MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Longtime children's television host of WKNO's "Hello Mr. Chuck!" and community education advocate, Charles Scruggs, passed away early Friday morning at age 80.
Known to generations of Memphians simply as Mr. Chuck, Scruggs came to Memphis in 1972 as VP - General Manager of WDIA before joining WKNO, the Memphis PBS station, in 1993. His Emmy award-winning children's show "Hello Mr. Chuck!" began airing in 1995.
He also championed the need for early childhood literacy through programs with Memphis City Schools, the Memphis Public Library, daycares, community centers, and head start programs.
Charles "Mr. Chuck" Scruggs leaves behind his wife, two sons and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are still pending.