MOUNT ULLA Herbert Elease Bouknight Jr., 94, of Mount Ulla, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Columbia, S.C., to the late Herbert and Lily Mae Smith Bouknight. Mr. Bouknight was a Cpl. in the U.S. Army during World War II, having served in the South Pacific. He was a retired Research and Development Engineer with Draymore Manufacturing. Mr. Bouknight was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Mount Ulla and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed working outdoors, was a nature enthusiast, an avid fisherman, and bird watcher and an accomplished radio communicator. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hatfield Bouknight; son, Russell Bouknight; stepmother, Helen Harbort Bouknight; stepson, Kenneth Register Jr.; brothers, David and John Bouknight; and sisters, Betty Stokes, Aileen Poffenbarger, and Elizabeth Studemyer. Mr. Bouknight is survived by his children, Pamela Fleming, Paige Rogers, Herbert Bouknight III (Gina), Cheryl Bouknight; stepdaughters, Pat Crooks (Conrad), Peggy Riley, Penny Morrison (Bryan); 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Charles Hutchens officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 620 Centenary Church Rd., Mount Ulla, NC 28125; or Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Bouknight family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.