John David Wade, Sr., age 71, of Mena, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. He was born on Friday, April 13, 1945 to Robert Archibald Sr. and Myrtie Inez Tarr Wade in Eagletown, Oklahoma.
John was a man of character; a straight talker with kindness to others, he served in the banking industry for over 30 years. In his early life, John was a barber and started in the 1980’s working at two different banks in Idabel, Oklahoma, the Idabel National Bank and the First State Bank of Idabel, and retired in 2008 from First American Bank in Stonewall, Oklahoma as President. John loved his family very much and just recently lost his loving wife, Nelda, who was his everything. His sons and grandchildren were his world. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, fishing, and going camping. John was a member of the Cove Revival Center in Cove. He was on several Boards of Directors during his working career including the Little River Conservation Board and the Kiwanis Club of Idabel. John was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Nelda Wade.
John is survived by his two sons and daughters in law, John Jr. and Judy Wade of Emerson, Arkansas and Alex and Kristen Wade of Vandervoort; two brothers, Robert Wade, Jr. of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Paul Wade of Bandera, Texas; three sisters, Sue Dean of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Sharon Westbrook of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Karen Coates of Lafayette, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Noah Wade, Emma Wade, Matthew Wade, Kaylie Jo Wade, Kailey Wade, Bradley Wade, and Joey Wade; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cove Revival Center in Cove with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment will follow at the Gann Cemetery in Potter under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No visitation is planned.
Pallbearers will be Terry Williamson, Hershel Bell, Jay Davis, Jared Strother, and Jake Hooper. Honorary Pallbearer will be Hilton Bell.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Cove Revival Center of Cove, Arkansas or Kilgore Lodge Church of Magnolia, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com