SEPTEMBER 23, 1943 - MAY 13, 2020 John Law Knox, 76, of Reidsville went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 13. He was in the arms of his family when he entered Heaven's gate. John was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters-in-law, Patty Dow-Flippen and Jeanette Hawks, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. John was born in Monticello, Arkansas to Law Pierce Knox and Clara Mitchell Knox. After his father completed his service as a US Army chaplain in WWII, the family moved to North Carolina where his father served as pastor of Associate Reformed Presbyterian churches in Charlotte, Gastonia, Bessemer City and Stony Point. John graduated from high school in Statesville. He was an athlete and scholar in school, and became an Eagle Scout, supporting a rich tradition in the Knox family. During his youth, he always returned to Monticello to spend summers with his special "Unc" John and Aunt Effie. In Huntersville, John was one of The Cousins, a group who grew up together and made lots of special memories. He became an uncle at an early age to Karen, Sarah and Jamie. John graduated from Appalachian State University and became a teacher. He taught in Gastonia for one year, then moved to Reidsville High School. History was his primary subject, but his 29 year tenure included civics, geography, and English. He coached the Quiz Bowl teams, sold concessions, and tried to avoid chaperoning school dances. He influenced a generation of young people with his love of history, his sense of humor, his commitment to fairness, and his kindness. Throughout his life, he would encounter former students who would say "Hey Mr. Knox, do you remember?" His sense of honor and his commitment to doing right by our neighbors was something students absorbed in every class he taught. During breaks from teaching, John traveled the country. He hiked the mountains of Washington State, ice climbed in Alaska, enjoyed high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, and a thousand other adventures across most of his country. He loved exploring western Canada and getting off the beaten track. He enjoyed the people and places, appreciated the absurdities of life, soaked in knowledge, history and culture. John's interests were eclectic. From mysteries and history, to classic literature, popular fiction and almanacs, John was an avid reader. He could carry on a conversation on any subject and be sure to have a grasp of it. He loved words and language and was an eloquent speaker. He was a great lover of music, with varied interests from Leonard Cohen to Rosemary Clooney, from John Williams and classical composers, to movie sound tracks and Eva Cassidy. At his wedding, he danced to "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." John was truly a Renaissance man. After retiring from teaching, John opened TOAD HALL, an antique store in Reidsville. His lifelong love of antiques was tied in with his love and appreciation of history. John had the same appreciation for the people he met. If you were his friend, you were most fortunate. His generosity, wit, compassion, and willingness to listen were ever present. He was loyal and true. He had strong beliefs about many things. He believed in our military men and women, the value of a well told tale, and he believed there was no such thing as bad barbeque. He believed THE SEARCHERS was the greatest movie of all time. He was a wonderful storyteller and had a rich imagination. He created whole worlds that he shared with his wife and others. He loved Christmas, The Boston Red Soix, tradition and all things Scottish. John loved British Christmas crackers and introduced others to them so they could experience the simple joy of surprise. Pictures abound of family members wearing paper hats at Christmas. He loved all animals, his cats Victoria and McCabe, his boxer Duke, horses, and appreciated wildlife on every level. Seeing a turkey, deer or bear along the Blue Ridge Parkway as he traveled was cause for celebration. He appreciated the value of simple gifts and shared that with others. His sister-in-law Mona was reminded of him being like Beowulf who was considered "the most generous of men, the most gracious, the most protective of his people, and the most eager for honour." John's commitment to his faith was strong. From his early start as the preacher's kid to his final breath, John believed in the power of prayer and practiced it. His was a quiet faith, but very deep. He believed in living his faith and it was part of his daily life. Before John retired for the last time, he served as Vice-President for Education at Chinqua-Penn Plantation. As chief interpreter, he was able to help people absorb the rich history and lives lived by Jeff and Betsy Penn. It was also here that, among his coworkers, he found lifelong friends including Susan Gwinn and her husband Jim. He was proud of the work they were able to do at Chinqua-Penn. John's home at