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Phillip L. Knowles a public life of service in loco parentis (1924-1999)
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P h i l l i p L K n ow l e s A P u b l i c L i f e of S e r vi c e i n L oc o P ar e n t i s ( 1924 1999) F r om t he H e a r t of D i xi e t o t he H e a r t of F l or i da 's P a nha ndl e i n l e s s t ha n one hou r T ha t 's how l ong i t t a ke s t o ge t f r om D ot ha n, A l a ba m a w he r e P hi l l i p K now l e s w a s bor n, J une 1, 1924 t o B oni f a y, F l or i da F e w F l o r i di a ns gr ow up w i t hi n 45 m i l e s of t he i r bi r t hp l a c e i n a not he r s t a t e H i s pa r e nt s de c i de d t o m ove dow n t he r oa d a pi e c e w hi l e P hi l l i p w a s s t i l l i n kne e pa nt s I t w a s a pl a c e w he r e he w a s de s t i ne d t o l i ve unt i l goi ng of f t o c ol l e ge i n w ha t one i m a gi ne s w a s a M a ybe r r y l i ke s e t t i ng. L i f e w a s l e s s c om pl i c a t e d t he n, a nd e ve r ybody kne w not onl y t he i r ne i ghbor s but e ve r yone e l s e w i t hi n hol l e r i n' di s t a nc e T he r e c oul dn't be a be t t e r pl a c e i n t he w o r l d t o gr ow up, J udge K now l e s r e f l e c t e d w he n he w a s i nt e r vi e w e d a bout a m on t h be f o r e hi s r e t i r e m e nt i n 1990 by S ue R i ddl e C r onk i t e of t he H ol m e s C ount y A dv e r t i s e r B oni f a y m a y not be on a nyone 's l i s t o f m os t w a nt t o vi s i t pl a c e s I t ha s t he di s t i nc t i on, how e ve r of be i ng t he s e a t of H ol m e s C ount y, one of t he s m a l l e s t a nd l e a s t popul a t e d c ount i e s i n F l o r i da W hi l e goi ng t o s c hool P hi l l i p w or ke d i n a va r i e t y of t hos e not s o odd j obs a va i l a bl e i n t he 1930's t o a n e ne r ge t i c young m a n i n a t ow n ha vi ng a popul a t i on o f l e s s t ha n 2500: de l i ve r i ng ne w s pa pe r s ( M obi l e R e gi s t e r ) s e l l i ng p a t e nt m e di c i ne s di s pe ns i ng c he r r y C oke s ba na na s pl i t s a nd s unda e s a t P a dge t t 's D r ug S t or e ( t hos e of us w ho w e r e t he n c a l l e d s oda j e r ks w oul d, i n t hi s e r a of pol i t i c a l c or r e c t ne s s be r e f e r r e d t o a s f ount ai ne e r s ) J u s t dow n t he s t r e e t w a s K now l e s r e t a i l c l ot hi ng s t or e ope r a t e d by P hi l 's f a t he r D a vi s G i vi ng a f o r e t a s t e of P hi l l i p's pl e a s ur e i n e nga gi ng ot he r s i n c a s ua l c onve r s a t i on a r e t he s t or i e s t ol d dur i ng t he a bove m e nt i one d i nt e r vi e w F or e xa m pl e he s a i d: M r s M c K i nnon's D a i r y w a s t he l a s t c us t om e r on m y ( n e w s pa pe r ) r out e a nd I w oul d us ua l l y s i t on a por c h r oc ke r a nd vi s i t w i t h he r m o t he r S he h a d a l i t t l e s hor t ha i r e d w hi t e dog, don't know w ha t ki nd he w a s H e 'd s i t on m y l a p. H e di d n't w a nt m e t o l e a ve O ne d a y w he n I got on m y bi ke he bi t m e j us t s t r i ppe d m y pa nt s l e g, knoc ke d m y dol l a r w a t c h out o f m y poc ke t a nd i t b r oke T he ye a r 1942 s a w hi m g r a dua t i ng f r om hi gh s c hool a nd, s oon, he w a s a t t he be c k a nd c a l l of t he A r m y A i r C or ps ( be f o r e i t be c a m e t he U S A i r F or c e ) f r o m M a r c h, 1943, unt i l D e c e m be r 1945 T r a i ne d a s a c r ypt ogr a phe r i n t he 132nd A r m y A i r w a ys C om m uni c a t i ons s ys t e m he s e r ve d a l l ove r E ur op e O ne of w i f e M a r y J a ne 's f a vor i t e

