Our Beloved Mark Walden Nicknamed "Mayor of Beale" Street

Our Beloved Mark Walden Nicknamed "Mayor of Beale" Street

Mark Walden: husband, father, meteorologist, and what many of you may not know he was nicknamed the "Mayor of Beale" Street.
MEMPHIS, TN— Mark Walden: husband, father, meteorologist, and what many of you may not know he was nicknamed the "Mayor of Beale" Street.

"I always thought I was,” laughed a Beale Street Musician Jeffrey “Motown” Howard. “Mark was always the laid back guy. He always had a good word. You don't meet many people like that."

People also referred to Mark as the "King of Beale."

"I'm the only Beale Street King of Memphis! But he was a good guy. I see him all the time,” said a Beale Street restaurant worker James Harvey.

Mark earned those titles because living downtown he spent a lot of time in the historic district. He was a regular at Miss Polly's. He always ordered his favorite dish: chicken and waffles.

"He really came at night because when I came to work he was sleeping because he worked so late,” said Miss Polly’s Manager Lisa Smith. “He had a very shining personality. When you walked in a room everything just got lighter."

It's true. He always brightened my day when we chatted in the makeup room every day before each newscast.

"He always had a great personality and he told me what I needed to know when I needed to know. I didn't have to wait all night to figure it out,” said Smith.

Many viewers say they loved Mark because of his big heart and he was one of a kind.

"I spent a lot of time with him at St. Patrick's Church. He gave much time as he could to help people out,” said Howard. “He was always supportive of people and always had a ear to listen, that was Mark."

Everyone had so many nice things to say about my coworker, my friend I couldn't hold back my tears. But it's good to have viewers, like Lisa Smith, to give comfort and to make you smile just like Mark did. We'll always have our memories of the "Mayor of Beale" and his legacy lives on in his family, friends, coworkers, and of course his many viewers.

"My condolences to Mark's family and the whole staff I know you all miss him, we miss him very much too,” said Howard.

Personally, Mark was always humble, goofy, and boy did he love candy. His family is still working on funeral arrangements so we'll keep you posted.
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