Harold Dean Wade, 78, of Tomball, Texas, passed from this life into the next on July 12, 2017, at his home accompanied by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Grobe Wade and his daughters, Lorie Wade Addison and Julie Wade Crum.
Harold was born October 1, 1938, in Booneville, Mississippi to Oren and Hester Mae (Armstrong) Wade. He graduated from Holcut High School in 1957. He completed an associate's degree in Education from North East Mississippi Junior College and finished his Bachelors and Masters in Education from Memphis State University.
While in college and during his early career, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Tennessee Air National Guard. In Memphis, he taught and coached at the Sherwood Middle School.
Harold's life was dedicated to education, and specifically to education from a Christian perspective. He served as a dormitory director for Lubbock Christian University and as an administrator of Lubbock Christian School in Lubbock, Texas. He served as the Superintendent of Dallas Christian School, in Mesquite, Texas, Fort Worth Christian School, in North Richland Hills, TX, and Westbury Christian School, in Houston, Texas.
In other areas of vocation and service, Harold served as a manager for University Inns (a dormitory management group) at Texas Tech University, San Diego State University, and The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He was also a Regional Director of Development for Eastern European Missions and served as a fundraising consultant for Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas.
Harold was one of the founding board members for the YMCA of North Richland Hills, Texas. After retirement, he worked with his wife, Beth, delivering marriage enrichment seminars and encouraging healthy Christian relationships in the Houston metropolitan region. He was a dedicated member of a local church throughout his life and served as a non-paid minister and preacher on numerous occasions. He participated in multiple mission trips domestically and internationally and encouraged his children to always follow the call to service to the Prince of Peace.
He is survived by his wife, Beth G. Wade, his children: Len Wade and wife, Lisa, Lorie Addison and husband, Glenn, Jonathan Wade and wife, Jodie, Jennifer Shewmaker and husband, Stephen, Julie Crum and husband, Andy, and his grandchildren: Nikki Addison Lee and husband, Brian, Austin Addison, Landon Wade and wife, Nicholl, Luke Wade, Logan Wade, Anne Wade, Rylan Shewmaker, Nathan Wade, Catherine Shewmaker, Ian Crum, Annalee Crum, Alexandra Shewmaker, Binyam Crum and Joseph Crum, his great grandchildren: Lainey Lee, Camden Lee, and Kinsey Lee, his siblings: Lyonel Wade and wife, Maxine, Myra Wade Underwood, Vonceil Wade Enlow, Hoyt Wade and wife, Joan, Mackey Wade and wife, Margaret, in-laws: Lottie Wade, Charlene Wade, Judy Johnson, Ginger Herbert, Terri Lowry and husband, Kevin, and a number of dearly loved nieces and nephews and friends and co-workers.
He passed in peace as he lived, surrounded by love.
Special Instructions/Comments: There are plans for Harold's service to be live streamed (Thursday, July 20th at noon) from: woodlandoaks.org. After going to the website, you would search for the link under "Media Center".