Max James Wade, Jr., known as “Junior,” was born June 17, 1932, in Tribune, Missouri, to Max and Mabel (Firestine) Wade. He passed away January 16, 2019, at his home in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He was 86 years, six months, and 30 days of age.
Junior was united in marriage to Frances Eckert on July 5, 1952, in Salem, Arkansas. Six children were born to this union. Max and Frances were married for 66 years.
Junior worked as a carpenter and laborer for most of his life. Later in life, he started dairying and lived on a farm in Huggins, Missouri, until he retired in 1992.
He loved to hunt and tell stories. He never forgot a thing and could recall even remote details from his life.
Junior was saved at a revival at Roby Baptist Church in 1980. Junior and Frances were members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mountain Grove. He was an active church member and loved to serve his God.
Besides his parents, Junior was preceded in death by one brother, Bud Wade, and one sister, Melba Sliger.
He is survived by his loving wife of their home, Frances Wade; four sons, Donald Wade and wife Daleene of Bucyrus, Missouri, Ronnie Wade of Mountain Grove, Lonnie Wade and wife Sheila of Cabool, Missouri, and Kenneth Wade of China; two daughters, Vivian Bowen of Columbia, Missouri, and Beth Phifer and husband Darwin of Reeds Spring, Missouri; two brothers, Maurice Wade and wife Wilma of Licking, Missouri, and Roy Wade and wife Diane of Union, Missouri; two sisters, Peggy Ward of Springfield, Missouri, and Ruth Wheeler of House Springs, Missouri; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren who will all miss him greatly.
Visitation was held Monday, January 21, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Funeral services followed the visitation at 2:00 p.m. also at the funeral home, with Rev. Wayne Cannon officiating. Song selections were “Beulah Land,” “Long Black Train” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Robert Bruce, Justin Wade, Jonathan Harwood, Darwin Phifer, Bryan Wade, Zachary Mings, and Bill Bensbacker served as pallbearers. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons in care of the funeral home.