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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rev. Richard (Dick) Knox, 86, Greenville, SC; Little Genesee, NY, Native

Rev. Richard (Dick) Knox, 86, died on Friday (Dec. 5, 2014) at Rolling Green Nursing Home in Greenville, S.C., after a battle with cancer. 

He was born in Allentown, N.Y., in the town of Alma on July 13, 1928, the son of Fred and Genevieve Billings Knox. He grew up in Little Genesee and graduated from Bolivar Central School, Class of 1946. He attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he prepared for Christian ministry. 

In 1955, he married Martha Newland, of Kingsport, Tenn.

After spending several years in evangelistic ministry, Dick served from 1958 to 1962 as program director at Gull Lake Bible Conference and pastored Gull Lake Bible Church in Michigan. In 1963, Dick and Martha, with their three young children, went as missionaries to the Middle East, serving for 30 years in Lebanon and Cyprus. His ministry included preaching, Bible teaching, music instruction, directing choirs in local churches and directing summer camp programs. He later planted a church in Nicosia, Cyprus. 

After returning to the USA in 1993, Dick and Martha lived in Greenville, S.C., but traveled extensively, representing their mission board, Biblical Ministries Worldwide. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University.

Dick is survived by son, John (Becky) Knox of Japan, and their four sons: Brian (Julie, and son Derrick), Andrew, Daniel, and Philip; daughter, Janice (Kevin) Buttram of Taylors, S.C., and their four sons: Caleb, Jonathan, Peter, and Timothy; son, Steven (Ann) Knox of Vanderwagen, N.M., and their two children: Matthew and Holly; sister, Louella Vincent of Canandaigua, N.Y.; and brother, John (Norma) Knox of Grand Rapids, Mich. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Genevieve Knox, of Wellsville, N.Y.; Martha, his wife of 57 years; and a sister, Shirley Colley, of Bolivar, N.Y.

Following a funeral service at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., on Dec. 16, a private family burial will be at the Newland Cemetery in Arcadia, Tenn. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hampton Park Baptist Church, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 (designated for missions), or Biblical Ministries Worldwide, 1595 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.

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