'Tony the Peanut Man' viewing brings hundreds from across Lowcountry

'Tony the Peanut Man' viewing brings hundreds from across Lowcountry

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - People from all across the Lowcountry paid their respect for Anthony "Tony the Peanut Man" Wright.

A viewing was held Monday evening at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston and his funeral will be held there Wednesday morning at 11.

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

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.

Many people who came to pay their respect said he was a legend for the community.

"Life is challenging and a lot of seriousness with it. To have somebody that can make you laugh and smile and giggle and be cheerful, that's a real blessing and Tony was that," former Charleston mayor Joe Riley said.

Lines were out the door at times as people said goodbye to the local legend, bringing in hundreds of people from all over the area.

"I had to come pay my respect. Tony was an icon in the community. Everybody loved him and all the sporting events and parades the city would have, Tony was there," said Chief Deputy Coyle Kinard with the North Charleston Police Department."I can tell you, you could have one of the worst days in the world, and when he comes up with that smile it changes everything,"

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

"He brought so much joy to the ballpark and to citizens," Riley said. "I can just picture little teeny children giggling and their grandparents laughing, and Tony got everybody with a smile on their face and as a bonus you had a chance to buy peanuts too. But he was a great guy."

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

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