Obituary: William Fredrick Knowles

June 27,1932 – July 12,2020

William Fredrick Knowles, 88, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born June 27, 1932, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul and Ruth (Davis) Knowles.  He married Barbara Jean Lanier February 25, 1951, and she preceded him in death May 24, 2013.  His second marriage was to Roxanna Lea Melton.

Bill retired from Lehigh Cement Company.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1950 and served on the Mitchell City Council.  Bill was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 and Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club.  He was a good-hearted man and would do anything for anyone.

Survivors include his wife, Roxanna Knowles of Mitchell children, Steve Knowles of Scottsburg,Timothy Bowden of Springville; Jeff Knowles of Bedford, Anna Knowles of Mitchell, Justin Bowden of Mitchell, Carrie Tolbert of Mitchell, and grandchildren, Hannah Bell, Cierra Bell, Preston Tolbert, Jayston Bowden, Jaime Knowles, Kameron Swank, Cory Knowles, Bryce Knowles; Bryce Knowles; and several great-grandchildren.

His parents; wife, Barbara; and son, Kim Knowles, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m.on Wednesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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