Thursday, August 23, 2007

Former KARK'er Found Dead at Home in Memphis

Source WPTY Former ABC24--KARK, Little Rock-- Anchor Wendell Stacy was found dead in his home Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

Officers responded to a call at Stacy's home in the 200 block of North Avalon in Memphis after a friend of Stacy's had gone to the house to check on him. Officers found him dead in the living room.

The cause of death has not been determined at this time.

23 Comments:

At 9:06 PM, August 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when did he work for kark?

 
At 9:26 PM, August 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell worked for KARK in the late '80s and early '90s and was weekend sports anchor during most of that time.

It hurts to hear this news. Wendell was a very talented individual -- great sense of humor -- and fun to be around.

 
At 10:13 PM, August 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i never knew him or saw him, but that is sad. i wonder what happened.

 
At 10:55 PM, August 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was with KARK from early 1984 through late 1986. Wendell was there through most -- if not all -- of my time there, and beyond.

He was funny, hard-working, and talented.

 
At 8:13 AM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seemed like a good guy...

 
At 8:48 AM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell was a highly intelligent guy with a BIG personality. If you ever knew him, you were not going to forget him. A romantic at heart, he took as work as a journalist serviously.
He worked at KARK during the last of its glory days, when the station was #1 across the boards. Starting out as a photographer, he did ultimately become a sports anchor -- writing,editing and reading marathon weekend sportscasts.
In a tribute to Wendell's unique qualities, the people who put WPTY on the air in Memphis plucked him off the weekend sportscasts and started him out as the primary news anchor when the station launched. He settled in as weekend anchor and top reporter at the station, where he ended up breaking a number of legit big stories. Perhaps his biggest professional accomplishment was his persistent coverage on the station's behalf of the Martin Luther King, Jr Assassination Conspiracy Trial held in Memphis in 1999.
Wendell was a charming fellow and for those who were so blessed, a loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Already is.

 
At 8:51 AM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that 8:48 comment. Whoever you are... YOU are a class person !

 
At 9:58 AM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This really is tragic regardless how it happened. Wendell was a good guy.

But please, people who read news on TV are not journalists. Just because they call themselves that doesn't make it so. Websters defines journalism, and by extension journalists, as "the work of gathering news for or producing a newspaper."

TV people are "personalities", and Wendell was definitely one of the good ones. But please, show some respect for the real journalists.

 
At 10:13 AM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:58 -- in some instances, I must agree with you. A news reader isn't always a journalist. In this case, Wendell Stacy was ALWAYS a journalist, whether he was reading a prompter or writing sports stories. This is a legitimate debate -- for another thread. This one is about remembering Wendell.

 
At 12:11 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:13 Thank you for putting my thoughts into words. People let's try and keep this one respectful.

 
At 4:34 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell was only 49 when he died. He had been suffering from chronic back and hip pain that made it virtually impossible for him to work...and essentially precluded him from doing what he loved and was really good at, being a journalist (if anyone doubts his talents, they have obviously never seen the wall in his office adorned with all his awards). Yes, that's right, a journalist and not a talking head. The pain took a toll on him physically and emotionally and damaged his quality of life and sense of worth as a man and contributing memeber of society. I knew him well. He was in my wedding and was at the hospital during the birth of my daughter and for the past 16 years had been a part of my life. I can not begin to describe the numbness and sense of loss I am feeling over his death. It does give me some solace to know that his pain is finally gone. Besides being a fine journalist, he was also an avid amateur explorer, and when feeling up to it, loved to travel and experience new locations through the eyes of the locals. He took a keen and sincere interest in people and they recognized that and were drawn to him as a result. He had a knach for making common folk like me, feel important because he listened to our life stories. Lately, he had been searching for an end to his chronic pain, and he has finally found it.
Wendell, I will miss you and you will always be a part of my and my family's memories.

 
At 5:53 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't help myself, so forgive the diversion, Wendell. Whoever questioned whether television anchors, reporters, producers and photographers are "journalists" hasn't been on the other end of a report aired on television. Real journalism? A television report, positive or negative, big or small, will get your attention and everyone else's in a hurry.

