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Susan "Sudy" McKnight

Susan “Sudy” McKnight was born in 1948 into a military family in Pensacola, Florida. She considers Mobjack on the eastern tip of Mathews County, Virginia, her home. Though her family lived all across the country, McKnight spent childhood summers with her grandparents in Mathews County, Virginia. McKnight’s grandfather ran a general store in Mobjack. It was a source for fresh meat, medicines, and baked goods. It was also a gathering place. McKnight spent time in the store with her grandfather, waiting on customers and getting to know the community. When she was thirteen, McKnight crabbed for a summer in a wooden skiff off the coast of Mathews. She was the youngest person and the only woman crabbing on Mobjack Bay. McKnight married a Navy serviceman and traveled the world. McKnight now lives in Mathews County, Virginia.

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Jessica Taylor and Patrick Daglaris

Beth Wood

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