Wesley W. McKnight, 50, auto mechanic

April 29, 2002

Wesley "Woody" Woodrow McKnight, an auto mechanic who loved spending time with family, was found dead Saturday in his East Baltimore home of apparent natural causes. He was 50.

Mr. McKnight, a Baltimore native, graduated from the former Dundalk Senior High School in 1971. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army, where he served for 6 1/2 years.

He was last stationed in Japan, said his sister Jacqueline Sheard of Baltimore.

Ms. Sheard said her brother used to joke that he would be all right if he lived to be 50. His 50th birthday was Jan. 19.

"Woody always made that comment, that he'd be happy if he just lived to be 50," Ms. Sheard said. "He made that comment just last Saturday, `Well, I lived to be 50, Sis.' "

Ms. Sheard said her brother loved children, often trying to steer neighborhood youths from trouble.

He was very close to his three children, including his daughter, Tiffany McKnight, who with a family friend found Mr. McKnight at his home.

"He lived life to the fullest," Ms. Sheard said. "He didn't let the grass grow under his feet."

Blanche Turner, the mother of Mr. McKnight's sons, Brandon and Morgan Turner, both of Baltimore, described Mr. McKnight as a fun person who was well-known and well-liked.

"He was a comedian," Ms. Turner said. "He also loved music, and he loved doing family things, like barbecues. He loved fishing."

Ms. Sheard said her brother had been working around cars since age 12, when he worked at local gas stations "filling gas tanks, washing cars, you know, little odd jobs."

Working on cars was his passion, Ms. Sheard said.

Mr. McKnight was employed at Arrow Cab Co. as a mechanic at the time of his death, she said.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

In addition to his sister and children, Mr. McKnight is survived by a brother, Joseph McKnight of Baltimore; a grandson; two nephews; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

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