"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12. On May 7, 2013, Reverend Larry Delano Wade Sr., pastor and teacher at Zion Hill First Baptist Church, went home to be with the Lord. Rev. Larry D. Wade Sr. was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Floyd and Effie Grimes Wade. Larry Wade graduated from E.J. Campbell High School in 1952 and went on to attend college at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. While in college, he enlisted in the United States Army
. After serving in the Army, he returned to Texas Southern. While attending Texas Southern University's School of Pharmacy, he met fellow pharmacy student, Betty Speed. They were married in 1956. Larry Wade graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy in 1959. After passing the State Pharmacy Exam, he became a registered pharmacist. The two pharmacists moved to Nacogdoches where they opened a drugstore on Shawnee Street. In 1957, their first child, Larry Wade Jr. was born. Two years later, in 1959, a second son, Eric Vincent, was born. After years of success in Nacogdoches, the young family moved to St. Louis, Mo. In 1963, while they were in St. Louis, a third child, Anedra Elizabeth, was born. The Rev. and Mrs. Wade continued their work in the pharmaceutical industry. Rev. Wade opened and maintained several drugstores in St. Louis. They worked tirelessly. In 1971, pharmacist, business owner, husband and father answered a call to the ministry. He attended Missouri Baptist Seminary and became an ordained minister in 1971. He preached his first sermon, "A Signed Blank Check" at Mt. Gideon Baptist Church in St. Louis where the Rev. Tommy Ringo was pastor. In 1972, the Wade family moved back to Nacogdoches. Upon their return to Nacogdoches, Larry and Betty Wade were employed as pharmacists at Eckerd Drugs. While his wife continued working at Eckerd's, Rev. Wade started a pharmacy in the office of Dr. Cedric Allen in Lufkin, Texas. In 1975, Rev. Wade was called to pastor the West Union Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas. He served as Pastor there until 1979, when he was called to pastor the Zion Hill First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. In addition to being a licensed pharmacist, he served as the executive director of Community Action of Nacogdoches. While serving as pastor, he worked tirelessly on the local, state and national level of the organized Christian work. He was the moderator of the East Texas #2 District Association. He served as a delegate, a worker, an instructor, vice president and eventually president of the Texas State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. While at Zion Hill, Rev. Wade continued the long-standing relationship with Austin Heights Baptist Church Family and Pastor Kyle Childress. He held the offices of pastor of Zion Hill First Baptist Church, moderator of the East Texas #2 District Association and president of the Texas State Missionary Baptist Convention, Incorporated until his death. He will long be remembered for his service to his family, his community and his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Verdi Mae Kennedy and Margie White; brothers, O.D. and Travis Wade; and son, Dr. Eric Vincent Wade. He leaves to mourn his wife of 57 years, Mrs. Betty J. Speed Wade; son, Rev. Larry D. Wade Jr. and wife, Darlene; daughter, Anedra Wade Perkins and husband, Hugh; sister, Mrs. Mildred Townsend; grandchildren, Larry D. Wade III, Erica Wade Sullivan and husband, Stephen, Eric Vincent Wade II and wife, Katherine, Joseph Alan Perkins, Benjamin Wade Perkins, Christopher Austin Wade, Ethan Gordon Perkins, Brittany Nichelle Wade and Sydney Madison Wade; great-granddaughter, Trinity Gabrielle McCarroll; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The homegoing celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Zion Hill First Baptist Church, located at 1122 NE Stallings Drive. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Sadler Funeral Service.