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Willie Lee Wade went home to be with Jesus on Thursday morning, June 7, 2018.  He was born in Lancaster, South Carolina on April 11, 1932 to the late Viola Clinton Wade Joyce and Purnell Wade.  He was brought to Greensboro in his early teens where he has lived since.  Shortly after coming to Greensboro, he united with St. Mark Holy Church, where he ultimately served as a deacon, and where he worked from his heart for the Lord. He was one of the original members of St. Mark United Holy Church and served faithfully under the leadership of Bishop Willie B. Harbor.


Deacon Wade was married to the late Marziner Hines Wade.  As a very young man, he accepted and loved the Lord and never hesitated to share the word of God with others.  He often walked the neighborhood preaching about Jesus so much so that the neighbors called him the “barefoot prophet”.


He loved his church family and people in general.  As a Deacon in the church, he demonstrated what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ—he was a servant, helper, and teacher—loving and serving his brothers and sisters in Christ.


He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters: Ella Scott of Winston-Salem, NC, Shirley Spruill (Willie) of Franklin, TN; stepson: Fred Hines of Greensboro; goddaughter: Wilma Jackson and her four children of Greensboro; friend and caregiver: Vivian Slade of Greensboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends

A service honoring his life will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at St. Mark United Holy Church. The service will begin at 12 pm.

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  • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Friday, June 08, 2018
    Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.
    ~ Ms Allison   Durham, NC
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
    I remember Mr Wade when he and his wife lived on Perkins Street I was young with 2 small childrenHim and Mrs Wade always took time to pray with and for me They were 2 of the kindest people i ever knew
    ~ Rosa Watlington   Greensboro, NC
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear love. A scripture that has given me much comfort is Revelation 21:4 which promises that one day death will be no more. I hope this scripture brings comfort to your family during this difficult time.
    ~ Dorothy   Greensboro, NC