Irven Bernard Knox was born in Pawleys Island, South Carolina to the late Benjamin Knox and Dorothy Young Knox on March 12, 1950.
He attended Faith Memorial School and Howard High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. where he served his country with pride before being honorably discharged due to medical issues. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Connecticut where he married his former spouse, Gladys Johnson. This union resulted in the birth of their two children, Sam Johnson and Zavondia Uteve (Johnson) Stewart.
Irven was a hard worker who was employed at the Electric Boat Company for many years and worked as a contractor and a mechanic. He honed those mechanics skills towards his passion for late-model cars and boats. He spent and enjoyed many hours remodeling these cars and supplemented his income by applying his skills on boat repairs. Irven was also an excellent cook who demonstrated his roots by recreating many soul food dishes. This is one of the traits he’s passed down to his son Sam.
Irven is survived by his children, Sam and Zavondia; and his son-in-law Chrichton Stewart. Also left behind are his grandchildren, Zakar Johnson, Cairo Stewart, and Carwyn Stewart with whom he shared a special bond and loved spending time with. His infectious laugh, which could be heard bouncing off the walls as he played with his grandchildren, will be missed. His memories will live on through a host of his extended family. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Benjamin Knox Jr, Wilbur Knox, and sisters; Dorothy Ann Duncan, Gwendolyn Knox, and Vertrelle Young.
A viewing is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London, CT from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life. Services are entrusted to the Lester Gee Funeral Home, 108 Blinman Street, New London, CT.