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Ms. Ruth Hall Knox

THOMSON, Ga. - Ms. Ruth Hall Knox, 86, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at University Hospital.

A resident of Thomson for more than 60 years, she is survived by her sons Robert Edward Knox, Jr., and Andrew Hall Knox, both of Thomson, and her daughter Ruth Austin Knox, of Macon.

Her husband of 50 years, Robert Edward Knox, and her daughter Mary Knox McNeill predeceased her. Mrs. Knox also is survived by her seven grandchildren, Ruth McNeill Vaughn, Donald Thomas McNeill, Jr., Caroline Middleton Knox, Andrew Hall Knox, Jr., Mary Ann Knox Cross, Laura Virginia Knox, and Dorothy Austin Knox; her daughters-in-law, Dorothy Meadows Knox and Anne Tomlinson Knox; her son-in-law, Donald Thomas McNeill; and several nieces and nephews.

The daughter of the late Virginia Middleton Hall and Rev. Clarence Andrew Hall, a minister in the North Georgia Annual Conference, she was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, serving in virtually every capacity at Thomson First United Methodist Church. She was a devoted member and president of the Alathean Sunday School class, a teacher of the junior and senior youth class for many years, and a longtime member of the administrative board and church council. She also served on various boards and committees of the North Georgia Annual Conference, including the founding board of the Simpsonwood Conference Center. Mrs. Knox was a fine gardener, with a special talent for arranging and decorating with flowers. She was a dedicated member of the Garden Study Club and McDuffie Garden Council, serving as president of both several times. She took special pride in caring for her beautiful yard on Jackson Street and sharing her flowers with friends. A 1940 graduate of Wesleyan College, Mrs. Knox was an active alumna and generous supporter, establishing two scholarships at the college in memory and in honor of her daughters, both alumnae as well. The Wesleyan connection ran throughout her family, with her three sisters and two sisters-in-law also graduating from the college. Her husband and son have served on its Board of Trustees since the 1960s, and her daughter is its current president. Blessed with extraordinary beauty, intellect, and compassion, she was an inspiring example of faith, friendship, and family devotion. For 60 years, she hosted a Christmas Eve celebration for the Knox family in her home, which grew to include more than 80 members.

A memorial service was held on Friday, May 4, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Thomson First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sam H. Coker and Rev. Thomas A. Kerr officiating. Mrs. Knox's nephews served as pallbearers.

The family requests that memorials be made to Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia 31210, or to First United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 8, Thomson, Georgia 30824.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007

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