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s na ps hot s s e nt hom e s how e d P hi l l i p w e a r i ng a ge n ui ne S c ot t i s h t a r t a n ki l t U pon hi s di s c ha r ge he r e c e i ve d t he E ur ope a n A f r i c a n M i dd l e E a s t e r n S e r vi c e r i bbon w i t h t w o br onz e s t a r s W or l d W a r I I V i c t o r y m e da l a nd G oo d C onduc t m e da l D u r i ng a c t i ve du t y, he r os e t o t he r a nk o f T e c h S gt a nd be c om e a M a j or i n t he A i r F or c e r e s e r ve s H e e nt e r t a i ne d hi s f r i e nds i n t he w e e kl y l unc he on gr o up of r e t i r e d j udge s w i t h t a l e s of hi s ove r s e a s m i l i t a r y e xpe r i e nc e s a nd hi s s om e t i m e s c r a m pe d a nd unc om f o r t a bl e m e a ns of t r a ve l i n c om ba t a i r c r a f t E a r ni ng ne e de d unde r g r a dua t e hour s a t S t e t s on U n i ve r s i t y i n D e l a nd, he e nt e r e d i t s C ol l e ge of L a w a nd, i n 1950, r e c e i ve d hi s de g r e e P hi l l i p w a s e di t or of t he s c hool pa pe r T he St e t s on R e por t e r a nd w a s pr om i ne nt i n ot he r l a w s c hool a c t i vi t i e s E l e c t e d t o M ys t i c K r e w e l e a de r s hi p s oc i e t y, he w a s a l s o a m e m be r of D e l t a S i gm a P hi f r a t e r ni t y. C l ut c hi ng hi s l a w di pl om a i n one ha nd a nd t he ha n d of hi s f ut ur e br i de M a r y J a ne L e w i s of T a m pa i n t he ot he r P h i l c a m e t o t he hu b of t he w e s t c oa s t t o be gi n t he pr a c t i c e of l a w a nd t o m a r r y M a r y J a ne t he f ol l ow i ng ye a r ( 1951 ) F or t he f i r s t de c a de o f hi s l e ga l c a r e e r K now l e s a s s oc i a t e d w i t h l a w ye r s l a t e r j udge s O D H ow e l l J r a nd a f t e r H ow e l l w a s e l e c t e d j ud ge of J uve ni l e C our t i n 1954 N e i l C M c M ul l e n. G ove r nor L e r oy C ol l i ns a ppoi nt e d h i m D e put y C om m i s s i o ne r of I ndus t r i a l C l a i m s ( l a t e r c a l l e d W or ke r s C om pe ns a t i on J udge s ) i n 1955; t ha t a s s i gnm e nt s e r ve d a s a a ppr e nt i c e s hi p f or g r e a t e r j udi c i a l r e s pons i bi l i t y. I n a l e t t e r t o M a r y J a ne a nd F a m i l y a f t e r P hi l l i p's de a t h on J a nua r y 31 1999 A D a l l a s A l b r i t t on, E s q. w r ot e : H e w a s a w onde r f u l j udge a l w a ys poi s e d, ki nd a nd e xt r e m e l y c a r e f ul T he t hi ng t ha t s t r uc k m e m os t w a s t ha t he w a s a pe r s on of t r ue c om pa s s i on a nd s om e how he unde r s t ood t he ha r ds hi ps of be i ng poor a nd be i ng bl a c k a nd be i ng hur t a nd out of w o r k. **** T e r r e l l S e s s um s a nd I w e r e t a l ki ng a t l unc h t oda y a bout t he m a ny f i ne w or km e n's c om pe ns a t i on j udge s w e ha d e nc ount e r e d. N one w e c onc l ude d, w a s be t t e r t ha n P hi l K now l e s I n 1961 w he n hi s s t a r w a s i n t he a s c e nda nc y, he w a s c hos e n by G ov. F a r r i s B r ya nt f or a ne w l y c r e a t e d H i l l s bor ough C ount y j uve ni l e j ud ge s hi p, w he r e he s e r ve d f or m or e t ha n 20 ye a r s c ont i nuous l y, w i t hout oppos i t i on, a f t e r w i nni ng e l e c t i on i n t he pr i m a r y f ol l ow i ng hi s a ppoi nt m e nt H e r e c e i ve d e ndor s