Our Great City
Meet the Stacy Family
The Stacy Family is a name that is very familiar to most residents of Northeast Tarrant County. Rick Stacy is the fifth generation of his family to call this area home. Many generations earlier, his family actually walked here from Tennessee as is recorded on the Pioneer Statue in the Log Cabin Park on Main Street. Mr. and Mrs. Stacy, Rick’s parents were actually married over 60 years ago on the porch of Rick’s Grandparents’ small home which stood where Rick and Diane have raised their family here in Southlake. Diane is also from this area growing up on a family farm, which is now part of DFW Airport. The traditions, family values, and roots set forth in the Stacy family are truly generational and continue today in Rick and Diane Stacy, their children and their grandchildren.
Rick and Diane moved here in 1979 from neighboring Grapevine. The Stacy’s have seen tremendous growth in Southlake over the past 30 years as residents. In 1979, the population was roughly 2,200 residents; Carroll High was located in the present Carroll Middle School and a 1A school. Today, the population is in excess of 25,000 and Carroll High School is a 5A school! Southlake has grown to be a model community where people can live, work, worship, shop, and play thanks in part to Rick’s vision and leadership. The Stacy family is proud to now have members of their seventh generation calling Southlake home.
High school sweethearts, Rick and Diane are both graduates of Grapevine High School and recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary! Their dedication and commitment to each other, family, friends and community continues to be a core value for this couple. Over the years Rick and Diane have been actively involved in supporting various charities, Church, school, community functions and fundraisers for Southlake and our neighboring communities. They feel truly blessed by their family and are very thankful for their nine grandchildren!
The commitment to family and community continues with the Stacy children Dorian Stacy Sims, Elizabeth Stacy Smith, Ashley Stacy Rodriquez and Jay Stacy. All are graduates of Carroll High School. To give insight into the changes the family has witnessed in Southlake, Dorian’s graduating class was the first to graduate more than 100 students in the history of Carroll. The graduation celebration for the class was held on the farm we now frequent as Southlake Town Square. By the time Jay graduated, his class had grown to nearly 300 students. Next year, their eldest grandson Garrett will graduate from Carroll with more than 650 students.
Dorian Stacy Sims, the oldest of the Stacy children, married her high school sweetheart from neighboring Grapevine, Bill Sims. The Sims family has called Southlake home and raised their family here since 1995. Dorian and Bill have played active rolls in the family business at Stacy Furniture and currently serve as President and Merchandise Manager. They have three boys that attend Carroll ISD. Garrett is a Junior at Carroll Senior High and plays both Dragon Football and Dragon Lacrosse. Ragan is in eighth grade at Carroll Middle School and also plays Football and Lacrosse. Tucker is in fourth grade at Johnson Elementary and plays Lacrosse. It is a juggling act for this couple to get three very active boys where they need to be and run the furniture store at the same time! Go Dragons!
The second of Rick and Diane’s children, Elizabeth Stacy Smith is married to Scott Smith of Grapevine. The Smith family also lives in Southlake. They are extremely active with the Southlake Baseball Association as Scott is both a Board Member and coach for the boys’ teams. Their eldest son, Parker is in sixth grade at Durham Intermediate and enjoys Baseball, Basketball and learning his trombone. Payton is in first grade at Johnson Elementary and loves to play Baseball too! Packard is four years old and sweet daughter, Paisley is one. Elizabeth works with her father as his Executive Assistant at Stacy Furniture and Scott is a Doctor of Cardiovascular Research at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
Although Southlake will always be home, Ashley Stacy Rodriquez graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and is raising a family there today. Earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Ashley worked as a reporter and anchor for KCBD the NBC affiliate in Lubbock for eight years. Married to Robert Rodriquez and having two beautiful little girls, Ashley is following her Mom and staying home with their children. Amelia Diane “Mia” is three and Merrillee Alyse is two. While Ashley isn’t working for the news any longer, she’s managed to stay very active by her work with local charitable groups including the Junior League of Lubbock. Both Ashley and Robert are on the board for The American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball for the fifth year. Robert leads a very successful career in management at Alderson Automotive Group in Lubbock.
The youngest of the Stacy family and only boy, Jay grew up the tough guy raised with three older sisters. Jay married his Carroll High School sweetheart, Erin Williams Stacy in 2004. Both graduates from Tarleton State University currently reside in Southlake. Jay is attending Chiropractic school and Erin is a Licensed Massage Therapist with Dr. Whitehead in Southlake. Their babies include three sweet puppies, two English Bulldogs and one Terrier.
Rick, Diane, and their family have dedicated their lives to family and community – our community. In 1984 Rick began his public service on the Planning and Zoning Commission serving there until 1986, at which time he was elected to the City Council. From City Council he served seven years as Mayor of Southlake. During his tenure, Southlake began to implement unique and innovative business models to resolve issues and prepare for the future. Southlake Town Square, the partnership with retail, government and county offices within Town Hall, the allocation of our water supply from Fort Worth, the first sewer agreement, the dedication and acquisition of over 600 acres of park, the expansion and development of Highway 114 and FM 1709, the securing of large commercial businesses like Sabre to Southlake increasing our tax base by $120 million dollars, and negotiating better bond ratings for the city – just to name a few accomplishments. Over the years and presently, Diane takes great pride in being a behind the scene director. For most of her adult life, her major concern has been to raise four children with the strength and moral character that is necessary to thrive and contribute to our society today. From time to time she has been called upon to step into a role at the family business whether it be referee to the masses of family members who work together or to take on a specific task. Diane is passionate about two things, her family and travel. She takes every opportunity to travel. As an amateur travel guide, she managed to successfully take 34 family members to Alaska and 16 members on what they affectionately call "The Geriatric European Tour" including parents, siblings and spouses of both Rick and Diane. In her own words, " It's my job to be sure Rick and my kids, can do all that they are capable of and need to do."
The Stacy’s support and love of Southlake continues to grow and is evident in raising their family and grandchildren here. They take active roles in community service and public office even after term limits came into play, and their unwavering support of our schools and city will continue with the future generations. Rick continues to donate his time as Southlake’s favorite auctioneer and sometimes emcee at many charity and community events. They have dedicated many years to raising funds for others such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Charity League, SMA Research, Community Storehouse, Carroll Education Foundation, Carroll Independent School district, Southlake Sister Cities, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, Greater Tarrant County YMCA and many other community organizations.
We are proud of Southlake and it’s residents, like the Stacy family, who share a strong commitment to this community. If you happen to see any member of the Stacy family out and about or at one of our many community events, be sure to say hello and you will be greeted with a huge smile followed by the Stacy warmth and friendship.