April 18, 2024
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James Duane Kneberg Sr.

1935 – 2021

Funeral services for James Duane Kneberg Sr., 86, of Emory, were held June 17 at Yah’s Restoration Fellowship Church in Emory. 

Interment followed in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Duane Kneberg Jr., Robert Scott Kneberg, William Jack Kneberg, Janet Sue Kneberg Bettis, Danny Russell Bettis, Jerry Dodd and Daniel Olsen.

Mr. Kneberg died on June 10, 2021. He was born on February 19, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, to Leonard Theodore Kneberg and Mary Elizabeth Fast Kneberg. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corp on August 20, 1952, in Indianapolis and loyally served his country before receiving an honorable discharge on August 20, 1955, in Camp Lejune, North Carolina. 

He married Ina Darlene Hickey on June 1, 1968, in South Bend, Indiana, and they moved to the Rains County area in August of 1982. He was a talented welder and salesman. He loved his Lord and enjoyed reading and studying the Bible. He was an ordained minister and pastored at New Covenant Fellowship Church until his retirement in 2011. During his ministry he enjoyed playing the accordion and singing at church and nursing home services. 

Mr. Kneberg is survived by his sons, James Duane Kneberg Jr. and wife Kristie Michelle of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Robert Scott Kneberg and wife Veronica Tiffany of Greenfield, Indiana, and William Jack Kneberg of Hot Springs, Arkansas; daughter, Janet Sue Bettis and husband Danny Russell of Emory; grandchildren, James Derison Kneberg of Hot Springs, LeAnn Nicole Kneberg, Jaden Danielle Kneberg of San Antonio, Lillian Grace of Greenfield, Indiana, Emily Love of Greenfield, Indiana, John Robert of Greenfield, Indiana, Dein Jae-Gabriel Bettis of Emory and Nohli Dylan Bettis of Emory; brother-in-law, Gary Hickey and wife Marianna of Canton, Georgia; sisters-in-law, Shirley Mayhew of Georgia and Kathy Mercer and husband Dan of Fort Wayne, Indiana; friend and pastor, Daniel Olsen of Emory; and friend, Jerry Dodd of Brashear.

He was preceded in death by his wife on December 1, 2015; brother, Jack Lynn Kneberg; and an infant grandson, Bradley Kyle Kneberg. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home, Quinlan.