Anthony Louis Knox, Sr. was born April 1, 1953 in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Hospital. He is the son of King David Knox, Sr. and Thelma Olds Knox. His parents were natives of Campbellton, FL in Jackson County. Both parents are now deceased. Tony, as he prefers to be called, has four siblings all of Tallahassee, FL. Tony was educated in the public school system of Leon County. He attended Riley Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Godby High School. After graduation, Tony enlisted in the U. S. Army and served four years during the Vietnam era. He studied accounting at FAMU after he was honorably discharged. In 1981, Tony married Vivian Williams and they have eight children and fourteen grandchildren.