W hen it comes to family, Boone A. Knox is a most proud man.
Simply put, he loves them.
"I'm most blessed to have my family," said Mr. Knox during a recent interview. "I can't tell you how proud I am to have them in my life."
This week, Mr. Knox and his wife, George-Ann, celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary. "I couldn't have a better wife," said Mr. Knox. "She's been with me a long time."
The couple has three grown children, Liz, Jeff and Charlie. Mr. and Mrs. Knox, who formerly lived in Thomson for many years before moving to Augusta, also have several grandchildren.
"My family means everything to me," added Mr. Knox.
One of his employees, Bobbie Crutchfield, knows firsthand about how much Mr. Knox's family means to him.
"His family is so important to him," said Mrs. Crutchfield. "They come first in his life."
Friends have been a big part of Mr. Knox's life, too.
"You've got to have friends," he said. "I've got some of the best in the world."
A lot of the people he considers his friends have either worked for him through the years or still do.
One of them is Judy Whiddon, of Thomson. She is one of his longest-serving employees, but considers herself part of her boss's extended family.
"I've seen him handle really big business deals with honesty and integrity," said Mrs. Whiddon. "He has taught me so much. He's been a joy to work for. He's been my mentor and he's my best friend."
Mrs. Crutchfield also greatly appreciates her boss.
"He's always had such confidence in me," she said. "It made me want to be the best employee I could become. He has taught me so many things over the years. He's such an enormous person. I consider Mr. Knox an integral part of my life. He's also been a great friend."
Jerry Williams, another longtime employee who makes his home in Thomson, says he, too, considers Mr. Knox to be one of his closest friends -- not just his boss of nearly 40 years.
"Boone Knox is a good man; one of the most honorable men I've ever known," said Mr. Williams.
Another close friend of Mr. Knox is Jim Alfriend, who, like Mr. Knox, is a most successful businessman.
"I treasure my friendship with Boone and his family," said Mr. Alfriend, who has done land surveying work for Mr. Knox for many years. "His family has a legacy here. He's going to be remembered for the many things he's done for so many people."
Mr. Alfriend recalled Mr. Knox calling on him to do work not long after he started his business.
"It helped me tremendously for Mr. Knox to have called on my services," he added. "You can't imagine what type of confidence that gave me."
During frequent visits Mr. Alfriend has with Mr. Knox, the two talk about lots of different subjects.
"Sometimes we just talk about a lot of different things," said Mr. Alfriend. "I've gotten counseling from Boone. In those times, I've always taken away some of his wisdom. He's always offered wise-counsel."
The two have shared late-night conversations. "If Boone calls, be ready to talk, even if it's at 9 p.m. or so," said Mr. Alfriend.