Toad Hall, Doe Run at Groundhog Mountain, was where he spent much of his time after his final retirement. He served as board member and president of the homeowners associations for several years. It was here that he met his wife, Nancy, and they were to enjoy the next 17 years together. John was called Prince Charming from the very first. Nancy said she'd waited her whole life to meet him and he was worth the wait. He was the perfect husband, friend, companion, son, brother and uncle. His presence so enriched the Semones clan that it was hard to remember a time without him. His dry wit, sense of the absurd, strong faith and support were in evidence in a million different ways. Every day with John was a gift. Before marrying Nancy, he told her he wanted to make her laugh every day of her life. John succeeded and he made her feel cherished and loved every day and she returned the sentiment. Being loved by John was the gift of a lifetime. From dinners at the Green Valley Grill to quiet nights reading at home, time spent with family to trips to Toad Hall, there was never a moment that Nancy or John would have traded to be somewhere else. Every step in their journey was one they shared and they loved each other "all there is." John is survived by his wife, Nancy Semones Knox, his brother James and his wife Lola Knox of Burlington; his mother-in-law Anna Semones of Fancy Gap, VA; sisters- and brothers-in law Michael and Helen Semones, Andy Semones, Ramona and Jereial Fletcher, Vincent and Karen Semones, Joe and Jill Semones, Danny and Anita Semones; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; The Cousins-Mert and Martha Rawdon, Frances and Larry Garner, Anna and Wayne Therrell, Spencer Tinkham, and Robert Tinkham, and many loving friends near and far. The family is very grateful for the loving care and support John received in the last months. He was blessed to have the care of Dr. Zachary Vaslow and his team including Kim and Tammy; the team from Advanced Health Care including Stacy, Shannon and Stephanie; the Reidsville Pharmacy crew; the team from Authora Care Collective (hospice) including Pam and Kristen; the team at Cone Medical Heart Group who helped us get this far; neighbors Penny, Tavin, Tyler, and Sam; Teresa Knowles; the Car (Needs) Guys; Claude Somers; the firemen of Reidsville Fire Station #2; and finally, to Mary Larach who moved heaven and earth to get John out of the hospital to spend his final days at home. Thanks to David Thomas, bagpiper extraordinaire, who performed a live concert for John the day before he died. We are grateful to nephew Kenneth Dow who did hero work to support us in the last several months; to all the friends and family who prayed, encouraged, laughed and cried with us; and to Anna Semones for being with us as our rock in the final days of John's life, and so many days before that. Every day was filled with grace, laughter and love. John's beautiful smile, his laugh and his spirit will always live on in the hearts of those who loved him. Our thanks to "The Citty Boys," John's former students, who were loving and gentle when the time came. Because of COVID-19, a private family graveside service will be at the Knox family cemetery at Huntersville ARP Church in Huntersville, NC on Sunday, May 17. The family plans to have a memorial service later in the year. It will be a Celebration of Life for John, and there will be barbeque. The family welcomes flowers. Donations may be made to Fancy Gap United Methodist Church, 578 Old Appalachian Trail, Fancy Gap, VA, 24328, the SPCA, Authora Care Collective (Greensboro Hospice), or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to POB 2779, Reidsville, NC, 27323. Citty Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at our website www.cittyfh.com Citty Funeral Home, NC 308 Lindsey St. Reidsville, NC 27320
...TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON... THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * A PORTION OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS, ALAMANCE, ANSON, CHATHAM, DAVIDSON, DURHAM, FORSYTH, FRANKLIN, GRANVILLE, GUILFORD, HOKE, LEE, MONTGOMERY, MOORE, ORANGE, PERSON, RANDOLPH, RICHMOND, SCOTLAND, STANLY, VANCE, WAKE, AND WARREN. * FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON * TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA WILL RESULT IN HEAVY RAINFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS THE EASTERN SANDHILLS AND EASTERN PIEDMONT, INCLUDING THE TRIANGLE. WEST OF THE TRIANGLE, RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES IS POSSIBLE. RAINFALL OF THIS AMOUNT WILL RESULT IN A THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING, ESPECIALLY IN LOW-LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. * RAPID RISES OF STREAMS AND CREEKS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE FOR AREAS WHERE HEAVY RAIN FALLS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED. &&
