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.

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  • September 10, 2020
    Allen Warren says:
    Walter was a couple of years behind me in High School and we were I believe second or third cousins, so I didn't spend that much time with him. I did, however, in recent years reconnect with him on Face Book and had some interesting discussions. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the his family. May he rest in peace.

  • September 10, 2020
    Bettye Hankins says:
    Connie and Katie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Walter will be missed. We communicated sporatically, but it was always a pleasure to see an email from Walter Knox! I knew I would be in for a smile, a joke, or some story, or maybe just a Hey how are you? He often said he missed being on the mountain but didn't miss the B.S. up here! You were blessed with a wonderful husband and father. He is certainly at peace now. Love and hugs to you both.

  • September 10, 2020
    William (Lad) Carrington says:
    Walter and I met when he joined the KIX Men of Music in 1967. We worked together as a radio family at the station, because we were all more than fellow employees. Later we all reunited in 1992 with the first Raleigh Radio Legends Reunion, hosted by WTRG Radio in Raleigh. Following that one, there were a number of additional reunions with Walter taking the helm as our coordinstor and the catalyst uniting us all in a unique brotherhood and sisterhood. After the 92 reunion we all came to know Walter and love him, far closer and deeper than when we merely worked together. He selflessly gave of himself and gave the rest of us a firmly set center post to hold on to. We have lost much more than a friend. We've lost an anchoring rock in our lives.

  • September 09, 2020
    Eddie and Frances Knox says:
    Walter was one of the best in the business. Always prepared and always a friend. RIP Walter.

  • September 10, 2020
    Mike Dohn says:
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