James T. Wade, a lifelong resident of Brazos County passed away early Friday morning, February 9th. Mr. Wade, a member of the Greatest Generation, honorably served his country as a soldier in the US Army fighting in Europe during World War II. He was born on the family farm on Dowling Road near College Station on November 16, 1923. His father died when he was three years old and consequently he soon became the “man of the house” helping his mother run a dairy farm. Mr. Wade attended A&M Consolidated when it was located on the campus of Texas A&M. He played football and excelled academically, graduating from high school in 1942. Mr. Wade then enrolled at Texas A&M attending for two years before enlisting in the army.
After returning from the war, Mr. Wade married his sweetheart, Dorothy Plantt and they were married for 56 years before Dorothy passed away in January, 2003. To this union two beautiful daughters were born whom he treasured and very unselfishly provided a wonderful childhood full of many pleasant memories! Terrry Wade McNiel, and Locke Wade Pachall survive Mr. Wade along with five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Other survivors include: Fred McNiel, husband of Terry, Close family friend, Stewart Kling, granddaughter, Katie Pachall Andreason and husband Roger of Baytown, Texas. Grandsons, Wade McNiel and wife Rene of Keller, Texas, Jim McNiel and wife Alysse of Spring, Texas, Jon Pachall and wife, AJ of College Station and Collin McNiel and wife, Kristen also of College Station. Great grandchildren who survive Mr. Wade include: Brianna Perry, Gentry Perry, Presley Perry, Levi Kouba, Peyton McNiel, Camden McNiel, Adelyn McNiel, Ayla McNiel, Miles McGroty, and Jon Cash Pachall.
Mr. Wade was a longtime member of the A&M Church of Christ where he humbly served as a Bible class teacher and Elder. He was a very spiritual gentleman who set a wonderful example for his family and friends! We mourn this passing but rejoice knowing that he has rejoined Dorothy in heaven. We are confident in our faith that we will see James and Dorothy and all of our family members who have gone on before us!
Mr. Wade worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for several years and then worked as an accountant/bookkeeper before accepting a job as office manager for Don Dale who owned and operated a company that built power lines around the Brazos Valley and Central Texas. Mr. Wade’s last job was working for GERG as a lab technician, a job that he retired from on his 90th birthday!
Callaway-Jones Funeral Centers are handling all necessary arrangements for the family. His Celebration of a life well lived will be held on Monday afternoon, February 12th at the A&M Church of Christ located at 2475 Earl Rudder Freeway. Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service to begin at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be held at the gravesite at Wellborn Cemetery following the funeral service. Mr. Wade was a longtime member of American Legion Post 159 in Bryan and they will honor Mr. Wade’s service to his country at the graveside service. Foree Grove and Ken Wilkey will officiate at the funeral service.
The family wishes to especially thank the caregivers at Bluebonnet Place in College Station where Mr. Wade resided for the past year of his life. Also a special thanks to Dr. Michael Jones M.D. who provided excellent care for Mr. Wade for many years. Finally, we wish to thank the caretakers at Pathways Hospice who loving cared for Mr. Wade in the final days of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to Pathways Hospice, 1121 Briarcrest Dr. #302 Bryan, Texas 77803.Print This Obituary