The Edmond Sun


May 20, 2013

James Russell Knox

EDMOND —     James (Jim) Russell Knox, 77, was born March 25, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and passed away peacefully in his home on May 17, 2013. 

    He attended Edmond Memorial and John Marshall High Schools where he excelled in football and basketball.  In football, he became an Oklahoma All State Champion in 1954 and 1955. He was the first ever to be chosen two years in a row by the state of Oklahoma.  Coach Bud Wilkinson of the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners visited his home several times over a two year period prepping him for acceptance into the University of Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, he chose the excitement of the United States Army over college football, and served in the United States Army RA Infantry where he specialized in heavy weapons from Aug. 3, 1953 to Aug. 2, 1956.  He graduated from airborne school on Feb 5, 1954.  He was part of the XVIII Airborne Corp, 82 Division, Support Company 505th.  He then served in the Army Reserve from Aug 2, 1956 to July 31, 1961.  He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Parachutist Badge (jump wings).

    After military service, he studied heating and air conditioning and continued this career for the next 30 years. 

    Jim loved the outdoors.  Some of his favorite things to do were fishing, hunting, boating, metal detecting, gardening, camping, collecting coins and stamps.  He shared his knowledge of all these things with everybody he knew, especially all his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. 

    We love you dad and will miss you deeply. 

    He was preceded in death by his mother Lavina Decker, father James Knox Sr., brother Marion Knox and son-in-law Kenny Killion. 

    He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carole Knox; brother Bob Knox Sr. and wife Jennie and their children Rob and Darrin; sister Sandra and her husband Mike Murphy and their children Garett, Danette and Bryan; daughters Jamie Killion, Janet and her husband Paul Hill, step-daughter Teresa Knight, grandchildren Jennifer Killion, Kevin Killion and his wife Amee, Kenna and her husband Josh Wuistinger, Stephanie Hearon, Stephen Vernon and his wife Laura, Kristina and her husband Dustin Lester, Michelle and her husband Shawn Wolff, great-grandchildren Samantha, Devon, Hunter, Kolton, Baileigh, Taylor and Caty, Kyleigh, Kalyse, Kameron, Zoe, Olivia, Kailey, Madison and Gunner; sons Mike Knox and his wife Susan, Cory Knox and his wife Joann and their mother Betty Knox, grandchildren Kyle, Kaley and Kelsey.

    Graveside services are pending but will be held at Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

    Selected services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.

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