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Evangelist Garland Melvin Knox

July 15, 1950 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 69)

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Garland Melvin Knox, was born on July 15, 1950 in Gastonia, N.C., to Minister Melvin “Tat” Knox and Alma Falls Knox. He grew up in the Firestone community of Gastonia and was well known as a tough and brave outdoorsman. He attended Hunter Huss High school and afterwards he went on to Gaston College where he enrolled in the welding program. He was one of the first black students to attend the welding program and excelled in it quickly. It was hard to find work as a black welder but with his talent and tenacity he overcame a lot of racial barriers by perfecting his craft. He worked as a journeyman welder for over 30 years earning the title of a “cracker-jack welder” for his excellent skills.


Garland got saved at the age of 12 and gave his life to the lord as a child. He was an exceptional gospel singer and during his high school years he organized and started a gospel quartet group with several of his neighborhood friends called the Gospel Tones. The Gospel Tones were phenomenal! They were a local sensation who packed out churches and school houses everywhere they performed across North and South Carolina. The Gospel Tones rocked the house and sung to the holy ghost fell down in the room as the anointing swept across the aisles and pews leaving many slain in the spirit. It was at one of these powerful performances at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Clover S.C. in 1970, that he met his beautiful wife of 40 years, Annie Helen Johnson-Knox, of the Oakridge community in Lake Wylie, S.C.

Garland and Ann have three beautiful children, Troy Etta, Lashae, and Lantron Knox.He was called into the ministry to preach in 1980 and he preached his trial sermon when his was 30 years. He was a young charismatic, holy ghost filled, fire-baptized, holiness preacher. He had a prophetic evangelistic calling to the ministry. He dedicated his entire life to soul winning and was known as the “street preacher”. He was a bold soldier in the army of the Lord, highly anointed, a demon slayer, and yet he still faced many challenges and afflictions of a man. We find comfort in knowing that the word of God says, many are the affliction of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Evangelist Knox would go out into the highways and hedges spreading the word of God on street corners in crime ridden, impoverished, and drug infested communities across this country on the back of his dump-truck telling men and women boys and girls that, “Jesus, Heals, Saves, and Delivers”. He joined Victory Christian Center under the leadership of Pastor Robin Gool, in the mid-1990’s and worked in the street ministry team winning souls for Christ. Pastor Gool was a great spiritual mentor and friend of Evangelist Knox.


2 Corinthians 5:8 confirms that to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Evangelist Knox departed this life peacefully at home on June 4, 2020 in Charlotte, NC. He survived by his wife Anne Johnson-Knox and his four children Troy Etta, Lashae, and Lantron Knox, and Michael Moss. He was also a proud grandfather, and uncle with a host of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by sisters in law, Wilma Wilson of Lake Wylie, SC, Thelma Williams (Wayne) of Charlotte, NC, Mary Rivers (Leon) of Charlotte, NC, and brother in law Robert Lee Johnson (Jackie) of Gastonia, NC.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
June 11, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Victory Christian Center
7728 Kings Ridge Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 11, 2020

11:00 AM
Victory Christian Center
7728 Kings Ridge Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

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