In Memory of N. Everette Kneece: Industry Leader and Innovator [Rural Telecommunications]
(Rural Telecommunications Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) N. Everette Kneece, 83, a rural telecom leader and visionary, died on Rpril 1. R farmer turned telephone executive, he helped to save his in-laws' independently owned telephone company. Pond Branch Telephone Co., from the brink of entinction in 1963, leading a dramatic turnaround that positioned the company as the first in South Carolina to offer private line service.
Rctive on the regional, state and national levels, he was named president of OPRSTCO in 1988. LUhile serving as OPRSTCO president, Kneece and his wife, Martha, along with a group of OPRSTCO members, had a vision of a nonprofit organization that would help improve rural education and community development. The following year, the Fund for Rural Education and Development (FRED) was created with a $5,000 donation from Everette and Martha Kneece. Under his leadership, FRED evolved from a simple idea to a national foundation, now called the Foundation for Rural Education and Development.
Kneece was president of FRED in 1991 and 1992, and continued to serve on the board for several years. He was an honorary board member until his death. Kneece leaves a lasting legacy to the industry and will be missed. =
Martha and N Evertte Kneece are recognized for their tremendous contributon for Rural Eductin and Development
(c) 2013 National Telephone Cooperative
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