Services for Elizabeth C. McKnight, 96, of Jacksonville, who passed away on February 16, 2008, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville, with Rev. Fred Lang officiating. Burial will be in Jarratt Cemetery.

Mrs. McKnight was born February 7, 1912 in Jacksonville to the late Ellie U. Smith and Elizabeth Tankersley Smith. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1929, and married Rayburn E. McKnight December 23, 1930.

She is descended from the pioneer families of Jobie Tankersley and of Stephen Upson Smith who settled in Cherokee County in 1853. She was a Baptist and a member of Eastern Star.

“Beth” McKnight was preceded in death by her husband in 1985, and by her parents. She was also preceded in death by her sister Eloise Smith McKnight, by her brothers Eldred Smith, J. R. Smith, and Stanley Smith.

Mrs. McKnight is survived by her daughter Beverly Jean Beranek and husband Dr. Floyd “Bill” Beranek of Jacksonville, as well as by grandchildren Kathleen Beranek of Jacksonville, Scott Beranek of Jacksonville, Dan Beranek of Burleson and Dawn Bauer and husband Bart Bauer of Jacksonville, and by three great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Russell U. Smith of Houston.

Pallbearers will be: Norman Smith, Alan Smith, Dan Beranek, Bart Bauer, Jimmy Tankersley, Bobby Liles, David Smith, Jobie Smith, and Keith McKnight.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.