Michael W. Knox

January 05, 1944, February 01, 2019

Michael W. Knox

Michael W. Knox, 75, of Beaumont, Texas, died Friday, February 1, 2019, in Houston, Texas. He was born on January 5, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He retired from Mobil Oil after 28 years as a Chemical Engineer after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1966. He was a member of Meadows Church of Christ in Beaumont. Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

As his son would say, “Mike would give you the shirt off his back…THEN tell you how to put it on”!

Mike is survived by the love of his life and wife of fifty-three years, Barbara; son, Jason Knox and his wife, Amy; grandsons, Colby and Caden; granddaughter, Rainey; and great-granddaughter, Margaret Jane all of Beaumont; brothers, James Knox and his wife, Molly, of Atlanta, Texas and John Knox and his wife, Sue, of Jeffersonton, Virginia; mother-in-law, Wilodene Wilbanks; sisters-in-law, Jerri Scott and her husband, Gene, of Allen, Texas; and Kathy O’Kelley of Atlanta, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Olean Knox.

A gathering of Mr. Knox’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private family graveside will be held at Cass Cemetery, Bloomburg. An additional gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Hanner Funeral Home, 103 West Main Street, Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s memory to Meadows Church of Christ, 9195 Dishman Road, Beaumont, Texas 77713; or the Cass Cemetery Fund, c/o George Waller, 1278 Farm to Market North, Atlanta, Texas 75551.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Monday, February 04, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Hanner Funeral Home
103 West Main Street, Atlanta, Texas 75551
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family Graveside Service
Cass Cemetery
Bloomburg, Texas 75556

Comments (26)

  • Liz Sandell

    08 February 2019 at 00:59 | #

    Mike was such a gentle, godly man who always had a kind word for me when we would see each other. He will be missed by his family and church family, but they will always remember him with a smile on their faces and a song in their heart.


  • David & Stephanie Camp

    05 February 2019 at 17:53 | #

    Mike treated us just like family from our first meeting at Ridgewood in 2004. And when he found out that we, not only knew where Cotter, AR was, but had lived there, we became his "Brother and Sister from Cotter". No matter how long it had been since we'd seen him last, he always greeted us with a big hug and a smile. He was a wonderful Christian man and will be missed so many people. Barbara, we love you and, please know, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Camp Family


  • Noelle Morgan

    04 February 2019 at 20:48 | #

    It really got to me, hearing about Mr. Knox. He was just a wonderful, booming presence in the lobby of Ridgewood Church of Christ with an uncanny knack for making everyone around him smile. One of my earliest memories from Ridgewood was watching Mr. Knox carry out a sleeping Jason on his shoulder late one evening after service. Jason and I must have been about five or six then, and Jason was wearing these tiny cowboy boots that matched his dad's. I thought that was really cool. My heart goes out to Mrs. Knox, Jason and the family. Mr. Knox may be gone, but he touched so many - may his memories live on and provide comfort.


  • Hagler & Scairrilla Dental Staff

    04 February 2019 at 20:04 | #

    Mr. Knox has been one of our most beloved and cherished patients for about 30 years now. He was a joy to visit with and we will truly miss him. He was not only our patient but our friend. Our Love and Prayers are with the family during this difficult time for peace in knowing that Mr. Knox is in a more beautiful place now.


  • Geoffrey & Robin Kret

    04 February 2019 at 19:51 | #

    We were shocked today to learn of Mike's passing. We were not even aware that he had been ill. I still remember him coming to visit my father in the hospital two years ago when he had colon surgery. He will be remembered for his gregarious nature and friendliness. Blessings to all the Knox family.


  • Steve and Pollyanna Smith

    04 February 2019 at 17:10 | #

    Barbara and Family, Steve and I were sorry to hear about Mike. Our lives have strayed since Olen and Mary both passed away, but you have often been in our thoughts. Love and prayers for each of you in the days to come
    Steve and Pollyanna Smith
    Horatio, AR


  • Rodney A Gonzalez

    04 February 2019 at 17:06 | #

    Mike was a gentleman and a scholar, he was a regular guy that cast a giant shadow. I won't mourn MIke's pasing, I am thankful to the Lord that such a man lived among us.


  • Diane Cannon

    04 February 2019 at 16:19 | #

    Jason and Amy, Jack and I are so sorry for your loss! Prayers to you and your family


  • David Smith

    04 February 2019 at 05:26 | #

    I only met Mr. Knox recently at a venue where my daughter works. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet this good man. My daughter spoke so very highly of him, and after only speaking g with him briefly I could understand why. Mr. Knox was a genuine gentleman. Rest in peace, Sir.


  • Don & Syble Jeffcoat

    04 February 2019 at 04:58 | #

    Our hearts are heavy for the Knox family's loss. Mike was a great guy. We always enjoyed our visits with him during fig season. Sending thoughts and prayers to Barbara and Jason and all the family. May Mike Rest In Peace.


  • Judith and Ron Miller

    04 February 2019 at 04:41 | #

    Mike Knox, the ever energetic, optimistic, caring, humble Christian. He was a constant force for good in many ways. His public prayers were personal conversations with God, touching on areas of national concern as well as asking for blessings for specific people.

