Bishop Lloyd Knox

4/13/2014

Bishop Lloyd Knox died Sunday, April 13, 2014.

The arrangements are as follows:

  • A Memorial Service for Bishop Knox will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Gadsden. 
  • The family will receive visitors from 9 - 10 a.m.

A Memorial Service at Hyde Park UMC in Florida is also being planned.

James Lloyd Knox was born in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern College and earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was awarded honorary doctor of divinity degrees by Bethune Cookman College and by Florida Southern College.

He was ordained in the Florida Conference. He served St. John's Church in Tampa. He and his wife, Edith, then were assigned as missionaries of the General Board of Missions of The Methodist Church to Cuba (1958-1960) and to Argentina (1961-1964). In Cuba he served the Santiago de las Vegas Circuit. In Argentina he was pastor of congregations in Lomas de Zamora and superintendent of the Buenos Aires South District.

Upon returning to the Florida Conference, he served as associate pastor of West Palm Beach First; coordinator of the Florida Methodist Spanish Ministry; pastor of Hyde Park UMC in Tampa; District Superintendent of the DeLand District; District Superintendent of the Miami District; and pastor of St. Petersburg First UMC.

He was elected a Bishop of the United Methodist Church by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 1984. He was assigned to the Birmingham Area where he served until 1992. In 1992 he was assigned to the Atlanta Area. Although Knox retired in 1996, he served as bishop of the Florida Conference in 1999 and in 2000-2001 following the illness and the death of Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson.

Bishop Knox served as a member of the following general boards and commissions: Church and Society; Religion and Race; Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; and Global Ministries. He was President of the General Board of Global Ministries' World Division from 1988 to 1992. Knox was a member of the Human Relations Commission of the State of Georgia and a trustee of twelve colleges, including Clark Atlanta and Emory Universities.

He and Edith have two adult children, Richard Michael and Carol Anne. Edith died in 2008, and in 2009 he married Julia Nolen. He returned to the North Alabama Conference residing in Gadsden.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett says “Bishop Knox served with distinction in a variety of ways, including in his work with missions. Indeed his keen interest in missions helped to advance that work in our global church in significant ways.”

Please remember the Knox family in your prayers.


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