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Richard Charles Knox

December 8, 1946 — February 11, 2024

Fountain Inn SC

Richard Charles Knox, known affectionately as Richard, passed away on February 11, 2024, leaving a legacy of love, laughter, and integrity. Born on December 8, 1946, in Columbia, SC, Richard lived a life dedicated to serving his community and cherishing his loved ones. Richard's professional journey led him to a career in sales with Playtex International.  Later in life he went back to school to study wastewater treatment, a career he believed maintained a high job security rate. This led to his new career path at Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, where he devoted his skills as a Waste Water Operator. With unwavering commitment and expertise in his craft, Richard ensured that the community had access to clean and safe wastewater management. His dedication earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and friends alike.

Beyond his career accomplishments, Richard was a man of many passions. He had a deep appreciation for motorcycles and guns, target practice being a much enjoyed hobby of his.  Richard's adventurous spirit was also intertwined with his love for USC Gamecock Football; a love that was nurtured through his youth by growing up a stone's throw from William Brice Stadium and the roar of the crowd, in Olympia Village.

Throughout his life's journey, Richard found solace in faith as an Episcopalian. His spiritual beliefs provided guidance and comfort during both joyous and challenging times. Richard cherished the teachings of his faith and nurtured a compassionate heart that touched the lives of all who knew him. One of Richard's proudest accomplishments was his journey to sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous. For an impressive span of 42 years, he exhibited tremendous strength and perseverance in overcoming addiction. Richard served as an inspiration for those struggling with similar challenges and never hesitated to lend a helping hand or offer words of encouragement to those seeking recovery.  He was passionate about what life had to offer and wanted others to know, whether they chose to listen or not.

Richard deeply treasured family bonds which brought immeasurable joy to his life. He shared more than two decades of marriage with the love of his life, Lynn Edith Knox. Their union was a testament to enduring love built on trust, loyalty, and shared values. Throughout his marriage to Lynn, he built a wonderful relationship with his stepdaughter, Sharon James (Marty).  As a father to Elizabeth Knox Anthony ( Christopher) and Addie Lucille Sanders ( Steven), Richard was the epitome of love and support.  Richard was overjoyed to witness the next generation blossom, embracing the roles of a grandfather to Jasmine Farhan Khalaf (Tarik), Knox Chase Sanders, and Addison Sanders. Their smiles brought immense happiness to his life, and he cherished every moment spent with them. Richard's inner kindness showed especially in the love he had for his grand puppies! Richard is further survived by his granddaughters Savannah Putman and Jessica Putman—each holding a special place in his heart. His love for them knew no bounds as he nurtured their dreams and celebrated their individuality.

In every aspect of his life, Richard Charles Knox radiated an evocative spirit filled with honesty, love, and humor. His genuine charm left an indelible mark on everyone who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him. Though he may no longer be physically present, his memory will continue to bring laughter, joy, and inspiration to those who loved him.

To honor Richard's life and celebrate the imprints he left on our hearts, a memorial service will be held at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Simpsonville on February 24 at 3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Alzheimer's Association, Dementia Society of America, or any other charity close to your heart.  Any AA members can do a "in memoriam" to the AA group of their choice. 

May Richard Charles Knox rest in eternal peace—a testament to a life well-lived and deeply cherished.

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