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Originally published: 2013-06-03 16:28:34
Last modified: 2013-06-03 16:29:19

Henry R. 'Hank' Knoll

Henry R. "Hank" Knoll, 81, of 793 Main Street, Blowing Rock, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Hank was born January 6, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late Henry Richard Knoll, Sr. and Marie DeYoung Knoll. He left Chicago and bought the Azalea Garden Inn, in Blowing Rock, in 1976. This began his and Jimmie's journey into creating the beautiful grounds and inn for all to enjoy. Hank also served with the United States Coast Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Franklin Knoll of the home; three children, daughter, Susan Gill and husband, Jim, of Lenoir, daughter, Judy Eckard and husband, Tony, of Hickory, a son, Henry Knoll and wife, Lisa, of Boone; grandson, Timothy Gill and wife, Sheri, of Munster, Ind., grandson, Josh Eckard of Hickory, granddaughter, Jennifer Bevil and husband, David, of Munster, Ind., grandson, Alden Wetherell of Boone; five great-grandchildren, Ethan Gill, Madison Bevil, Danny Bevil, Michael Swift and Evan Gill, all of Munster, Ind.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel F. Knoll, and one brother, Richard Knoll.

Funeral services for Mr. Henry "Hank" Knoll will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Officiating will be Dr. Marshall Edwards and the Rev. Rhonda Gailes. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will receive friends 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hampton Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Knoll family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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