Born Nelvin Charles Wade in Bono, Arkansas on December 19th, 1950 to Nelvan Andrew Wade and Rose Marie Wade, Nelvin was a cowboy and a drifter at heart and traveled the globe finding a friend, an audience, or a new love wherever he went.His favorite thing to do was play music & praise Jesus. This was closely followed by spending time with his wife Susan, 5 children; Jason, Aaron, Josh, Nellie, and Jesse, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was a collector of everything; including guitars and every instrument he could find, tools or scrap materials someone was going to junk, stories, and fart jokes. A man of simple tastes, he loved canned and cured meats such as salami and spam, frozen burritos, hot black coffee, and true to his southern roots; beans and homemade cornbread. He joined the Marines in the heat of Vietnam and spent two years in Japan where he learned mechanical engineering skills that spawned his ability to be a handyman and jack-of-all-trades. During this time he rose to the rank of Sergeant and earned the National Defense Service Medal Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Meritorious Mast for superior performance and rising to a challenge beyond the ordinary requirements of duty. His working life was spent mastering carpentry, welding, and HVAC and being a FEMA inspector helping those who survived natural disasters in addition to playing guitar and songwriting which teetered between being his hobby, career, and personality throughout his life. After retiring to Florida for the last decade of his life, he still loved to pursue education and new skills and was enrolled in the history channel, the discovery channel, and the daily news among others. Still a cowboy, he was thrilled when he discovered streaming services that offered his favorite old westerns and new ones alike. Nelvin was preceded in death by his mother Rose, his father Nelvan, and his brother Terry. He is survived by his wife Susan Wade, children Jason (son) & Donna (daughter in law) Wade, Aaron Wade, Josh (son) & Angie (daughter in law) Wade, Nellie Wade, and Jesse Wade. He is also survived by RoseAnn Puckett (sister), Carrie Ann (sister) & Jerry (brother in law) Kinman, Caroll Wade (brother), 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; Michael, Micalah, Alyssa, Charley, Joshua, Mariah, Carson and Jaycee. His love for his family was only outweighed by his love for God and he’d say often how he was at peace with God’s timing for his life. He took his last breath around 9:15 am on Sunday February 12th, and made it home just in time for church. Funeral services will be held at the Revival Tabernacle in Bono, Arkansas on Friday, March 3rd at 11am. A celebration of life will be held at the Bayshore Gardens Clubhouse in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday, April 1st at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Lung Association or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charity.
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