Neva Grace Knight, 5, born August 19th, 2014 of Kingwood, WV, went home to be with our Lord on February 14 after a courageous 2-year battle with Wilms Tumor – a form of childhood cancer.
“Neva the Diva,” as she was known to her close family and friends, lit up a room with her sass and outgoing personality! Neva loved princesses. Her favorite was Elsa, but on any given day she would tell you she liked Ariel and Jasmine too. When asked where she would like to go on vacation Neva didn’t pick Disney World, a place she also loved. She picked “camp”…aka her family’s camp at Big Bear Lake. At camp Neva enjoyed golf cart rides, doing “stunts” on her scooter, painting rocks to hide, finding painted rocks, and swimming at the water park. Neva was known to belt out Frozen songs and she loved to dance! Neva also enjoyed spending time and playing with her cousins Tori, Brooke, Bella and friend G.
Neva was an amazing big sister to her baby brother Jase and great little sister to her big sister Layla. Jase was her own little baby doll, pushing him around in her doll stroller. Neva and Layla loved playing with makeup and taking snapchat pictures together. All three have an incredible bond and love each other deeply.
Neva’s faith was important to her. In her Sunday School class, she was always sure to pray for sick kids to be healed. Neva knows Jesus and she loves Jesus.
One thing is clear, cancer didn’t change Neva. Neva remained the beautiful, uplifting, full of life little girl she had always been. Even on her bad days she would manage a smile. Her journey with cancer inspired and uplifted so many. Her courage was unparalleled. She had many followers and supporters gaining a “Neva the Diva Fan Club” wherever she went.
Neva wanted to be a pediatric nurse. Her WVU PEDS team & her 6 South East medical crew being the inspiration behind her career choice. While Neva loved her entire WVU Medicine Family, Neva adored her Nate.
Whitney and DJ would like to say a thank you for all the love & support they received from special family friends Michael and Barbie Argabrite, their church family, friends and the Team Neva crew. Your support has meant the world to the Knight family.
Whitney and DJ would also like to acknowledge the care Neva received from Dr. Tomboc, Dr. Paul, her 6 South East family, the WVU Infusion Center team, and the UPMC NICU floor. Thank you for the excellent medical care Neva received during her journey, and for just loving our girl. Each of you will always have a special place in our hearts and family.
Neva is survived by her father, D.J. Knight, mother, Whitney Knight, big sister Layla, little brother Jase – all of Kingwood; Great Grandmother Freda Leishman of Kingwood, WV; Grandmother Kathy Radcliff of Kingwood, WV; Grandfather Ed Radcliff of Lakeland, Florida; Aunt April & Uncle Craig DeBerry of Kingwood, WV; Uncle “B” Brian & Aunt Shelley Miller of Kingwood, WV; Aunt Cindy Lowther and husband Matt of Jane Lew, WV; Uncle Duane Radcliff of Clarksburg, WV; cousins Victoria and Brooke DeBerry and IsaBella Miller, all from Kingwood. Great Grandmother Janice Sisler of Masontown, WV and Grandparents Donald and Lisa Knight of Kingwood, WV. Along with Neva’s many wonderful extended Aunts, Uncles, & Cousins.
In lieu of flowers, DJ and Whitney request donations to be made to the WV Cancer Crusaders at www.wvkidscc.org, or the WVU Infusion Center at WVU Hospital, Morgantown WV 26505.
Family will receive friends at Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Kingwood on Tuesday, February 18 from 6-8 pm, and again on Wednesday February 19 from 2-8 pm where services will be on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 11 am with Reverend Michael Argabrite officiating. Interment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery.
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