Arnold Lee Knox, 74, of rural Lincoln, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015, at his home after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was born on August 20, 1940, near Lincoln in the Cooney Creek Community, a son of Claude and Clara (Walters) Knox.

He attended various country grade schools and Benton County High School in Cole Camp.  During his senior year, he enlisted in the United States Navy.  In December of 1959, he was united in marriage to Nadine Webb.  This union was blessed with two sons, Raymond and Eric.  After being discharged from the US Navy, he and Nadine resided in California, where he worked at Kaiser Chemical.  He transferred to Houston, Texas, to work at Kaiser Aluminum.  In 1978, he and his family moved back to Missouri.

Arnold was a partner of A-J Marine, which built boat docks, a welder, a heavy equipment operator, and owner of Knox Enterprises.  He was a partner of Deano's Barbeque Restaurant, drove a truck moving heavy equipment for Frank and Ernest, and had many other occupations during his life.  He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 305 of Cole Camp.

He was an outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cutting wood.  He loved his grandchildren and time spent teaching them all these skills.  He accepted Jesus as his savior, was baptized and a lifelong member of Ozark Tabernacle Church of rural Cole Camp.

Arnold is survived by:  his wife of 55 years, Nadine Knox of the home;
two sons, Raymond Knox and Eric Knox, both of Lincoln;
two sisters, Mildred Davis of Cole Camp and Gladys Pierce and her husband Wayne of Clinton;
seven brothers, James (J. C.) Knox and his wife Elaine of Houston, TX, Arlie Knox and his wife Shirley of Cole Camp, Bobby Knox and his wife Bonnie of Independence, David Knox and his wife Shirley of Cypress, TX, Darrell Knox and his wife Kathy of Windsor, Kenneth Ebeling of Mt. Vernon, and Wayne Ebeling and his wife Dee of Greenridge;
one granddaughter, Layne Knox;
six grandsons, Justin (Caylee) Knox, Ezra Feece, Walker Knox, Garrett Knox, Colton Knox, and Dalton Drexler; honorary grandson, Tyler Shrock; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Clara Knox.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Ozark Tabernacle Church, 27497 Highway AE, south of Cole Camp, with Rev. Johnny Medlock officiating.  Burial will be in Inman Memorial Cemetery, rural Cole Camp, with military rites by the American Legion Post No. 305 of Cole Camp.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Benton County Hospice, Benton County Cancer Society, or Ozark Tabernacle Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Pallbearers will be Eric Knox, Ezra Feece, Walker Knox, Garrett Knox, Justin Knox, and Colton Knox.  Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Knox, Layne Knox, Dalton Drexler, and Tyler Shrock.