By Lindell John Kay
Saturday, December 24, 2016
A memorial service is set next week for a local leader who has succumbed to cancer.
Taro Knight, a Tarboro town councilman and local high school principal, died Wednesday. He was 47.
A viewing and memorial service is set for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College campus in Tarboro.
Knight stepped down as mayor pro-tem a couple of months ago, citing his ongoing battle with cancer. He was fighting acute myeloid leukemia with chemotherapy in Greenville.
Knight was diagnosed with the condition in April shortly after taking over leadership duties of the town council when the former mayor resigned.
Knight said at the time he was devastated by the news but was optimistic.
Curmilus Dancy, a local blogger and political activist, said via social media that he has known Knight for many years, dating back to the late 1980s when Knight would appear on his radio talk show. Dancy said he and Knight worked together on several local issues over the years.
Dancy said he feels Knight played a big role in the success of North East Carolina Preparatory School, where Knight was the middle and high school principal before stepping down earlier this year due to his declining health.
Battleboro community resident Janice Hale said she was sad to hear of Knight’s death.
“He went to school with my daughter and son,” Hale commented on Knight’s online obituary. “He also was so kind to my grandson at school where he worked.”
Hale said her thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family.