The memorial service for Boone Knox at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was one for the ages. Attending this grand service with my wife, Stevi, and my daughter, Elizabeth, has led me to fondly reminisce about Boone.
Each and every time I saw him, Boone seemed genuinely glad to see me. Boone beamed with delight each time I told him that my mom remembered him as a sweet young boy whom she had taught in Sunday school. From his knack for making you feel as if you were important, to his sharp wit, especially his one-line "Boone-isms" which he would effortlessly reel off with a twinkle in his eyes, Boone was simply a joy to be around. Although we sometimes did not agree on certain issues, I admired his gusto and true joie de vivre.
While he possessed remarkable business acumen exemplified by his amazing transformation of the Bank of Thomson into a major player, Boone seemed to enjoy giving away money even more than he did making it. There is no question that Boone was a generous person.
One evening while I was at his home, he gave me a book and a chair and even promised me a painting (which he later did indeed give to me)! I decided that I really should leave before he gave me his whole house!
Boone literally enriched many of us directly and many more indirectly. Boone contributed more than anyone else ever has to the Central Savannah River Land Trust and to numerous other nonprofit organizations in our area and beyond.
Would not our world be a much better place if more of us would strive to emulate Boone's magnanimity so that generosity becomes a quotidian occurrence?
Thank you, Boone, for your friendship and for your stellar example of generosity!
William Dunn Wansley