Lewis Knowles Obit

Hopkins Co. Tx

Submitted by Brandon Darrow

Lewis Knowles (Greenville Herald Banner, Thursday, 11-9-1995)


            Sulphur Springs- Funeral services for Lewis Knowles, 76, of Point, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tapp Funeral Chapel with Rev. William Potts and Rev. Troy Martin officiating.

            Burial will be in Pippin and Hill Cemetery, south of Miller Grove.  Mr. Knowles died Tuesday morning at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.  The son of E.A. and Emma Vanlandingham Knowles, he was born April 12, 1919 in Rains County.  He married Genoah Branom in Miller Grove on Dec. 19, 1945.

Mr. Knowles was a lifelong resident of Rains County where he was a retired cattleman and dairy farmer.  He was a World War II veteran, enlisting in the Army on May 7, 1941.  He served overseas in the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.  He was a corporal in the 44th Fighter Squadron 18th Fighter Group.  He fought in the Battle of Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea Northern Solomons, Southern Philippines and Luzon Western Pacific.  He was discharged Nov. 2, 1945, having received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with six Bronze Stars, Philippines Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart Medal of Honor.

            He was a member of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and life member of the VFW chapter in Greenville.  He also received the Hopkins County Outstanding Farmer of the Year award in 1950.

            Survivors include his wife; son, Dr. Lewis Kip Knowles of Whitehouse; daughters and son-in-law, Paula and Richard Ray of Canton, and Kim Karal Knowles of Point; sister-in-law, Bonnie Knowles of Honey Grove; granddaughters, Cassie Ray and Tory Ray, both of Canton; several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dan Knowles; and a niece Caroline Knowles Beal.

            Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tapp Funeral Home.

            Pallbearers will be Bob Middleton, Mac Garrett, David Garrett, Howard Garrett, Norwin Lennon, Jack Lennon, Bobby Middleton, Mark Garrett and Brett Garrett.