Dr. Edward Charles Wade, son of the late Ross Lee Wade and Bessie Ruth Phillips Wade, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
He was 81 years old. He was born in Taylors on July 12, 1932. He served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. He received degrees from North Greenville College, the University of South Carolina and his doctorate in Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
For over 25 years, he taught graduate levels of early childhood education at the University of South Carolina. He served as a youth minister, music director and director of education for numerous churches in Oklahoma, Louisiana and South Carolina. He enjoyed singing and traveling with the Singing Churchmen of S.C. On Saturdays he could be found gardening or sitting at USC sporting events, as he was an avid Gamecocks fan.
Dr. Wade was preceded in death by his faithful wife of 52 years, Elaine Foster Wade. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Elaine Wade; a brother, Harold Eugene Wade; and a sister, Betty Wade Stephens.
He is survived by three sons, Dr. Charles Wade and his wife, Carolyn, of Rock Hill, Mr. Mark Wade and his wife, Julie, of Florence, and Mr. Todd Wade of Lexington; one sister, Margaret Ramsey; one brother, Rick Wade; six grandchildren, Aynsley, Drayton, Adam and his wife, Nikki, Andrew and his wife, Katlin, Kinsley and Conner Wade; and two great-grandchildren, Loralei and Charlee Grace Wade.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Lexington Baptist Church. The Revs. Todd Carnes, Dan Williams and Stuart Thompson officiated. Adam Wade, Conner Wade, David Ramsey, Skip Stephens, Scott Stephens, and Owen Watts served as pallbearers.
A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Rev. Dan Williams officiated.
Memorials may be made to Lexington Baptist Church, Music Ministry, 308 E. Main St., Lexington.
Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington will be handling the arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com