The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 15, 2013

Dr. John E. Wade III


The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — On May 12, 2013, Dr. John E. Wade III, age 60, of Joplin, Mo., passed from this earth.

John was a servant of God, loving husband, father and physician. He was a student of knowledge, a true renaissance man who loved his family, animals, his country and community. He brought joy to those who were around him.

John Edward Wade was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 5, 1952, to John E. Wade Jr. and Bobbie Cherry Wade. He grew up in Orange, Texas, graduating from Stark High School in 1970. He then attended Lamar University where he earned a degree in Biology, with High Honors, before going on to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he earned his M.D. Following medical school, he completed his residency training in Psychiatry and served his county in the U.S. Air Force, receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal. Dr. Wade was in practice for many years, greatly caring for his patients. He touched many lives and always wanted to make a difference.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Tracy, of Joplin; his son, Christopher Wade, of Austin, Texas; and two grandchildren, Harper and Cole Wade, of Austin. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. John E. Wade Jr. (Bobbie), of Orange; sisters, Cherry Wade, of Arlington, Texas, Mary Jane Stewart, Orange, and Nancy Stark, Orange; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved pets.

Visitation will be held at Claybar Funeral Home, Orange, on Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with services at 2 p.m. A celebration of life will be held in Joplin, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, or to the American Heart Association.