Emanuel Knowles, 82, of Folkston, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Jacksonville, FL. He was born in Boulougne, FL on January 11, 1938 to the late Jeffrey and Lula Lloyd Knowles. He served as a police officer for the Folkston Police Department and a deputy for the Charlton County Sheriffs Department before becoming a guard at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, where he worked until his retirement. He was a member of Camp Pinckney Baptist Church and attended Bachlott Church of God and Calvary Baptist Church.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah Spradley and Inez Riggins; four brothers, Howard Knowles, Thomas Knowles, Lonnie Knowles, and Arthur Knowles; a grandson, Don Knowles, and a step-great-grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Knowles; five children, Belinda (Phillip) Huling, Eric Knowles, Earl Knowles, Jeff (Jessica) Knowles, and Rose (John) Winnie; two step-children, Jimmy (Lisa) Spurlock and Emily (Dwayne) Conrad; sister, Geraldine Butts; brother, Gene Knowles; grandchildren, Jana Martinez, Walter (Erica) Knowles, Byron (Breanna) Knowles, Jonathan Henderson, Sam Knowles, Adam Sikes, Katherine Knowles, Windell (Heather) Morgan, and Ryan (Peyton) Morgan; four step-grandchildren, Joey (Rebecca) Spurlock, Jamie Spurlock, Carolyn Masters, and Alan Masters; 19 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service was held Sunday, February 23 at Camp Pinckney Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Maddox officiating. The family received friends an hour prior to the service at the church.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston.