Mr. Wade was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Kelsey to Jasper Clifford Wade and Lola Ault Wade. He was an educator for 35 years, teaching in Alice, Taft, Tuleta and Pettus. He was the elementary principal for Pettus for 25 years, retiring in 1984. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and also an ordinance worker in the Dallas Texas LDS Temple for many years. He enjoyed being a weather watcher for 24 years for KLTV in Tyler and KTAL in Shreveport, La.
He graduated from Gilmer High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Yosemite. He graduated in 1949 from East Texas State College in Commerce and later received his master’s degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He married Shirley Price on June 16, 1951, in Alice.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Wade.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Shirley Wade of Bryan; two daughters, Cynthia Wade of Grand Prairie and Melissa (Richard) Davis of Plano; a son, Calvin S. (Patti) Wade of Bryan; brother, John (Jane) Wade of Kelsey; grandchildren, Rebekah and Grant Elam, Rachel and William Demeritt, Calvin Paul “CP” and Brittney Wade, and Seth Davis; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Paul “CP” Wade, Steve Wade, Alan Wade, Chad Wade, Dennis Payne and Jeremy Payne.
Visitation was held Monday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trevino-Smith Funeral Home in Bryan and Thursday, March 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Relief Society Room of the Gilmer LDS Church on Pine Street, with the funeral service immediately following in the Gilmer LDS Church. Burial was in the Kelsey Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th, Bryan, Texas 77803.
Arrangements were under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.