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 10, 2020
    Barbara Boney Campbell lit a candle:
    Lit since September 10, 2020 at 9:19:02 AM

  • September 10, 2020
    Nicole P says:
    The one time I met Walter he was delightful. I feel like I knew him better because I heard so many stories from Michael. He was a better father to Michael than his “real” father ever was.

  • September 10, 2020
    Brant Hart says:
    So sorry to hear about Walter's death. I listened to him on KIX during my college years at UNC (1969-73). I enjoyed watching him as Old Coot Jackson on "Cowboy Classics" on WCCB. Walter did a great job on the commercials for Carolina Waterbed and Stratford House Furniture. I appreciate his work on the KIX Rewound website. I'll miss his contributions to the NC Broadcasting History page on Facebook. My deepest sympathy goes out to Walter's family.

  • September 10, 2020
    Bob Townsend says:
    Connie, I don’t think I ever had the pleasure of meeting Walter but had many enjoyable conversations with him, especially about how great radio used to be in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a tremendous broadcaster and a great resource for those associated with the broadcasting industry. We are very sorry for your loss but he is at peace. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  • September 09, 2020
    Nancy Severance Haynes says:
    Walter and I both worked on-air in eastern North Carolina in the 1960’s — Walter in Tarboro and me in Rocky Mount. A fond memory is the time when we had lunch with Soupy Sales during a movie promotional tour. Walter and I communicated a lot during the last several months, via Facebook. I will miss him.