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Boone Knox's life stood as a shining example of civic generosity

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He was a banker, a real- estate entrepreneur, a civic leader and a philanthropist. But just one word can accurately describe Boone Knox.

Boone Knox was a civic leader, philanthropist and businessman who devoted much of his life to making others' lives better. He died Thursday at age 74.  FILE/STAFF
Boone Knox was a civic leader, philanthropist and businessman who devoted much of his life to making others' lives better. He died Thursday at age 74.


Knox, who lost his long battle with cancer Thursday at age 74, invested his wealth, time and talent in Augusta and its people.

And Augusta is richer for it.

Look at how he invested in our past.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church was destined for demolition after it was deconsecrated in the 1970s. But Knox and his family saved the beautiful structure from the wrecking ball by funding a five-year restoration project that culminated in the church's 1987 re-opening as Sacred Heart Cultural Center, now one of the city's jewels.

And look at how he invested in our future.

This summer the city will see the opening of the Salvation Army's massive Kroc Center -- a $100 million nexus for recreation, education, art, culture and social services. Knox chaired the formidable fund-raising effort that raised an incredible $20 million needed to bring the Kroc Center to Augusta -- six months ahead of schedule, and despite an economic downturn.

One of The Augusta Chronicle's columnists, retired Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, perhaps put it best in November 2009:

"The next time you see Boone Knox be sure to pat him on the back or give him a hug, and thank him for his extraordinary leadership in putting together a dream team and guiding them to such great success. Over the course of the next century, the Kroc Center will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families. It will be their joy; it will be Boone Knox's legacy."

Look at just about anything enhancing or uplifting about the CSRA, and Knox's influence and support can be found. The United Way, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, First Tee of Augusta, the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, Heritage Academy and the University Health Care Foundation is just a short start to a long list.

Knox has shown his commitment to education as a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation, and as a donor, through the Knox Foundation, of $2 million in 2008 to boost the burgeoning James M. Hull School of Business at Augusta State University.

Knox was deeply devoted to his friends and his Christian faith, and lived to the letter the philosophy he shared with his hometown newspaper in Thomson, The McDuffie Mirror, last July: "Work hard and be honest. It usually works."

Knox was much more than a community leader. He was a beloved community resource who changed so many people's lives for the better. His invaluable work has laid a firm foundation on which Augusta can further grow and thrive. He will not be forgotten.

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Brad Owens
Brad Owens 01/16/11 - 06:03 am
He was a person of substance,

He was a person of substance, he loved his community, he will be missed.

Rest in Peace Mr. Knox,


iletuknow 01/16/11 - 05:10 pm
Although he made a heroic try

Although he made a heroic try looking around the CSRA it needed many more like him.

Lori Davis
Lori Davis 01/16/11 - 03:30 pm
I wish I had taken the

I wish I had taken the opportunity to personally thank Mr. Knox for the huge part that he played in making the Kroc Center a reality. He chaired the Committee that raised the local funds necessary for Augusta to receive the Kroc Foundation award of approximately 60 million. Obviously Mr. Knox saw the huge need for this in the Harrisburg community, as well as Augusta, and had the foresight to see that with a healthy Harrisburg, we begin to have a healthier Augusta. For readers who don't know, Harrisburg sits between the Hill and downtown Augusta and is an area of high crime. Thank goodness for the goodness of Mr. Knox. As a Harrisburg resident, I am looking forward to great things happening in this community.

follower 01/16/11 - 04:49 pm
iletuknow, without the

iletuknow, without the puctuation needed, one can only assume your intention with your post. Are you saying that Mr. Knox could have done more? If so, who are you to make that statement and what is that you have done that remotely compares to the generosity and accomplishments of this fine man?

Of all the post on Sat. and today, you are the only person with anything negative to say. Unless I have misunderstood, due to your inability to make yourself clear, it is pathetic for someone to sit in judgement of such a fine man and question his contribution to this area.

Truth Be Told In Bold
Truth Be Told In Bold 01/18/11 - 10:18 am
He did what he did to help

He did what he did to help make things better. We should all follow suit. Do all the good you can, and do no harm. Thanks, Mr. Knox!

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