Robert C. “Bob” KenKnight, well-known leader and businessman in the Atlanta and Georgia Mortgage Banking Associations, passed on Dec. 6, 2018, at the age of 77, with complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Bob was born in Seguin, Texas, on March 15, 1941, to Dr. Glenn E. and Velma KenKnight, He moved with his family to Stockdale, Texas, Moscow, Idaho, Indio, Calif., and finally to Fort Valley, Ga., where he graduated from Fort Valley High School. He received a B.A. in business from Georgia State University, and soon after, began a career in mortgage banking in the Atlanta area.
He started his career at Scott Hudgens Mortgage, after which he co-founded KenKnight-Thompson, one of the very first mortgage brokers in Georgia. Bob moved on to S & L Mortgage, followed by Ensign Mortgage. In 1986, he co-founded NBG Mortgage as part of a joint venture with NBG Bank. He co-founded Entrust Funding, and later joined Liberty Mortgage as president (two years). As founder of Crescent Mortgage and more than 50 years in the business, Bob retired as President of Crescent Mortgage/Executive Vice President of Crescent Bank.
He was recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Lender Member of the Year, as well as serving as president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia and president of the Atlanta Mortgage Banking Association. Bob also served on the Advisory Boards for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
All who knew him know he was an avid tennis player and a prankster. He loved skiing and was loved by many.
At his passing, Bob is preceded in death by parents, Dr. Glenn E. and Velma KenKnight, both of whom passed in 1995, and his wife, Emily Ann KenKnight, who passed in 2017. He is survived by his sister, Glenndolyn KenKnight (Donald) Hallman, his three children, Allen (Therese) KenKnight, Kimberly KenKnight (David) Morrison, Amanda KenKnight Sansom, and his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life for Robert “Bob” KenKnight will be held in January. Date and location TBA. All who remember him fondly are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made in Bob’s name to The American Parkinson Disease Association, apdaparkinson.org/ga.