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Britt A. Knox

December 7, 1939 — May 19, 2024

Woodbury, Tennessee

Major Britt Knox, Army (Ret.) Beloved son, husband, father, and brother died May 19, 2024.

Born December 7, 1939 in Memphis, TN  to the late John G. (Jack) Knox and Edith (Speedy) Towler Knox, Britt spent his formative years in Nashville, TN. A graduate of Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN, he lettered in track and football and was inducted into the BGA Hall of Fame. He earned a football scholarship to The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. and played on the Tangerine championship team in 1960. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

After graduation, Major Knox entered the Army. He attended jump school at Fort Campbell, KY and earned his pilot wings at Fort Rucker, AL. A decorated helicopter pilot, Major Knox was awarded two Purple Hearts for his heroic actions in Vietnam. Major Knox devoted a total of twenty-one years of military service to his country.

As a civilian, Britt's most satisfying career experience was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Utilizing his engineering degree, he supervised projects in Peru and Colombia, retiring in 2003.

Britt loved his adopted town, Woodbury, TN. He was active in his church, First United Methodist Church, volunteering with the food backpack program and working in the Thrift Store. He had a personal ministry of providing emotional support for the veteran residents of Woodbury Health and Rehabilitation. He also served as chaplain for the Hilton Stone Chapter of the American Legion. He had a special relationship with his father-in-law, Dude, and adored his mother-in-law, Annie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack; his sister, Phoebe Binkley; his sister-in-law, Ella Prince Knox; his brother-in-law,  Bob Binkley; and his in-laws, Nolan (Dude) and Annie Northcutt. He is survived by his wife, Faye Northcutt Knox; brother Joe (Jane) Knox; children, Mike (Karene) Knox, Wendy Knox, Amy Knox Green, and Jacqueline (Jamie) Rhodes; grandchildren, Drew (Erika) Morton, Austi Knox, Ayla (Matthew) Chapman, Katie Knox, Britt Knox-Harrelson, and Amber Goforth; great grandchildren, Tre and Ellie Morton and Hazel and Alora Chapman; sisters-in-law, Anne Knox and Ann Northcutt McBride; brothers-in-law, Richard Northcutt and Kyle Williams; several nieces and nephews; and a cadre of good friends.

His bigger-than-life presence and beautiful smile will be missed always.

Memorials are requested for the food backpack program at First United Methodist Church of Woodbury.

Share memories and condolences at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337 Because every life has a story 
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