    We grieve for his absence among us. We rejoice that he is in the presence of God.


  • Ron & Gail Szanyi

    04 February 2019 at 01:25 | #

    Barbara, so sorry to hear about Mike. We worked together at the refinery and always enjoyed his friendship. Our girls still remember their visits to the creek house..


  • Paul Brown

    04 February 2019 at 00:30 | #

    Mike Knox you are one of my best friends. Your presence here among us. Will be truly missed. But the knowledge that you are with the Lord gives comfort to those left behind. Barbara., I love you and Mike.



    03 February 2019 at 22:11 | #

    Mike was the very epitome of a fine Christian man. We had communicated quite often through the years either by e-mail or telephone. Many times during our conversations he would make it a point to interject something about church or quote some scripture which was quite appropriate. He was a strong positive example of a follower of Christ. He was so proud of his gardening skills and would send pictures on his phone of the "prized fruit" of his labors. He would even send us, through the mail, containers of his delicious figs. He was quite impressed with a new 1951 carnation red ford we bought shortly after we were married and often mentioned it when we visited on the phone. Oh, so many nice memories of Mike and we'll miss getting to talk with him now and then. We're thinking about Mike and family.


  • Jerry and Arlene Stockholm

    03 February 2019 at 21:54 | #

    Arlene and I just heard this morning at church and were absolutely shocked. Mike will always be in my memory as one of the greatest I have ever known, from the first day while recruiting him in Aggieland , until the last day we got tomatoes from him. He will always be one of the best friends I have ever known. We look forward to that day we will meet in heaven and talk about old memories. Our love goes to Barb and the rest of the family,


  • Charlene Mann

    03 February 2019 at 20:30 | #

    Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss. I only got to meet you two a little over a year ago when you visited John and Sue here in Virginia. After that there were few weeks that went by that I didn't hear from Mike by phone or email and always talking about the Bible. I knew he had to be a good man to be John Knox's brother. When I heard of his passing I knew without doubt that he was just where he'd lived his life to be. What a gathering that will be one day! God bless you and your family, and you'll continue to be in my prayers. I hope to visit you the next time I'm in my hometown of Beaumont. Love always, Charlene


  • Lynn Adamchik

    03 February 2019 at 19:30 | #

    So many funny times picking figs...we looked hysterical in our hats, boots, long pants and gloves in the middle of Summer just a fig pickin! Our neighbor for about 15 years. He looked out for us. Big loss to all. Lynn and Jack Adamchik


  • Charlie and Beth Thomas’

    03 February 2019 at 19:14 | #

    Barbara, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. You and Mike were always special to me. I am thankful that we will see Mike again some day. I wish for you all the blessings God will bestow on you.


  • Ronald Arrington

    03 February 2019 at 18:00 | #

    Barbara I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I will never forget the day you and Mike came to visit our daughter, Ashley after her bypasses. Our AHS Class Reunions will not quite be the same.


  • Mike and Barbara Burrow

    03 February 2019 at 17:01 | #

    Our prayers are with Jason, Barbara and the family. Mike truly was "one of the good guys" and we had great respect and love for him.
    He always gave me a laugh when we'd see him for thanking us for helping feed his grandchildren. (Jason's company has always done our lawn since high school)
    The last time I saw him, he came to help me clean out my freezer that had gone out ----what a gentleman!


  • Ann Pritchard

    03 February 2019 at 15:59 | #

    Barbara and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many. We just have to remember that he’s in a better place. He was always a perfect example of a Christian man.


  • Penny Prater

    03 February 2019 at 07:24 | #

    I am sorry to hear about Mike's passing.I remember him for his outgoing personality, and his gardening. I bought his old Buick and used it in law school.



    03 February 2019 at 05:33 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family


  • Connie Ruppart

    03 February 2019 at 03:08 | #

    Mike and Barbara made a huge impression on my life when I was very young , I just felt like they were special. Mike and Barbara regularly visited my family and always made us feel loved and special. I would tell my Mom & Dad they are always so kind to us. As a young girl I didn’t realize that they were so kind and loving because they were then and still are today faithful Christians. I did not figure that part out until I grew up and became a Christian and learned Scriptures that tell us how God wants us to love others. It was then that I understood what I saw in Mike and Barbara was The Spirit Of Christ living thru them. I know that Mike went to Heaven with Jesus and I know Our Lord said to him Well done my good and faithful servant. Personally my heart aches because of his earthly death, but he is walking the streets of gold and I am quite sure he is inviting everyone to come over to eat and fellowship in the mansion God prepared for him.. With Christian Love, Cousin Connie


  • Chris and Patti Smith

    03 February 2019 at 03:00 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Chris and Patti


  • G. Tommy Barnes

    03 February 2019 at 02:47 | #

    My deepest condolences to the family in Mike's passing. I always looked forward to his phone call every spring to come pick figs. The visit was the high point... the figs were just a bonus. "Go rest high on that mountain" my dear friend... until we meet again. Tommy Barnes


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