Walter Knox

October 18, 1946 - September 7, 2020
Walter Knox

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HENRY WALTER KNOX, age 73, died Monday evening September 7, 2020, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, North Carolina from congestive heart failure.

Walter was born on 18 October 1946 in Tarboro, NC, the son of late John Arthur Knox and Edna Geneva Walls. He is also preceded in death by sisters Mary Elizabeth Knox Denton, Ellen Knox Tew, Linda Knox Tufts, and stepfather George Allen Anderson.

He leaves behind his wife of over 30 years Constance Henley Knox and daughter Katherine Elizabeth Knox. He is survived by his younger sister Sara Knox Unrein and husband Steve, nephews Patrick Knox Unrein and Michael Allen Tew, nieces Sara Elizabeth Burner and Ann Lawrence Jones, several grand nieces, and nephews.

Walter began his radio career on-air as a DJ at WCPS in Tarboro at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Tarboro High School in June of 1965. From there, his career took him to Wilmington, NC and WGNI AM, briefly back to Tarboro, and off to WKGN in Knoxville, TN, before he found his place among the “KIX Men of Music” at WKIX in Raleigh, NC. He started as the mid-morning DJ from 9 AM to noon, entertaining listeners for seven years under the radio name “Jack Kane”.

After his time at WKIX he became a promotions director for The Record Bar before setting out to open his own business, The Video Production Company of America, in Charlotte, NC. In 1979, Walter became the on-air host of “Cowboy Classics,” playing a character known as “Coot Jackson” on a Saturday morning television show on WCCB-TV, in Charlotte.
After meeting his wife Connie, they moved The Video Production Company to Hawaii for three years, then to Los Angeles, California.

In 1993 Walter, Connie and daughter Katie moved to Wilmington, NC. It was in Wilmington where they started a television station WSSN-TV with a partner that would later become WILM-TV. Shortly after, Walter retired from the video and broadcasting business, enjoying his retirement in Wilmington.

Walter was known within the radio and television broadcasting industry that he loved as an innovative and award-winning talent, both on-air and behind the scenes. He loved beach music, The Beatles and bad jokes. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Due to COVID no services will be planned at this time.

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  • September 10, 2020
    Mike Dohn says:
    Don’t forget his days on Big Ways in Charlotte

  • November 13, 2021
    Todd Panel says:
    I used to wartch “Old Coot Jackson” Saturdays on WCCB in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. I always wondered what happened to the character. I also saw him host the same type of show on channel 48 in Greensboro. Sorry to hear he passed away.

  • September 16, 2020
    Jackie Jackson says:
    RIP DJ of “The Knox Box” on WCPS and friend a year ahead of me in Tarboro. You always had a quip for a giggle when ever I saw you during high school and I was a regular listener to Jack Kane on WKIX! Thanks for all you did!

  • September 16, 2020
    Connie Rawls Hunt says:
    Sara I am so sorry to learn of Walter’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • September 13, 2020
    Kathryn Satterthwaite Dowling says:
    Connie and Katie, Though we have never met, my sincere condolences go to you. Walter was so proud of both of you. We were in grades 1-12 together, so I have a lot of memories. It was a highlight to re-connect on Facebook . That's where I saw the love for the two of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.