William David Wade entered his most glorious heavenly reward on April 8th, 2021 in his newfound home of Daphne, Alabama, surrounded by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Wade, his daughter, Lisa Wade Fenske of West Paducah, Kentucky, and his sons, Brian David Wade of Loxley, Alabama, and Kevin David Wade of Daphne, Alabama.
David was born on August 15, 1943 in Corryton, Tennessee and spent most of his 77 years living in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a member of the Central Church of God and many other community organizations. He was a self-employed salesperson and held the title of Solid Waste & Recycling Equipment Expert. He was a 1961 graduate of South High School and served for eight years in the Tennessee National Guard. University of Tennessee Sports could be considered a hobby, or, more accurately, an obsession. Many memories with his family were made on campus and within Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. (GO BIG ORANGE!)
When he wasn’t committing his time to work, David enjoyed watching westerns, serving, and participating in church activities, bowling, golfing, and giving every ounce of energy and joy within him to his family and close friends. He is preceded in death by his father, William Hoyle Wade, and mother, Lillie Kate Hodge Wade. He is survived by wife, Carolyn, daughter Lisa and her husband Lee Fenske, son Brian and his wife Lori Allred Wade, and son Kevin, grandchildren: Tyler Burke, Morgan Kilpatrick and husband, Evan, Caleb Wade, Bethany Wade, and Jailyn Wade, as well as great grandchildren, Micah Wade Kilpatrick, and Emery Hope Kilpatrick. He is survived also by his sisters, Patsy Presnell and Nancy Cate, and brother, Roy Wade, several nephews and nieces, friends who are like family, Norman and Delma Byrd, and a host of volunteers.
Among his innumerable attributes are that he is a dedicated and affectionate husband, a devoted dad, an involved and caring Papaw, and a great provider for anyone in need whom he encountered. David is faithful to church where he served in many capacities through the years and he trusted the Lord above all else, appreciating the redback hymnal and southern gospel music more than most. Sharing his faith was something he did joyously at every opportunity. This man was generous beyond measure and consistently honored those around him selflessly, always putting others above himself.
A Celebration of David’s life will be held will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at Central Church of God, 4721 Papermill Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time. Expressions of condolence may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL.