'Tony the Peanut Man' to be laid to rest

'Tony the Peanut Man' to be laid to rest

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry legend will be laid to rest this week.

A viewing will be held for Anthony "Tony the Peanut Man" Wright on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Royal Missionary Baptist Church.

Leaders at the church say his funeral will be held there Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Wright had his own line of peanut products since 1998 and with his signature song and dance, bow-tie and basket in hand, became a Lowcountry icon, endearing himself to fans and loyal customers at Joe Riley Park during RiverDogs games.

Wright died of natural causes at 63 years old last week, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

In May 2014, fans at Joe Riley Park received their own Tony the Peanut Man bobble-heads.

He was also a fixture at local high school and college sporting events and in the old market.

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