On May 12, Dr. John E. Wade, III, age 60, of Joplin, MO passed from this earth. John was a servant of God, loving husband, father, son 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, on June 5, 1952 to John E. Wade, Jr. & Bobbie Cherry Wade. He grew up in Orange,  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 country in the US 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 & always wanted to make a difference.

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

Visitation will be held at Claybar Funeral Home, in Orange, on Saturday, May 18, from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, with services beginning at 2:00 pm. 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.