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Thomas Lee Knox, Sr.
(March 28, 1927 - May 27, 2014)

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Thomas Lee Knox, Sr.

Mr. Knox, the hubsand of Evernell Knox, peacefully passed away at his residence. He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Viewing is Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mortuary. Funeral Service is Thursday, June , 2014 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Baptist Church located at 1962 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105

Burial will immediately follow service at El Camino Memorial Park. Please feel free to contact our office at any time for information.

DEACON THOMAS LEE KNOX, SR. was a proud southern gentleman who was born in Delhi, LA. At an early age, Deacon Knox united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Delhi, where he was baptized and attended Church with his family.

As a young teenager, Deacon Knox joined the United States Navy and moved to San Diego, CA, where he met and married the love of his life, Evernell Williams. From this union, seven children were born and later fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Deacon Knox was a very proud father. Having seven children was very significant to Deacon Knox because seven represents God’s number of completion.

Deacon Knox proudly served his country for thirty years and retired from the United States Navy as an E7 Chief Petty Officer. Deacon Knox joined Bethel Baptist Church in the early 1950’s. He served in many ministries including the following: Member of the Deacon Ministry (over forty years); Chairman of Crusaders of Bethel (four years); Superintendent of Junior High Sunday School Department (six years); Chairman of the Food Program for the Homeless (four years); Member of the Usher Board (three years); Sunday School Teacher for the Junior High Department (four years); original Bethel Baptist Church Videographer (four years); and a Member of Sunday School Class #13.

Deacon Knox was thankful and grateful to our Lord and Savior who strengthened him throughout his Christian journey. One of his favorite scriptures was Romans 12:1-3.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, God called Deacon Thomas Lee Knox, Sr. from labor to reward. He leaves to cherish his loving memory his devoted wife of sixty-six years, Deaconess Evernell Knox; seven children, Michael D. Knox, Cynthia Williams, Sylvia Tanabe-Smith, DeBorah N. Haney, Thomas L. Knox, Jr., Pamela J. Howard and Rodney L. Knox; five living sisters, Alice Miller, Doris Woodard, Lorene Conley, Flosenia May and Barbara Ann Ward; one brother, John Earl Knox; fourteen grandchildren, Kimberly L. Knox, Shannon R. Goodrow, Orren D. Tanabe, Ryoko L. Dowers, Travis W. Williams, Summer N. Johnson, Thomas L. Knox, III, Andre Knox, Mercedes V. Howard, Jasmin Knox, Jonathan S. Williams, James Knox, Claudette Tanabe-Smith and Cole T. Knox; ten great-grandchildren, Peyton, Yazmin, Malakai, McCallester, Christopher, Samantha, Jenna, Aria, David and Autumn; three sons-in-law, Wesley Williams, Jr., William T. Howard and William T. Smith; two daughters-in-law, Stacey L. Knox and Stefani R. Knox; two brothers-in-law, Lovell May and Larry Duson; three sisters-in-law, Annie Knox, Janet J. Booth and Lois Marrissette and a host of very special nieces, nephews, other relatives and the Bethel Baptist Church Family to celebrate his Homegoing.

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