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Dr. Howard P. Wade
February 11, 1926 ~ November 2, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Dr. Howard P. Wade, age 97, a long- time resident of Maybeury, West Virginia, peacefully departed this life on Thursday, November 2, 2023, in the comforts of his home. Dr. Wade was born on the 11th day of February 1926, into the very loving parentage of William Thomas and Nellie Gray (Ray) Wade, who resided in Eckman, West Virginia, at the time of his birth. After graduating from Kimball High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was Honorably Discharged from Montford Point at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Dr. Wade continued his education at Bluefield State College and in 2015, he became a full tenured Professor. He was a graduate of Montclair State and Seton Hall University, both in New Jersey, and earned his Doctorate from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Also, he had held teaching positions at both Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, and Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida. Dr. Wade had achieved and accomplished much in this life and excelled in his chosen profession. However, his first love was serving God and becoming an ordained, active Deacon at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Maybeury for a great number of years. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion, Alpha Upsilon Boule' Sigma Pi Fi Fraternity, an Honorary Alumni of Bluefield State College, and dear to his heart was the Study of African American Life and History. He dearly loved and was devoted to his family and was known as a "people person." He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching sports and listening to music. Dr. Wade was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nellie; his wife, Mary Williams Wade, and three of his children: Howard M. Wade, John Wade and Antonetta Thomas; his siblings: Annie G. Rucker, Betty J. Vernon, Galvester Wade, and William "Buck" Wade. He was the last surviving member of his original family. He leaves a lifetime of treasured, cherished memories to his son and caregiver, Leon P. Wade of Maybeury, and daughters, Harnella (Richard) Walton of Richmond, Virginia and Michelle Wade of Miami Gardens, Florida; six grandchildren: Renae (Michael) Bonds-Bryant, Vera Bailey-Morris, Crystal (Norman) Stevens, Andrew Wade Gonyon, Tykeya Wade and Larry Nervell; several great-grandchildren and a host of other dear relatives; his Church family and the many, many lives he touched. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, 6605 New Hope Road in Bluewell, West Virginia, with his granddaughter, Minister Doctor Renae Bonds-Bryant eulogist. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, with Burial Rites being conducted by the Mercer County Honor Guard. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM at the Mausoleum Chapel. Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch, West Virginia.