e m e nt of l oc a l ne w s pa pe r s a nd ove r c a m e t w o c ha l l e nge r s w i t h a c l e a r m a j or i t y E xc e pt f o r a s i x m ont h t e m po r a r y a s s i gnm e nt i n G e ne r a l C i vi l he r e m a i ne d i n hi s be l ove d J uve ni l e D i vi s i on unt i l t he e a r l y 1980's w he n he w a s a s s i gne d t o t he ne w F a m i l y L a w D i vi s i on, w he r e he r e m a i ne d f or t he r e m a i nde r of hi s j udi c i a l s e r vi c e H i s r e c or d a s one of t he C o unt y's f i ne s t e ve r j uve ni l e a r bi t e r s i s i m pr e s s i ve J udge K now l e s w a s c ha l l e nge d by l a w ye r J os e ph E pi s c opo, i n hi s f i na l bi d f or r e e l e c t i on i n 1986 t he onl y oppos i t i on he e ve r f a c e d s i nc e he f i r s t s t ood f or e l e c t i on i n 1962. P hi l l i p c a r r i e d t he da y by 45 475 vot e s ( 58. 9 7% ) t o E pi s c opo's 31, 641 ( 41 03% ) J udge K now l e s a dde d a bi t of l e vi t y on t he oc c a s i on of a pr e e l e c t i on i nt e r vi e w by t w o j our na l i s t s m a ki ng up t he e di t or i a l boa r d o f t he T a m pa T r i bune A t one poi nt s o t he s t or y goe s he br oke i n t o a c ho r us of t he s pi r i t ua l N obo dy know s t he t r oubl e I 've s e e n. H e r e c e i ve d t he pa pe r 's e ndor s e m e nt ne ve r t he l e s s D or a L e F l e ur w a s hi s a s s i s t a nt i n t he l a s t t w o ye a r s of hi s t e r m a s D e put y C om m i s s i on e r a nd t he f i r s t t e n ye a r s of hi s J uve ni l e C our t j udge s hi p. S he c a n vouc h t ha t s e r vi ng i n J uve ni l e D i vi s i on c a n be da nge r ous t o t he s om e w ha t de f e ns e l e s s j udge s e a t e d a t a de s k, not upon a n e l e va t e d be nc h a s i n t he c onve nt i ona l c our t r oom H e a r i ng a l oud

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noi s e c om i ng f r om t he he a r i ng r oom i n t he A nne x, D or a e nt e r e d a nd s a w J udge K now l e s s t a ndi ng a t t he w i ndow w i t h a he a vy, B a nk of E ng l a nd t ype c ha i r out of pl a c e on hi s s i de of t he de s k. S he l e a r ne d t ha t a s t r a ppi ng j uve ni l e u pon he a r i ng J udge K now l e s s a y he w a s goi ng ba c k t o t he J uve ni l e D e t e nt i on f a c i l i t y pi c ke d up t he c ha i r a nd t h r e w i t a t t he J udge F or t una t e l y, J udge K now l e s w a s ni m bl e a n d dodge d t o a voi d be i ng hi t A f t e r 1971 unt i l r e t i r e m e nt B e ve r l y G ol de n ( now J udi c i a l A s s t t o J udge C he t T ha r pe ) w a s K now l e s G i r l M onda y t h r ough F r i d a y, a nd, l i ke he r p r e de c e s s or ha s w a r m m e m or i e s of he r a s s oc i a t i on w i t h hi m B e ve r l y s a ys t ha t he w a s i ni t i a l l y c ha gr i ne d w he n s hi f t e d i nt o F a m i l y L a w by t he C hi e f J udge A r de n M e r c kl e M r s G ol de n a nd ot he r s l i ke C ynt h i a C oe n, now f a m i l y l a w m e di a t o r a nd f or m e r l y c hi l d c us t ody i nve s t i ga t or r e m e m be r hi s pe nc ha nt f o r s pont a ne o us l y r e c i t i ng poe m s s ongs a nd hom i l i e s a l l done w i t h s i nc e r e good hum or S t a t e s oc i a l w or ke r s w ho de a l t w i t h hi m a r e i nva r i a bl y out s poke n i n pr a i s i ng J udge K now l e s f or hi s ki ndne s s a nd r e s pe c t f o r t he m a s w e l l a s hi s f a i r ne s s i n pr o t e c t i ng t he c hi l dr e n's i nt e r e s t s O ne