Walter Knox

October 18, 1946 - September 7, 2020
Walter Knox

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 11, 2020
    Craig Woolard says:
    Walter, always larger than life, is now appearing in a new venue, no doubt offering advice and commentary. I already miss knowing that he is still here.

  • September 11, 2020
    Bob Wolfe says:
    I am so sorry to learn of this. Walter was a close friend in my younger years and we remained in touch afterwards. We shared history in broadcasting and other things including beach music. Connie, my and Marti's prayers are with you now and with Walter forever.

  • September 10, 2020
    Lynn Miller Guthrie says:
    Ward was always proud of Walter, and we both loved being around him. He went through life laughing and making others laugh. Once when we were hosting a Knox family reunion, it “fell a flood” and the wind blew our American flag down onto the porch. Walter quickly picked it up, saying we didn’t need any trouble with the Flag Commission! We loved him so much.

  • September 10, 2020
    Jackie Brown Brewer says:
    Walter was my first radio boss. He took a chance on a green 18-year old whose copywriting experience was limited to writing for the “family” radio station, and hired me at WKIX in 1972. It was the greatest job ever! I learned so much from Walter, and he instilled in me a love and appreciation for broadcasting that has lasted for over 40 years. He was an amazing teacher and an incredible talent! I will miss him so much. Connie and Katie, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • September 10, 2020
    Lynda Page says:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Katy.