honors United Methodist couple
Scholarship fund will be named for
Bishop James Knox and Edith Knox
(Feb. 25, 2002) - Florida Southern honors Bishop James Lloyd and
Edith Knox during a scholarship endowment dinner March 8 from 6
to 9 p.m. in the Hollis Wellness Center gymnasium on campus. The
event is hosted by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
(UMHEF), The Florida United Methodist Foundation, and Florida Southern
College. The $100-per-plate dinner will endow a Foundation scholarship
fund named for Bishop and Mrs. Knox for United Methodist (UM) students
at Florida Southern College.
The dinner is
being held in conjunction with the UMHEF Board of Trustees meeting
at FSC March 7, 8, and 9. A national foundation based in Nashville,
Tenn., the UMHEF is a 37-year-old organization dedicated to helping
students achieve their dreams. UMHEF provides scholarship aid for
UM students attending the 124 United Methodist-related institutions.
Bishop and Mrs. Knox were selected as the honorees for the 2002
event because of recent service to the Florida Conference, active
participation on the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College,
and a lifetime of distinguished service to The United Methodist
Knox, a Florida native born in Tampa, has spent most of his life
serving the United Methodist Church, in the episcopacy, as a superintendent,
as a missionary, and in congregations throughout Florida, including
churches in Dover, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg.
graduated from Florida Southern College in 1951, the same year he
married his wife, Edith Laney Strawn of Dunedin. He went on to earn
his divinity degree at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University
in Atlanta. The couple journeyed as missionaries to Cuba and Argentina
between 1958 and 1964, and in Florida, Bishop Knox served as coordinator
of the Florida Spanish Ministry and superintendent of the DeLand
and Miami Districts.
With his election
to the episcopacy in 1984, Bishop Knox was assigned to the Birmingham
Episcopal Area, covering the Alabama, West Florida, and North Alabama
Conferences. In 1992 he was appointed to the North Georgia Conference.
As a member of the General Board of Global Ministries, he served
as president of the World Division from 1988 to 1992. He has also
served on several college boards of trustees including Florida Southern,
Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, and Bethune Cookman
College, and has received honorary doctorates from Florida Southern
and Bethune Cookman. He retired as a bishop in 1996, but due to
Bishop Henderson's illness and death, he returned as Florida Conference
Bishop in 1999 and later in 2000 and 2001.
Edith Knox attended
Tulane University and received her nursing diploma from Mather School
of Nursing, Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans. She worked
as a registered nurse at Emory University Hospital as well as in
Louisiana, Florida, and Cuba. She also ran a clinic in Santiago
de las Vegas, Cuba, and supervised the outpatient clinic of the
Student Health Center at the University of Miami.
who live in St. Petersburg, Fla., celebrated their fiftieth wedding
anniversary in June. They have two children, Richard Michael of
Gainesville, and Carol Anne of Tallahassee.
information and other details on the Knox Scholarship Endowment
dinner, contact Kitty Carpenter, FSC director of church relations
at (863) 680-6211.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.