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Melva Jo Knox, age 90

Melva Jo Knox, age 90, of Romance, Arkansas passed away on April 17, 2024. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on April 1, 1934 to parents Jesse Carrell and Mary Zada (McPherson) Carrell.

Melva is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Marie Mitchell, Floyd Carrell, Lloyd Carrell, Imo Jean Gregston, Georgia Russell, and Yvonne Morris.

She is survived by her children Richard Knox, Rhonda Pettingill (Donald), Regina Broadway, Rita Knox, Rebecca Holden (Ricky), Robin Knox, and Ronald Knox; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters Tina McLeod and Juanita Carrell; along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Melva loved to spend time with her family. She was very close with her brothers and sisters. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading her Bible.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 2:00pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Memorials can be made to Pathfinders in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Phyllis Quinliban Posted April 19, 2024 3:12 PM

    With love, and respect, sorry for your loss, to the family of Rita znox..

  • Paula kindall Posted April 19, 2024 4:29 PM

    She was a long time friend of ours
    at Pathfinders. She was my instructor for years til she decided to retire from there. We had a going away party for her. It made her happy. People who knew her well at Pathfinders will miss her. God bless her family at this sad time.

  • Phyllis quinlivan Posted April 19, 2024 4:47 PM

    Phyllis sends her love and respect to the Knox family, and I knew her for a long time at the Pathfinder workshop. She was my instructor for a long time there. Pathfinder will miss her smiling face every time we saw her come into the workshop. God go with the knox family at this time.

    in the loss of her dear friend and instructor at Pathfinders. She will be dearly missed.

  • Chuck Rhoden Posted April 19, 2024 5:35 PM

    This was a wonderful person,, whom we knew, and was glad we were friends with.
    She was one of my instructors at Pathfinders for many years, and I’m going to miss her so. Pathfinder family will miss her when she come to work every day til her retired. God go with her whole family durling this time.

  • Sandra Hambrick Posted April 19, 2024 11:45 PM

    Hey Rita I’m sorry to hear about your mom she was mine staff at Cleo building at pathfinder

  • Sandra Hambrick Posted April 20, 2024 8:36 AM

    I’m sorry for your loss. Melva was my staff at Pathfidner. She was loved by many.

  • Linda stringfellow Posted April 20, 2024 8:57 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs knox she will be missed

  • JUANITA CARRELL Posted April 20, 2024 5:23 PM


  • Mandi Heinrich Walker Posted April 20, 2024 5:52 PM

    Heather, I’m terribly sorry to hear of your Gramma’s passing. Please know you are kept close in my thoughts, deep in my heart and always in my prayers.

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