Horace Knowles
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age 93, formerly of Gadsen, AL and Gary resident for over 60 years, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019. He retired from Amtrak, was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of First Baptist Church in Gary, IN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Taylor (Girlie Mae) Knowles Sr.; sister, Martha Avery; brothers: Taylor Knowles Jr., Mathew Knowles Sr., Warren Knowles, and Ernest Knowles; brother-in-law, Randolph Avery; sister-in-law, Dora Knowles; and former wife, Alma Knowles. He is survived by daughters: Bobbi (Alan), Lorelei, Felicia and Rhonda Knowles; granddaughter, Latrice Farmer; grandson, James (Dawn) Wright; great granddaughters: Marisa Wright and Lilani Farmer; sister, Dorothy Price; brother, Leon Knowles; special nephews: Michael (Francine) Knowles and Robert (Jan) Avery and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation: Friday, August 9, 2019 from 12:00-8:00p.m. with family hours 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral Services, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2235 W. 10th Avenue, Gary, IN. Pastor, Delwyn Campbell, officiating. Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart, IN.



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Published in Post-Tribune on Aug. 7, 2019.
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August 13, 2019
Donna Oliver
August 12, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 12, 2019
Mr Knowles was KNOWN AND LOVED BY MANY Amtrak employees. When it came time for Mr Knowles to retire we had to let him know just how much we LOVED and would MISS him, so Vernice Towne, Ethel Harrison and I started a collection. It quickly grew to amount I'd never seen before or since. With the help of others, we were able to throw a "SURPRISE" retirement party at the Holiday Inn Hotel. There were many that donated services, the limousine and driver, the DJ and thanks to Jim Bradley, the hall was free, the cost for the food was discounted. After all of that we were still able to present Mr Knowles with $600. The room was packed with friends from all over Amtrak..... A good time was had by all!!!! REST IN PEACE Mr Knowles!!!
Patricia Pernell
August 11, 2019
It was indeed a pleasure working Mr Knowles on the city of new Orleans. We always had a good trip. Rest in peace my friend.
JoAnn Rhodes
August 11, 2019


I knew Mr.Knowles for many years working at Amtrak.He always kept a smile on my face whether he was cracking jokes, telling stories or reading someone. He had a great heart , a quick sense of humor and would help anyone whenever he could. I Wish there were more people in the world as genuine as he was. My heartfelt condolences to all the loved ones he left behind who will remember him with great love and as fondly as I will
Ethel Harrison
Coworker
August 11, 2019
My most sincere condolences, to the family and friends of former Amtrak employee, Mr. Horace Knowles, the many years of travel across the Rails were lighted by his presence,
Phyllis Howard
Coworker
August 10, 2019
My sincere Condolences to the Family , Rest in Perfect Peace my Friend
Mildred Askew Ellerson
August 10, 2019
Horace and I worked together many years ago. He was a pleasure to work with he never lost his cool. We had a station stop in Cheyenne Wyoming and in the middle of lunch a passenger had a seizure with his arms the passenger wiped all the dishes off the table and into the busy dining car floor. Without missing a beat Mr Knowles took charge of the situation. He grabbed the passenger with one arm and held him against the window frame until the seizure stopped and the ambulance arrived meanwhile he used his free arm to reset the table with the help of the other waiters that was Horace cool as a cucumber .
August 9, 2019
My condolences to the Knowles family, he was a wonderful co worker
My thoughts and prayers are with the family
DeLora Davis
August 9, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. Horace was a great man.
Gwendolyn Diggs
August 9, 2019
To my Dad's Best friend from Amtrak and who I affectionately call Uncle Horace. Thank you for being there for me and my mother when my Dad passed. Thank you for helping me to be a man who puts God and his family first. Rest in God's hands and know that I love you!
Allester Taylor
August 9, 2019
To Rhonda, Bobbie(Alan), Lorelei, Felicia, LaTrice, James(Dawn), great-grand daughters and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father (Papa Knowles). He knew that he could count on you. You displayed your love for your father and mother over the years. Through the sweat, the tears, the joy, the laughter, the pain, and even through the difficult decision-making for the right choices for your father's care. Your father always knew he could count on you. You are the best daughters any father could ever want and have. I pray that God gives you comfort in the days ahead. I hope that you find these words of encouragement helpful. You have listened to your father's instructions, payed attention, and have gained understanding. (Proverbs 4:1) You have truly grown into strong, wise women for listening to your parents' instructions for your lives. May God continue to bless and keep you. With sincere sympathy, Ms. LaVerne Taylor-Gearring, sons and family
Laverne Gearring
August 8, 2019
May the strength of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with each and everyone in the Knowles family during this period of grief love Tony
Glenna and Tony Walker
August 8, 2019
To the Knowles family may the strength of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you each and everyone of you during this grieving time w
Tony and Glenna Walker Riverdale Georgia
August 7, 2019
Bobbi and Family,
Sorry to learn of your dad's passing. Losing parents is one of the hardest things we'll ever do! Both mine have passed. However, I learned that they gave us everything we need to keep going and be happy! Much love and peace to you and your family! Andrean classmate 1974.
Jessie Jenkins Harvey
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