John Mark Wade
Published 2:26 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2022
John Mark Wade, 69, of Watauga, Tenn., passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022. John was born April 8, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late John William “Bill” Wade and Barbara Whannel Wade. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Wade.
John was a graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary and then earned his Master’s Degree in Near Eastern Studies at Cincinnati Christian Seminary. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Library Science. He retired as a Theological Librarian at Emmanuel Christian Seminary and was a member of Central Community Christian Church.
John was an avid archeologist and had participated in multiple digs in the Middle East — Israel, Tunisia and Jordan. He loved to go RV camping and traveling all over the world. He loved to garden, and feed his pet fish he proudly displayed in his beautiful fish pond. John led a Men’s Bible Study in his home where they also did community outreach programs in the area.
Those left to cherish his legacy include his wife, Connie Morgan Wade; his son, John Joseph Wade and his fiancée Grace Smith; his sister-in-law, Belinda Witte and her husband Bill of Cincinnati, Ohio; his sisters, Rebekah Wade Moore and her husband James of Mableton, Ga., Martha Lynn Wade of Papua, New Guinea, and Donita Wade Lockridge and her husband Stony of Fayetteville, Ga.; and his brother, Curtis Wade of Douglasville, Ga. His extended family includes five nieces, Catherine Moore, Sandy Lockridge, Amanda Lockridge, Hannah Lockridge and Samantha Wade, and three nephews, Charles Witte, Daniel Moore and William Lockridge.
A service to celebrate and honor the life of John Mark Wade will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 6, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. Todd Wolfe, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. The service will be livestreamed from the chapel. To view the livestream, simply visit our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and click on John’s obituary. At the beginning of the obituary there will be a link (one room livestream). Simply click on the link and the livestream will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The graveside service will follow in the Scalf Cemetery in Watauga. The Men’s Bible Study Group — Steve Humphries, Michael Bales, Danny VanDyke, Mick Fowler, David Hayes, Ricky York and Jim Malenda — will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Mattingly, Rick Bullard, Bill Hudson, Mike Loudermilk, Tom Grutsch and James Pace and deceased members: Joe Morgan, Tom Hornsby, Delno Brown and Larry Hammons. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Seminary Library Fund at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College, P.O. Box 750, Milligan, TN 37682 or to Johnson University – The John Mark Wade Scholarship Fund, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998. Words of comfort can be sent to the family through our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 211 North Riverside, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423) 542-2232 is honored to serve the family of John Mark Wade.