Raymond Lee Knotts

January 20, 1943 - February 12, 2021

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Raymond Lee Knotts, 78, of West Liberty, Ohio, passed away February 12, 2021.

Lee was born January 20, 1943 in Urbana. He was a 1961 graduate of Salem High School, Kingscreek, Ohio. He was inducted into the West Liberty-Salem Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 with the 1960 State Basketball Championship team. Lee worked for nearly 40 years for Conrail and served in the Army National Guard. After retiring, he enjoyed working outdoors at Woodland Golf Club and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of several organizations, including AmVets, Eagles, American Legion, Elks, Moose, and VFW.

Lee is survived by his children, Jeffrey Lee Knotts of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kyp Michael (Dawn) Knotts of Tifton, Georgia, and Bethany Kay Michael of Tifton, Georgia; five grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Michael, Justin Michael (Lauren) Knotts, Aubrey Lee Michael IV, Jordan Alexandria Knotts, and John Ashton Michael; sisters and brothers Shirley Foster of Urbana, Judy Mason of Urbana, Alice (Phil) Johnson of West Liberty, Ted (Vicki) Knotts of Kingscreek, Gerald (Connie) Knotts of West Liberty, Tammy Ormsbee of St. Paris, and Tim (Angie) Knotts of Urbana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lee is preceded in death by his parents Harold Raymond and Meda Elizabeth Knotts, and sister Beverly Jean Ropp.

A Celebration of Life will be held 7-9 pm on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the VFW, Urbana. Bring your favorite Lee Story to share. All are welcome.

Arrangements are entrusted to SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Wilbur (Bill) Brown - Feb 20, 2021
I was Salem Local Class of 60, and an equipment manager of the State Basketball team of that year, and well remember Lee as part of that team. A rather good and sound player as I recall. He always seemed to be an nice all around guy in High School. So sorry to hear of his passing. So many in that era leaving us it seems.
Carol Daulton - Feb 16, 2021
Shirley, please know you have my sincere sympathy with the loss of your brother. Sincerely, Carol
Lois Harmon - Feb 16, 2021
Shirley and Judy......So very sorry to hear about your brother. Thoughts and prayers.

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