of t hos e M a r gi e G r a ha m kne w hi m a s w e l l a s a s t r ong f a m i l y m a n a nd c hur c h l e a de r H e r f i r s t m a t t e r be f or e hi m i n 1964 w a s a m e m or a bl y di f f i c ul t c a s e A young m ot he r of t w o s m a l l c hi l d r e n l i vi ng i n T a m pa H e i ght s ha d a m e nt a l br e a kdow n. K now l e s a ppr ove d pl a c e m e nt o f t he c hi l dr e n i n f os t e r c a r e gi vi ng gr e a t w e i ght t o t he i r r e c om m e n da t i ons A not he r hi gh l e ve l s oc i a l w or ke r J o A nne H a r ve y, s pe a ks of a c a s e s he c a n't f or ge t T he na t u r a l m ot h e r of a 3 ye a r ol d l e f t t he c hi l d w i t h a 70 ye a r ol d w om a n a non r e l a t i ve w ho c a l l e d he r s e l f t he c hi l d's godm ot he r T he m ot he r ha d be e n m i s s i ng f or m ont hs a nd t he r e w e r e no ot he r r e l a t i ve s T h e C our t f ound t ha t t he c hi l d ha d be e n a ba ndone d, a nd he w a s a bl e t o i nduc e t he 70 ye a r ol d t o a gr e e t ha t t he c hi l d be vol unt a r i l y pl a c e d i n f os t e r c a r e P hi l l i p K now l e s w a s a pr oud hus ba nd t o M a r y J a ne a nd a du t i f ul f a t he r t o s on, D a vi d, a nd da ught e r D i a na ( M r s J a c k) T a gl i a r i no a nd o f t e n boa s t e d a bout hi s gr a ndc hi l dr e n, T a r a a nd T a yl or T a gl i a r i no. P r oba bl y P hi l 's m os t e ndur i ng qua l i t y w a s hi s s of t s poke n, c ount r y boy m a nne r H e w a s a f ol kl or i s t w ho l ove d t o di g i n t o hi s ba g of s t or i e s a bout B oni f a y a nd l i f e i n ge ne r a l H i s ne xt door ne i ghbo r a nd f r i e nd s i nc e c ol l e ge r e t i r e d c ont r a c t or F e l t o n P D a vi s J r w ho l i ke d t o c a l l P hi l l i p C ol one l s a ys : I t hi nk t he t hi ngs I m os t r e m e m be r a bout P hi l l i p w e r e hi s poi nt l e s s j oke s H e w oul d s pe nd 5 m i nut e s t e l l i ng a n un f unny j oke i n gr e a t de t a i l A s he f i ni s he d, he 'd bur s t i nt o a bi g l a ugh, a nd you'd s t r uggl e t o m a ke a c huc kl e of c ou r s e P hi l l i p w a s a m os t unus ua l m a n f r om a n a ge m a ny of us w oul d l i ke t o s e e r e t ur n. A t i m e w he n l i f e w a s s i m pl e r w he n f r i e nds w e r e s i nc e r e w he n your w or d w a s bond, w he n f r i e nds hi p w a s w or t h m or e t ha n m one y. L a R oc he f ouc a ul d, t he 17t h c e nt ur y F r e nc h a phor i s t s a i d, O nl y s t r ong na t u r e s c a n r e a l l y be s w e e t one s ; t hos e t ha t s e e m s w e e t a r e i n ge ne r a l onl y w e a k a nd m a y e a s i l y t ur n s our B y t ha t m e a s ur e P hi l l i p K now l e s t r ul y ha d a s t r ong na t ur e P hi l s a ys hi s f r i e nd a nd f or m e r c ol l e a gue i n t he j uve ni l e D i vi s i on H on J a m e s P C a l houn, ne ve r ha d a n unki nd w or d t o s a y a bout a nybody . e ve r W ha t a s w e e t guy. M or i s on B uc k A f t e r w or d: T h i s i s w ha t yout h m us t f i gu r e out ;

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G i r l s l ove a nd l i v i ng. T he ha vi ng, t he not ha vi ng, T he s pe ndi ng a nd gi vi ng A nd t he m e l a nc hol y t i m e of not know i ng T hi s i s w ha t a ge m us t l e a r n a bout ; T he A B C of dyi ng T he goi ng, ye t not goi ng T he l ovi ng a nd l e a vi ng, A nd t he unbe a r a bl e know i ng a nd know i ng. E B W hi t e


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