Johnny Ray Knox was taken by angels to meet the Lord Friday, May 11, 2018.
He was born December 12, 1956 in Searcy, AR, the third child of Irey Victor (I.V.) and Anne Elizabeth Knox.
Johnny was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 624 for 40 years. His pipeline career began when he started working with Snuffy right out of high school operating in the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas areas. At age 19 he went to Oklahoma to welding school. After graduation he went back to pipeline as a welder with Double B Pipeline. He continued on to bigger and better positions starting with being a heavy equipment operator, Tie-in Foreman, Union Steward, and finishing with being elected as the General Manager covering all of Arkansas and Mississippi. In 1983, he married his first wife Barbara. In 2003 he married his 2nd wife Kathy. In August of 2012, he married Virginia Cunningham.
Johnny loved raising chickens, collecting knives, watching WWE Wrestling and Nascar races. He enjoyed playing and visiting with all his nieces and nephews and giving them his own nicknames. He was also a member of the Church of Christ. Those who knew him best will remember him for being playful, joking, and having a great laugh with an occasional "sleeper hold".
Johnny is preceded in death by his parents and wives.
Johnny loved his family and friends, and he will be sadly missed by all of them.
He is survived by his wife Virginia; son, Clint and his family; brother, Larry Knox and wife Deborah; sister, Vickie Fowlkes; nieces and nephews, Michael Knox; Cole Knox; Stephen Fowlkes and wife Becky Ann and their son, Trey; Emily Pettway and husband Chris, and their son Blaine, and soon to be here daughter, Hazel; Rebecca Hammond and husband John; Benny Harvey aka "Amis Moses"; Maygun Butler aka "RonaDonna" and husband Paul; Tori Foreman aka "Frog Cake" and her husband Andrew and their daughter, Andrea Jordan aka "Baby".
Visitation will be Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, Arkansas and an intimate Celebration of Life will follow on Saturday, May 19th at Sunrise (5:30 a.m.) at his home. Cremation arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. www.SmithFamilyCares.com
MAY 18. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Smith - Westbrook Funeral Home
404 W. Dewitt Henry Dr.
Beebe, AR, US, 72012