THIS PRODUCT COVERS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS TO EASTERN NC THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR FRANKLIN, HARNETT, HOKE, WAKE, AND WARREN - THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SCOTLAND * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CUMBERLAND, EDGECOMBE, FRANKLIN, HALIFAX, HARNETT, HOKE, JOHNSTON, NASH, SAMPSON, WAKE, WARREN, WAYNE, AND WILSON * STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 360 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF RALEIGH NC - 30.7N 80.1W - STORM INTENSITY 70 MPH - MOVEMENT NORTH OR 360 DEGREES AT 13 MPH SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA COASTS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. ISAIAS IS THEN FORECAST TO MAKE LANDFALL NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA/SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER AND MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE CAROLINAS TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO DETERIORATE THIS EVENING, WITH THE GREATEST IMPACTS EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS, HEAVY RAINFALL AND ASSOCIATED FLOODING ARE THE MAIN THREATS. DUE TO SATURATED SOILS AND STRONG WINDS, EXPECT NUMEROUS DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES. ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO IMPROVE SOUTH TO NORTH LATE TUESDAY MORNING AND INTO THE AFTERNOON. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: PROTECT AGAINST DANGEROUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ALONG AND EAST OF US 1. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE: - SOME DAMAGE TO ROOFING AND SIDING MATERIALS, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, AND SHEDS. A FEW BUILDINGS EXPERIENCING WINDOW, DOOR, AND GARAGE DOOR FAILURES. MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED, ESPECIALLY IF UNANCHORED. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BECOME DANGEROUS PROJECTILES. - SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SEVERAL FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. - A FEW ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. A FEW BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. - SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN AREAS WITH ABOVE GROUND LINES. ALSO, PROTECT AGAINST HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS THE WESTERN PIEDMONT AND WESTERN SANDHILLS. * FLOODING RAIN: PROTECT AGAINST DANGEROUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: - MODERATE RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT SEVERAL EVACUATIONS AND RESCUES. - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY BECOME SWOLLEN WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS AND OVERSPILL THEIR BANKS IN A FEW PLACES, ESPECIALLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE SPOTS. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, AND DITCHES OVERFLOW. - FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER SOME STRUCTURES OR WEAKEN FOUNDATIONS. SEVERAL PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE EXPANDED AREAS OF RAPID INUNDATION AT UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SOME STREETS AND PARKING LOTS TAKE ON MOVING WATER AS STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS OVERFLOW. DRIVING CONDITIONS BECOME HAZARDOUS. SOME ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES. * TORNADOES: PROTECT AGAINST A DANGEROUS TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 95. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: - THE OCCURRENCE OF SCATTERED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. - SEVERAL PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE WITH A FEW SPOTS OF CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE, POWER LOSS, AND COMMUNICATIONS FAILURES. - LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS TORN OFF FRAME HOUSES, MOBILE HOMES DEMOLISHED, BOXCARS OVERTURNED, LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, VEHICLES TUMBLED, AND SMALL BOATS TOSSED ABOUT. DANGEROUS PROJECTILES CAN ADD TO THE TOLL. ELSEWHERE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT AND TAKE NECESSARY ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND SECURE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. WHEN MAKING SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS DECISIONS, DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK SINCE HAZARDS SUCH AS FLOODING RAIN, DAMAGING WIND GUSTS, STORM SURGE, AND TORNADOES EXTEND WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER OF THE STORM. ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. DO NOT NEEDLESSLY JEOPARDIZE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READYNC.ORG - FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ----------- THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH NC AROUND 5 PM EDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
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