WADE, PAUL - of Decatur, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, surrounded by his children, only a few feet away from where he was born 83 years ago. A native and resident of Decatur most of his life, he was the son of the late Fred Silas and Maggie Lee Wattenbarger Wade and attended Tranquility Methodist Church. He was the great-great grandson of James Wade, Michael Wattenbarger, Jonathon Thomas, John Hart, George P. Owen, Samuel McKeehan and Moses Snyder, all settlers of northwest McMinn County. He was a former member of the Future Farmers of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Instrument Society of America, the National Management Association and the Electric Power Research Institute. He was a career employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority, having worked at Watts Bar, Widows Creek, Johnsonville, Shawnee and Bull Run Fossil plants. In 1984 he left the position of plant superintendent at Bull Run Steam Plant near Oak Ridge to become manager of TVA's Fossil Operations in Chattanooga. He retired in 1988 as director of the Division of Fossil and Hydro Power with responsibility for Fossil Operations, Hydro Operations, Maintenance and Engineering and Fossil Fuels Planning. Although a mechanical engineer by profession, he was a mechanic by nature in the true Wade tradition. His way of life reflected his belief that an imperfect world with freedom to choose is preferable to a perfect world without choice. Survivors:wife of 62 years, Bettye Jean Williams Wade Athens, Tennessee; one son, A.D. Wade and girlfriend Betty Jo Whitehead, Decatur, Tennessee; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mike Brooks, Knoxville, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Kari Nicole Brooks and her boyfriend Greg Culin, Knoxville, Tennessee. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Thomas Family Cemetery in the Rogers Creek community with the Rev. Bruce Vincent officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home before the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Tranquiltiy Methodist Church, c/o Mary Ratledge, 433 County Road 218, Athens, TN 37303-7855 or through the office of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home. The family would like to express a special thanks to Caris Healthcare for their sympathetic support and guidance. Condolences can be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com
. Laycock-Hobbs will be in charge of the arrangements.
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Published by Knoxville News Sentinel on Mar. 28, 2014.