John B. Knox 99, of Montclair died at home on Jan, 23, 2018.
Mr. Knox was born on June 16, 1918, in Dothan, Alabama, where he lived with his family until they relocated to Orange.
In 1943, after high school, Mr. Knox was drafted into the U.S. Army; he was later stationed in San Bernardino, California, after his basic training, and was always very proud of his participation in making the documentary “Sands of War.” The documentary depicts life for soldiers in World War II and black troops’ successful contribution to the war effort. Later he was sent to England and Scotland where he was a part of the Normandy Invasion led by Gen. George Patton of the 3rd Armored Division. Mr. Knox held the rank of sergeant 1st class.
After the war, Mr. Knox settled in New Jersey, and in 1952 he married Justine Flippen, a second marriage for both. They lived in Montclair from 1956 until 2015. Mr. Knox was employed by the Essex County Department of Corrections as a rehabilitation counselor for drug offenders. He retired in 1991. He was a member of the Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251 in Montclair, a member of the Do Drop Inn at Glenfield Park, Montclair, and a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church.
Mr. Knox is predeceased by his wife, Justine, in August 2015. He is survived by his sister, Anna Hawkins of Orange, and a host of nieces and nephews.