Hulen Dee “H.D.” Knox—a devoted Christian, World War II Veteran, and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather—passed away at his home in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018. He was 92.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2016 at the funeral home, Reverend Jerry Holman officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Dee was born and raised on Galveston Island on October 26, 1925. Upon graduating from Ball High School in 1944, he answered the call to duty during World War II by enlisting in the 39th United States Infantry Company D, where he served proudly from March 1944 to May 1946, receiving various accommodations for his service.
After the War, Dee returned to the Island to meet and marry the love of his life, Claudia “Corky” Frances Pierce Knox. The two were married for nearly 63 years, sharing a kiss and a hot cup of coffee each morning until her death in May 2016. Corky and Dee gave life to two daughters, Patty Knox Clements and Susan “Sam” Knox Myers. Dee understood the importance of education and insisted that Patty and Sam appreciate and experience American history, which is why the family’s summer vacations consisted of long car rides across the country to see Civil War battlefields and national parks such as Yellowstone. His love of learning and teaching is what motivated him to enroll at the University of Houston at Clear Lake (“UHCL”), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Philosophy. After retiring from a 39-year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Galveston, he became a professor of American History at Galveston College and College of the Mainland, teaching for 20 years before retiring, never missing a single day of class. He would often take his five grandchildren to his classes, introducing them to his students as his “body guards” and rewarding them for their “service” with Ferry rides and snow-cones.
In addition to loving his family and nation, Dee loved the Lord. He and Claudia were leaders of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the Church’s community outreach program. Mr. Knox was also a member of the Galveston Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and was a Master Mason of the 33rd degree.
Dee is preceded in death by Claudia (wife); George W. Knox (father); Ada Ann Alders Knox (mother); Walter R. Knox (brother); and Louray Knox (sister). Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Patty Knox Clements (Gary) and Susan Knox Myers (Artie); grandchildren, Michelle Clements Bertrand (Joel), Michael K. Myers, Stephen L. Myers, Laura Clements Rudzinski (David), and Kyle P. Myers; great-granddaughter, Kira Bertrand; and sister and brother-in law, Mary Ellen and Bob Grove.
Pallbearers are Artie Myers, Jr., Gary Clements, Stephen L. Myers, Kyle P. Myers, David Rudzinski, and Joel Bertrand.
The family would like to thank the Carnes Brothers Funeral Home family and staff for the compassionate care given to our family. We would also like to thank the following individuals for the love and care they showed Dee during the last stages of his life: Drs. Juliet McKee, Hania Kasseim, Eduardo Orihuela and Tony Tran of UTMB; Marilyn James of Right at Home; the staff of AMED Hospice Group; and Jackie Chinn.