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Roy Knox Everson Jr.

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9 Mar 2024 (aged 94)
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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Local and professional artist Roy Knox Everson Jr. passed away on March 9, 2024, in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 94 years old. Knox was born on August 22, 1929, in Nashville, TN the only child of Roy Sr. and Elizabeth Williams Everson of Nashville, TN.

During the depression of the 1930's, the family was forced to relocate from Nashville to Memphis after losing their home to foreclosure. Their new life began when Roy Sr. found employment in the Art Department of Memphis's largest daily newspaper, the Commercial Appeal.

Growing up, young Knox proved to be naturally creative. His first inkling toward lifetime employment in the arts came from winning a city-wide Memphis art poster contest at the age of 12 years old. "Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up" week was a yearly Memphis city promotion to prompt homeowners to spruce up their homes and yards. Knox went on to graduate from Memphis Tech High School while continuing his pursuit of creative art. He excelled in artistic design through multiple avenues including the design and construction of parade floats for the Memphis Cotton Carnival.

After high school, Knox attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois. His education was interrupted by the Korean war where he served as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Knox was stationed at the U.S. Army Base in Osan, Korea, responsible for leading military site construction throughout the country.

Having completed his military service at the level of lieutenant, Knox returned to Memphis and resumed his art education at the Memphis Academy of Art. There he successfully created many pieces of fine art and initiated many friendships he carried throughout his professional career. While there, Knox met the love of his life, Bonnie June Turner, who later became his wife of 68 years.

Knox had many interests throughout his life. He loved any kind of airplane, motorcycle and automobile. He was especially keen on British sports cars. He and Bonnie owned many antique vehicles throughout their marriage and were original members of the Shelby County British Sports Car Club. The Eversons and their friends would roar through the Mid-South countryside in various car rallies on weekends. Bonnie was the navigator and Knox the driver/mechanic.

Even though an art career never promised riches, Knox was always confidence that he could make a living doing what he loved. Throughout the years he was fortunate enough to experience many types of employment in the art world. After college in the 1950's, Knox became one of the pioneers in the new world of advertising. He became the Director of Graphic Arts at Ward Archer and Associates advertising agency and would later lead the graphics department of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He later created architectural renderings for Holiday Inn's proposed properties as he traveled throughout the state. On several properties, he personally painted wall murals at multiple new hotels.

Knox became a self-employed commissioned artist, painting various commissions for local businesses, local leaders and other clients. His works included portraits, landscapes, still-life's and more. Knox later moved back into corporate art, retiring as the Director of Graphic Services for Schering/Plough.

During his distinguished career, he received many awards and honors. The State of Tennessee General Assembly recognized his historical drawings and paintings of the region, awarding him the title of "Illustrator of the State". He was awarded the key to the city of Memphis in for the longstanding promotion of his beloved city. The Germantown, TN Arts Alliance awarded him the prestigious "Arts and Humanities Medal of Honor" for his lifelong support of the arts.

In the late 1960's, Knox and wife Bonnie designed and built their dream home in the affordable "boondocks" of Germantown, TN. Knox recognized the need for leadership in city planning and incorporation to retain the area's small-town charm. Knox volunteered countless hours serving on the Germantown Planning Commission, the Germantown Historical Committee, the Germantown Design Review Commission, and the Germantown Sign Ordinance Committee. He originated the City of Germantown Seal and designed a new city logo, "the jumping G", with a horse inside a horseshoe depicted on all city vehicles. Knox also provided the original design for the Germantown Arts and Humanities Medal of Honor.

After retirement, Knox and Bonnie enjoyed many years of adventurous European travel. Knox was inspired driving through the country sides of France, England, Scotland and Ireland. He had always wanted to paint in the medium of oil throughout his career. These travels and inspirations from the impressionistic masters through the years brought new energy and light to his canvases.

Knox spent many years as a vestry member of St. George's Episcopal Church, and most recently became a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Collierville, TN.

Knox is survived by his wife of 68 years Bonnie, his daughter Daryn Everson Edwards and son Val Everson.

Graveside services are planned for 2:00 pm Wednesday March 13th at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Memphis Dixon Gallery & Gardens or Brooks Museum.

