William L. "Bill" Knox
Apr 18, 2013
William L. \"Bill\" Knox
April 18, 2013
William L. \"Bill\" Knox, former Fire Chief of Athens, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Brookewood Nursing Home in Decatur.
A native of Niota and a lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was born on May 1, 1924, to the late John and Sallie Starr Knox. He was preceded in death by one son, James Donald \"Don\" Knox; two grandsons, Jeffery Knox and Paul Bryant \"Bear\" Price; two brothers, John I. Knox and Charles \"Chock\" Knox; and four sisters, Dorcas \"Dorty\" Stout, formerly of Pond Hill, Oneida Elliott, formerly of Maryland, Ruth Dake formerly of Idlewild, and Amanda Burkett, formerly of Niota.
A graduate of McMinn County High School, he attended the University of Tennessee and was a member of North Athens Baptist Church. He was heavily involved in the early stages of development and training at the Fire Training Academy in Murfreesboro and served as past-president of the Tennessee Association of Firefighters. He served Athens and surrounding communities proudly for many years and retired as the Fire Chief of Athens in 1989 after 37 years of service. He was one of the co-founders and a charter member of the McMinn County Rescue Squad and a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
During World War II, he proudly served in Gen. George S. Patton\'s Army in Central Europe, Northern France, the invasion of Normandy, Ardennes and Rhineland, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, a World War II Victory Medal and a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Service Stars.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lee Pardue Knox of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Butch Price of Athens; four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Marcella Knox of McDonald, Jerry and Kelly Knox of Armagh, Pa., Joe and Jeannine Knox of Athens, and Warner and Teresa Knox of Rockingham, N.C.; five granddaughters and their spouses, Paige Price Powers of Galveston, Texas, Penny and Mark Howell of Lexington, Ky., Christine and Dan Cates of Ringgold, Ga., and Sarah Ottinger and Ashley Knox, both of Athens; five grandsons and their spouses, James and Brandy Knox of Decatur, Scotty and Donna Knox of Niota, Chris and Mary Knox of Athens, Billy Knox of Chattanooga, and T.J. Knox of Athens; 14 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Imogene Lane of Burns, Virginia Richenson of Sweetwater, Bobbie Billings of Athens, and Ella Dilbeck of Niota; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers will be members of the Athens Fire Department with whom he served. Honorary pallbearers will be remaining members of the Athens Fire Department.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer\'s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Dr., Suite 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Those unable to attend may send condolences at www.laycock-hobbs.com
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.