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farm. which is named we have faro- two kinds of them -- are the wrlU starting with on my father's family. The reason for receiving a promi- on our farm is Ihc acres' are a piece of by my great-great rendered by him in War. As you I'm proud of that! kind of family oaks that guard from the hot sun winter protect the the snows, winds, provide beauty in In the little book I the family (Franks and and our children.) The COurse, "Our Family'. 0ff the family trees in ff this book are Rodg- tree, starting with Michael and his down to that opposite side were done in the same The family trees in- who they their children. trees are important to keep. We have the )le of that re- time we begin read- story of the crea- book of Moses, called Genesis, is in I'm reading God said, "Let forth living crea- Chapter 10, will the meaning of family -' 18. The sons of Noah from the Ark Ham, and Japheth. father of Canaan. were the Sons of these three the was peopled. Keep will find all discouraged I when asked about I to whom, everyone is back to the Creation paragraph of the Revised Standard me, and will be to is more than a his- to be pre- By Roberta Patton Rodgers served. It must stand forth in language that is direct and plain and meaningful to people today. It is our hope and our earnest prayer that this Revised Stan- dard Version oLthe Bible may be used by God to speak to men in these momentous times, and to help them to understand and be- lieve and obey His Word." It frightens me for people to say "I don't believe any of that stuff I usually say "earth and the fullness thereof could not have been by our hands." God came first and still must be first. He gave us our freedom, there- fore our choices the wages of sin are death we will all die an earthly deathl We are all sinners But, for the Grace of God, we who believe in God will be joined together. Sometimes I think was sent to preach. The t,ord knows my fam- ily gets tired of my sermons and even me sometimes. My fall flowers, the Cosmos climbing toward the heaven in lovely pink and white are prayers especially sent to the boys in Saudl Arabia, to the suf- fering everywhere, to Llbby Jacobsen, Dianne Flynn, Nuna Hughart, Boone Harvey. Charles Lobban, to Jane Carey, Mary and Larry Carter, Jayne McClin- tock. Lucille Skaggs and Melvin Patton, Christiansburg. Virginia, Llnda Wanda Kirby. George Clin- ebell, all who are working on family trees. Robert and Gillus of Chat- tanooga. Tennesse, priviledged us with a delightful plane ride over Greenbrier Valley and we saw the Elizabeth Chapel steeple. I had my hands on the steering wheel and said to Gil- lus, "stop a minute, I want to find our house" by that time we were miles away. A minute can go far in a plane! 647-5030 or 392-5030 John Knox... "long and lonely" where the sur- roundings were silent and unin- habited. This was especially true during the long winter months with the cold. snow and rain. John became a surrogate family member to many families in the region. Three of these families were the John Wise Hoke family on Hoke's Mountain near Second Creek, the Marion Francis McGulre family of Rox- alia Springs, near Montcove Lake, and a Wickllne family near White Sulphur Springs. Eliza- beth Hoke is remembered as car- ing for him as she cared for her own children, especially sewing and mending his clothes. He kept in touch with this family until his death. Vlolet McGulre Smlthson, now of Richwood, had been ac- cepted to Marshall College for the fall session of 1919. She fondly recalled John's visits to the Cove, One summer evening, as she was milking the family cow, John approached through the field. She said he never used the path. As he passed by her he commented, "That's a good job for a college student." Violet re- called another time when she couldn't get off her horse and he helped her to get her feet on the ground. Later that winter, he stayed at the home of Clara McGutre Reed in the Cove during her bout with flu and pneumonia. He sat up with her and helped care for her and her family. In January, Lieutenant An- drew Bert Hoke died from expo- sure to nerve gas he had experi- enced in France during World War I. Myrtle Hoke Walker, Bert's younger sister, recounted John's special loving care, friendship, and attention toward their family at this time, in addi- tion to his regular vlslts, He preached the funeral sermon and wrote the obituary for the paper, as well as helped at the house. Bess Lynch Hoke, a sis- ter-in-law to Bert, once com- mented as to his helpfulness in the kitchen, which he had learned from his own home liv- ing. She remembered that some of the mountain women did not appreciate his presence in the kitchen. Their thinking was that the kitchen was no place for a man. This was a memorable year for John. He hated to leave the Sweet Springs area. However, the bishop appointed him to go to Sudbrook, near Baltimore in Jtme 1920. Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia, became his next home in the fall of 1921. As a divinity student, he felt quite comfort- able, as opposed to his earlier college years. Absalom, his fa- ther, became fll during his sen- ior year (1924). John returned home to help care for his father who died in January. His grief and loss was vast. John's father had been a loving, klnd parent as well as John's mentor for the ministry. The son sadly returned to Emory to graduate, then teach. While on a European travel study seminar he became more convinced to pursue equality, justice, and peace. Later that year he was not rehired at Emory due to a letter he had written to a local newspaper concerning the long hours and poor pay of the cotton mills. This created an opportunity for a new learning venture. He chose to continue his learning and entered the Divinity school of the University of Chi- cago, working in new Testament toward a doctoral degree. While there, he rented a room at the Hull House from Jane Adams, but found it not suitable to the atmosphere he needed for study. Late March of 1929 found John returning to West Virginia to be with the John Wise Hoke family and to officiate at Mr Hoke's funeral at Second Creek. In Mr Hoke's obituary John wrote of his feelings and atti- tudes toward this home as one -in which he had experienced special love and caring. In 1929, John began a new facet of his life at Fisk University in Nashville. Tennessee as chap- lain. Flsk was one of the few In- terracial schools of the south -- faculty wise. Lois Bolles of At- lanta married John in 1930. She The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 11, 1990 7A was a librarian and began to work at the Flsk University Li- brary. There were some tensions, but overall John felt that thne period was a most significant pe- riod in his career. The relation- ships at Fisk were warm, happy, and filled with kindness. He felt they became "color blind." The next seven years were mostly to be spent in Chicago. He received his Ph.D In 1935. The family lived quite simply during that first year. John became a part of the editorial staff of The Christian Century in Chicago. This publi- cation had earlier belonged to the Disciple of Christ Church. Dr Morrlson took over the publica- tion; making It a weekly Inter- denominational and theologically liberal publication, considering the world as Its parish. For four of these years John was a fac- ulty member of the University of Chicago Divinity School. New York City became the Knox's next home in 1943. Dr Knox became professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary. Dr Knox considered this time period the most settled, most active, and most produc- tive years of his life. A leave of absence was granted from the university to allow the Knox fam- ily to spend a year in England where John fulfilled a Fullbright teaching fellowship at Cambr- Idge. He was chosen to be an asso- ciate editor of the twelve-volume biblical commentary, The Interpreter's Bible, printed by Ablngdon Press and later The Continued From Page 1-A works of biblical scholars and expository preachers. In 1954 John was contacted by Monsignor Myles Bourke, the Dean of the Roman Catholic Seminary of Saint Joseph's In Yonkers, New York. Monsignor Bourke was editor of biblical translations and asked John to become one of the associate edi- tors and translators of The New American Bible. he accepted and the Bible was published In 1970. Dr Knox was overloyed at his "fellowship between the Roman and non-Roman Christians." With this came speaking and so- cial engagements at many Catholic schools, Including Notre Dame. Dr Knox became confirmed In the Episcopal Church In 1959, to be followed by his ordination as a deacon In 1962. John and Lois retired to Austin, Texas so he might be a part of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. There he taught and wrote. After his seventieth birthday came his second retirement and the move to Medford, New Jer- sey, a Quaker retirement Com- munity where he continued to write articles and revise editions of earlier works. He was quite proud of the library there. His book of essays, A Glory in it All, was published in 1985 by Word Books, although many other published books and articles are to his credit. Dr John Knox was preceded in death by his wife. Lois. He is survived by two sons: Dr John Knox, Jr of Madison, New Interpreter's Dictionary of the York and Hamilton Bolles (Tony} Bible. 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