John Wade

March 26, 1937 - Oct. 25, 2009

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Former Walla Walla resident, John Lee Wade, 72, of Northport, Ala., died Oct. 25, 2009, at the West Alabama Hospice in Tuscaloosa.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the chapel at First Baptist Church, 721 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa. Burial will be 3 p.m. at Oakwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, 2100 Moncrief Road, Gardendale, Ala. Dr. Gil McKee and Dr. Hayse Boyd will officiate. Arrangements were through Sunset Funeral Home, 3802 Watermelon Road, Northport, Ala.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Mr. Wade was born March 26, 1937, in Alabama to Dewey and Doris Wade. The family moved to Walla Walla.

He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1955 and enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly thereafter. He married Ruby Carolyn Jones in Birmingham, Ala. on March 14, 1959.

He graduated from Colorado State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

He served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970 at Tuy Hoa Air Base. While in the military he received various awards and honors including the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He received his Master of Science degree in education from Troy State University in 1971 and then completed his 24-year career with the Air Force.

He became a financial planner and retired after a 30-year career with Mass Mutual Financial Group. He was an avid racquetball player and competed in and won several state and regional tournaments over the years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Ruby C. Wade; two sons Ron Wade of Las Gatos, Calif. and Kevin Wade of Vestavia Hills, Ala.; a daughter, Pamela Smith of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Lou Hoskins of Milton-Freewater; and five grandchildren.

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