Rev. Thomas Martin Leonard Wade
1934 — 2021
The Rev. Thomas Martin Leonard Wade died Feb. 2, 2021. He was 86 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Vandiver Hill Wade and Clydia Sara Ann Sharp Wade. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native was bigger than life, both physically and in personality. Unable to play outside as a child due to asthma, he entertained himself by learning to wiggle his ears. That skill, along with a talent for hooting like an owl, endeared him to generations of children. His younger brother, Grady Lamar Wade (Chattanooga,) survives him. Tom overcame his physical limitations to play basketball at Warren Wilson College. He also attended Alderson-Broaddus College, where he met the love of his life,...