Can you really be serious? In today's world of internet reporting, blogging, podcasts, "citizen" journalism -- you believe the only "journalists" are the one's working at newspapers. This is laughable. Such an understanding is certainly not reflective of the world around us -- not a very "journalistic" observation, would you say.

Hey, about this? If you ever hear sirens go off, don't turn on the radio or television to see what's up. Wait for the next day's paper. Maybe you can drive out to the curb in your Model T to pick it up.

And, why are you reading an TV News blog anyway? To get poop for a newspaper story on the television news you so look down upon?

Back to you Wendell.

 
At 6:00 PM, August 24, 2007, Blogger Gary said...

Wendell and I were roommates for several years back in the late 70's until he left for Little Rock's KARK in around 1983 or so. All of the comments here that you have read are, without a doubt, from those that knew him well as did I.

He was indeed a good man coming from a wonderful family growing up in the rural Southwest Missouri community of Cassville.

I was with him when he aired his first sportscast on the old KPOM Ch. 24 in Fayetteville and will never forget the sheer terror on his face when that camera come on.
I was with him when he had the hip injury that apparently dogged him the rest of his life. We shared a many a laugh and lots of good times in those years.

Although as life often does as we grow older and start families, we lost touch with one another through the years until a mutual friend of ours notified me a few minutes ago.

You will always be remembered for the good man you were Wendell. Here's one for you my friend. To his mom Carolyn, his sister Sheri and his late father Jim...you are in my prayers tonight.

 
At 6:06 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to you, Wendell! He'd really like that. It made me laugh. Thank you!

 
At 7:28 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was better than anyone on the air at that time in Little Rock. He was clearly more intelligent and insightful than the typical local sports anchor; I always wondered why he was the weekend guy.

Oh, and who is the abject moron who decided to try to hijack this obit thread to make a strained and completely irrelevant point about the essense of journalism. Damn fool.

 
At 10:31 PM, August 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"TV people are "personalities", and Wendell was definitely one of the good ones. But please, show some respect for the real journalists."

Could you put any more of a damper on this tragic news. You have no class to make such a statement here at this time

 
At 2:54 PM, August 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband I have lived by Wendell for the past 2 years and had the opportunity to meet one of the nicest, kindest men. He was a wonderful neighbor and we watched out for one another. He left behind two beautiful American Eskimo dogs, which he referred to as his children. We will always remember Wendell with all of his ecentricities and thoughtfulness. Here's to a good neighbor and a great friend. We'll miss you Wendell.

 
At 1:49 PM, August 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very sad to hear.
My heart goes out to his family and friends.

 
At 1:09 PM, August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell Stacy was a prince of a man. Intelligent, gifted and kind. And he was full of heart, despite the great pain that's been stealing his life force for about seven years. Hannah and General are sweet, beautiful dogs that he loved dearly. I weep for my friend, but rejoice in the fact that his considerable suffering has ceased. The last time I saw him, we reminisced over a couple of decades and we enjoyed watching tapes his outstanding coverage of major stories for 24 News-Memphis. He had a passion for life, and my life is enriched because of our friendship. He signed off his voicemail greeting with a sincere, "Peace be with you!"

Peace be with you, Wendell.

 
At 9:39 PM, October 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell was a photographer at KARK when I was the #3 man in the sports department, producing most of Dave Woodman's sportscasts around 1983. When I quit my job, they promoted Wendell to the weekend spot. We was a great guy, quite a character. I just happened to goodle his name and read of his death.

I am so sorry I missed the funeral as I live just to the East in Branson. Wendell had a lot of friends. he was generous and several Fayetteville musicians used to crash on his couch.

I am sorry to hear of the news.

 
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At 4:09 PM, January 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendell was assasinated for his "interest" in the MLK killing, the truth will set you free, sometimes from your own body. MLK was getting into dissent of the Vietnam war and being an advocate for the poor, no longer just a civil rights leader, he was ruffling the wrong feathers and was took out. Between JFK & RFK, MLK was the meat in that assasination sandwich, Wendell had all the evidence on videotape & waz a wart that needed removing, simple as that, God rest his soul.

 

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