon when we will forever be rejoicing about the goodness of God in Heaven together. Our constant prayers now are for his precious family whom we love dearly. Sue and Scott Sue and Scott Smith, November 18, 2020 Brandon was a very special young man. Always a smile and saying hi. He will be missed. Will continue praying for his family. He is healed. Blessings. Camille Johnson, November 18, 2020 I had the opportunity to work with Brandon at Keurig Dr Pepper. It was a privilege to work with someone so positive and smart. He always had a smile on his face. Always had a positive attitude regardless of the day. Truly a remarkable person. Yesenia Protopapas, November 18, 2020 To everything thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.a time to plant, a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. I gonna me so much my great friend. I will always remember your encouraging words, '' take it one day at time''. May your soul rest in perfect peace. In Jesus name. Amen. Benson Osazuwa, November 17, 2020 My condolences for your loss. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Linda Grilz, November 17, 2020 Phil & Kerrie, I am deeply saddened after hearing of this news. I hope you, his wife and his children can find comfort at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joe & Amy Joe Piccini, November 17, 2020 So grateful we had a chance to meet Brandon before he went home to be with our Heavenly Father. His testimony and his contagious smile was such a blessing to us. We love your family, Rachel, and we’re glad you guys have joined our PCA family so we can continue to walk with you and your sweet kids. May His peace and comfort be with you always. We love you! Emily Lo, November 17, 2020 Our hearts go out to Brandon and his family I wished I could say something but words aren’t enough to try to ease the sorrow. Love and God bless you all! Montie and Carolyn Barham Montie and Carolyn Barham, November 17, 2020 A man of good will and faith. Consistent in growth and encouragement, joy and laughter. You will be missed. Justin Williams, November 17, 2020 Brandon and his entire family are such an inspiration to others in their faith, determination and love. Much love to all and I’m so sorry for the loss of Brandon. Diane, November 17, 2020 We are sending our prayers to all of you. We are so very sorry for your loss. Alyssa & Evan , November 17, 2020 I enjoyed Brandon’s generous and positive attitude at work, even as he battled through health issues. He was always a joy to be with! I am sorry for your loss but I am happy to know he is at peace. Joseph Shea, November 17, 2020 Remembering that smile and laugh. Jim and Brandon shared quite a few stories at the basketball and flag football games. Rachel, Asher and Banner remember that Brandon’s life gave you memories too beautiful to forget. You will always have those in your heart. God bless you all as you move forward. Jim & Deb Grindell , November 17, 2020 I am so sorry for your loss. Brandon was an unbelievable friend. He was one of the most genuine people that I have ever been around. He will be missed but I know he is in a better place.
Tad Johnson and Family, November 17, 2020