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Hear Cas Walker Stories

In this compilation, Bo Pierce, Bradley Reeves, Bruce Wheeler, Larry Mathis, Jack Sharp, and Bob Booker recount the famous “buried alive” stunt outside Cas Walker’s grocery store on Chapman Highway.

David West is the longtime owner of Ciderville Music in Powell, Tennessee. For years he performed on the “Farm and Home Hour,” and continues a version of the show at the Ciderville Barn today. His years driving Cas Walker provided him with the best “education” one could ever have.

Victor Ashe served as mayor of Knoxville from 1987 to 2003. While he did not work alongside Cas Walker, his tenure as mayor ushered Knoxville into the post-Walker age.

Rowdy Cope — also known as “Preacher” — worked as a horse trainer for Cas. Rowdy spent much of his life with Walker as a confidant and longtime friend.

Larry Mathis played banjo on Cas’s “Farm and Home Hour.” He accompanied Dolly Parton’s early performances, entertained at the Grand Ole Opry for years, and remains a respected musician today.

James “Jim” Bragg is Cas Walker’s nephew. He has worked as a dentist in East Tennessee and enjoys recalling stories from his childhood about his one-of-a-kind uncle.

For three years, Carl Warner edited Cas Walker’s newspaper the Watchdog. He recalls what it was like to wrangle Cas’s opinions into print without getting sued.

Bradley Reeves created the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound [TAMIS], which operates in the East Tennessee History Center. He continues to gather rare recordings through his new organization, Cinegraphic Archives and Preservation.

Robert “Bob” Luttrell worked as an illustrator for the Knoxville News Sentinel and is a proud World War II veteran. He recalls what it was like to do business with Cas.

One of Bo Pierce’s first professional jobs was with the Knox County Housing Authority. There he met Cas Walker and navigated public housing issues for the county.

As a former secretary at the Tennessee Valley Advertising Agency, Bennie Jean-Wallen was at the center of Cas’s marketing empire for nearly two decades.

Ben H. Walker is a nephew of Cas Walker. He worked at Cas’s grocery stores in his youth and today defends his colorful uncle’s good name.