Local and professional artist Roy Knox Everson Jr. passed away on March 9, 2024, in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 94 years old. Knox was born on August 22, 1929, in Nashville, TN the only child of Roy Sr. and Elizabeth Williams Everson of Nashville, TN.

During the depression of the 1930's, the family was forced to relocate from Nashville to Memphis after losing their home to foreclosure. Their new life began when Roy Sr. found employment in the Art Department of Memphis's largest daily newspaper, the Commercial Appeal.

Growing up, young Knox proved to be naturally creative. His first inkling toward lifetime employment in the arts came from winning a city-wide Memphis art poster contest at the age of 12 years old. "Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up" week was a yearly Memphis city promotion to prompt homeowners to spruce up their homes and yards. Knox went on to graduate from Memphis Tech High School while continuing his pursuit of creative art. He excelled in artistic design through multiple avenues including the design and construction of parade floats for the Memphis Cotton Carnival.

After high school, Knox attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois. His education was interrupted by the Korean war where he served as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Knox was stationed at the U.S. Army Base in Osan, Korea, responsible for leading military site construction throughout the country.

Having completed his military service at the level of lieutenant, Knox returned to Memphis and resumed his art education at the Memphis Academy of Art. There he successfully created many pieces of fine art and initiated many friendships he carried throughout his professional career. While there, Knox met the love of his life, Bonnie June Turner, who later became his wife of 68 years.

Knox had many interests throughout his life. He loved any kind of airplane, motorcycle and automobile. He was especially keen on British sports cars. He and Bonnie owned many antique vehicles throughout their marriage and were original members of the Shelby County British Sports Car Club. The Eversons and their friends would roar through the Mid-South countryside in various car rallies on weekends. Bonnie was the navigator and Knox the driver/mechanic.

Even though an art career never promised riches, Knox was always confidence that he could make a living doing what he loved. Throughout the years he was fortunate enough to experience many types of employment in the art world. After college in the 1950's, Knox became one of the pioneers in the new world of advertising. He became the Director of Graphic Arts at Ward Archer and Associates advertising agency and would later lead the graphics department of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He later created architectural renderings for Holiday Inn's proposed properties as he traveled throughout the state. On several properties, he personally painted wall murals at multiple new hotels.

Knox became a self-employed commissioned artist, painting various commissions for local businesses, local leaders and other clients. His works included portraits, landscapes, still-life's and more. Knox later moved back into corporate art, retiring as the Director of Graphic Services for Schering/Plough.

During his distinguished career, he received many awards and honors. The State of Tennessee General Assembly recognized his historical drawings and paintings of the region, awarding him the title of "Illustrator of the State". He was awarded the key to the city of Memphis in for the longstanding promotion of his beloved city. The Germantown, TN Arts Alliance awarded him the prestigious "Arts and Humanities Medal of Honor" for his lifelong support of the arts.

In the late 1960's, Knox and wife Bonnie designed and built their dream home in the affordable "boondocks" of Germantown, TN. Knox recognized the need for leadership in city planning and incorporation to retain the area's small-town charm. Knox volunteered countless hours serving on the Germantown Planning Commission, the Germantown Historical Committee, the Germantown Design Review Commission, and the Germantown Sign Ordinance Committee. He originated the City of Germantown Seal and designed a new city logo, "the jumping G", with a horse inside a horseshoe depicted on all city vehicles. Knox also provided the original design for the Germantown Arts and Humanities Medal of Honor.

After retirement, Knox and Bonnie enjoyed many years of adventurous European travel. Knox was inspired driving through the country sides of France, England, Scotland and Ireland. He had always wanted to paint in the medium of oil throughout his career. These travels and inspirations from the impressionistic masters through the years brought new energy and light to his canvases.

Knox spent many years as a vestry member of St. George's Episcopal Church, and most recently became a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Collierville, TN.

Knox is survived by his wife of 68 years Bonnie, his daughter Daryn Everson Edwards and son Val Everson.

Graveside services are planned for 2:00 pm Wednesday March 13th at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Memphis Dixon Gallery & Gardens or Brooks Museum.



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