In Loving Memory

William David Wade

August 15, 1943 - April 8, 2021


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 Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL.


  1. Brian Wade

    Blessed to have had David Wade as my dad. He loved and encouraged us at every opportunity, living out 1 Corinthians 13 on a daily basis. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

  2. Donna Barber

    Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. May God give each of you love, comfort and strength always. David loved the Lord and his family.
    Donna Barber

  3. Shirley Pietrucha

    David has left many treasured memories for family and friends; for me it is chocolate chip cookies. When I was 7, Dad would occasionally leave me at Aunt Kate’s for a few hours after school. Patsy and David would make chocolate chip cookies, put Superman on the B&W TV, and make a little girl feel very special. David had a kind heart and God has welcomed him home. Cousin Vonnie. (Shirley Hodge Pietrucha)

  4. Freddie & Barbara Harrell

    It was always a joy to talk with David. His faith was always mentioned, his family next and then his work and plans for the future. He was a man to be admired.

  5. Linda Carter

    David will be missed. He had a great sense of humor. We grew up together and he was a special cousin. Carolyn is like a sister to me. Much love to Carolyn and the entire family. Linda

  6. Martha Worsham

    Prayers of comfort and peace to the family,. We remember David as an outstanding Christian man who was faithful to the Lord.
    (Andy and Martha Worsham)

  7. Ray Whitson

    I was saddened to hear of David’s passing. I pray that the Lord will bring you and your family comfort during this time.


    (Neighbor from Scottish Pike)

  8. Debbie Ehling

    Dearest Carolyn and family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. Praying for Gods comfort and care during this difficult time for all of you.

    Helen West, Debbie & John Ehling

  9. Zach Johnson

    I worked with David on several solid waste and recycling solutions over the past ten years. He was always very friendly and a joy to work with professionally. I am sure he will be greatly missed by his friends and family. I will keep them in my prayers.

  10. Travis Varner

    David was a great man. He always made me and my family feel welcomed in his home. Growing up I watched him and saw how he treated people, how hard he worked, and the love that he had for his family and GOD. I can remember thinking, that’s the kind of man I want to be when I grow up. He will be greatly missed and I will truly miss him saying Go Big Orange any time the Vols are playing.

  11. Patty Tinsley

    Carolyn, Brian, Lisa, and Kevin, we were saddened to hear of David’s passing, but rejoicing that he is now with our Heavenly Father. We love you all and pray for comfort. We will never forget the Godly influence you all have had on so many. We love you, Jay and Patty Tinsley

  12. Tommy "T" Oakley

    It was an honor getting to know Mr. Wade through my late father Tom Oakley, and a pleasure doing business with him with Tom Oakley Maintenance & Repair Services in East Tennessee before and after my father’s passing. Mr. Wade was a mentor and friend to me and always a pleasure to talk to. No matter the situation, he could always put a smile on your face in the cloudiest of days. We at Tom Oakley Maintenance & Repair Services give our condolences to the family and give praise unto God that he is finally home and no longer has to worry about the troubles of this world. I thank God that David was put into my life, because he was a great man of God who put the needs of others before his own, loved his family, and loved people … I feel as if he walked by faith, and cherished those he cared about just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did.

    God Bless


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