WILMINGTON — Henry Walter Knox, 73, died Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Wilmington, from congestive heart failure.
Walter was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Tarboro, the son of late John Arthur Knox and Edna Geneva Walls. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Elizabeth Knox Denton, Ellen Knox Tew and 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 also survived by his younger sister, Sara Knox Unrein, and her husband, Steve; nephews, Patrick Knox Unrein and Michael Allen Tew; nieces, Sara Elizabeth Burner and Ann Lawrence Jones; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Walter began his radio career on-air as a D.J. at WCPS in Tarboro at the age of 13. He graduated from Tarboro High School in June of 1965. From there, his career took him to Wilmington and WGNI A.M., briefly back to Tarboro, and off to WKGN in Knoxville, Tennessee, before he found his place among the “KIX Men of Music” at WKIX in Raleigh. He started as the mid-morning D.J. from 9 a.m. 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, Charlotte. 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, Charlotte.
After meeting his wife, Connie, they moved The Video Production Company to Hawaii for three years, and then to Los Angeles, California.
In 1993, Walter, Connie and daughter Katie moved to Wilmington. 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-19, no services will be planned at this time.
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