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Richard Nelms Cade

Richard Nelms Cade died peacefully last Friday morning, January 25th, 2013, at his home, just three and a half weeks short of his eighty-first birthday. Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 2, 2013, Klein Funeral Home, 16131 Champion Forest, with Rev. J.D. Baugus officiating. In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to Silverado, or other Hospice, or to a charity supporting Alzheimer's and/or Parkinson's, of one's choice, honoring his memory is suggested. Born in Caldwell, Texas on February 19, 1932, Richard was the son of Charles Edward and Connie Stone Cade. For fifty-six years, his father was the owner of Cade Motor Company and was the oldest living Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealer at the time of his death. His grandfather, Cortis Nelms, was the President of Caldwell National Bank and a long-time deacon of the First Baptist Church of Caldwell. Richard moved with his family to Bryan, Texas when he was five years old. He was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, and graduated from Texas A&M University. After completing college, he entered the armed forces and served in the European Theatre during World War II. He was stationed in Great Britain. After the war, Richard returned to Bryan and worked for his father in his Ford dealerships. During that time, he attended various dealership schools in the United States. Richard later moved to Houston, where he earned several advanced degrees becoming a psychotherapist, specializing in marriage and family counseling, and chemical dependency counseling. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Edward Cade, Sr.; brothers, John Gordon Cade, Charles Edward Cade, Jr, William P. Cade; and his son, John Henderson Cade; and his brother-in-law, Senator Peyton McKnight. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Cade, of 37 years; daughters Lisa Wheelwright and her husband, Rodney, all of Spring, Babette Cade of Richmond, VA, and Sunny Cade of New York, his sister, Ann Cade McKnight of Tyler, and his 9 year old grandchild, Maya, all of whom he so dearly loved. In addition, he is survived by his nieces, Jane McKnight Fender and her husband, David of Tyler, and Molly McKnight of Austin, and his great nieces and nephews, Mathis McKnight Fender and Abigail Anne Fender, Peyton McKnight, and Ann Bratton Snyder; and his great great niece and nephews, Ainslie Ann McKnight, Jack Peyton Snyder and Cade Snyder. The family wishes to thank Dr. Stuart Zykorie, the caregivers and staff of Silverado At Home, and all of Richard's Silverado Hospice nurses and caregivers and their administrators for the wonderful care he received from them. Their professionalism and kind treatment of Richard has been truly appreciated by his family. Richard will long be remembered for his caring, compassionate, kind and gentle spirit. He was a good Christian man; a loving son, brother, husband and father.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2013
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