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William Rodney Knowles

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William Rodney Knowles, passed away on October 25, 2008, at age 62.

He was born on February 27, 1946, in Washington, N.C.

Rodney attended Davidson College from 1964 until 1968, where he played basketball for the Davidson College Wildcats. He was inducted into the Davidson Hall of Fame in February, 2008. In 1990, Rodney was appointed by the State Legislature to the North Topsail Beach Incorporation Committee and served as the first appointed Mayor and was later elected the first Mayor of the newly incorporated township. He served as Mayor for North Topsail Beach from 1990-1993 and then again from 2003 until 2008.

Rodney is survived by his beloved wife Linda; his mother Dorothy McGowan from Greenville, N.C., his father Russell Knowles and wife Jaxie from Bolivia, N.C.; his daughter Charlotte Kile Stewart and husband Brent Stewart; his grandchildren Charlotte and Max Stewart from Charlotte, N.C.; and his brother Russell Knowles and wife Jackie from Sneads Ferry, N.C.

His memorial service will be held at Faith Harbor United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Operation Topcat, P.O. Box 922, Sneads Ferry, N.C. or Faith Harbor United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2713, Surf City, N.C. 28445.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Oct. 28, 2008
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