MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 9, 2013

Bill Claude Knowles

1933 - 2013


— KNOWLES, Bill Claude, 79, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Tulsa, OK.  Born December 29, 1933 in McKinney, TX to William Claude and Annie Ruth (Akin) Knowles.  He grew up in Muskogee, OK.  Graduate of Oklahoma State University with an architecture degree and worked for 11 years with Honn & Associates in Tulsa before joining what is now BKL in 1969 to start the firm’s architecture division.  He became a partner in 1971.  He was a distinguished architect designer of the Tulsa Jail and other corrections facilities around the state.

Lifelong member of Church of Christ where he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher and was a founding member of the Church of Christ-affiliated Tulsa Christian Foundation.  His lifelong dream was his 120-acre spread where he raised cattle and hosted parties.  

Survived by his wife, Marcy Knowles; two daughters, Nancy Olson and Susan Smith; two stepchildren; two siblings, and eight grandchildren.

 Services will be held Saturday, 2/9/2013 at 11:00 A.M., Park Plaza Church of Christ-Tulsa. Friends are contributing to the Park Plaza Church of Christ missions fund.  Moore’s Southlawn 918-663-2233