CHARLESTON and OHIO Arthur Thomas “Tom” Wade, 81, went home to Glory Jan. 6, 2009, at a Bangor nursing home. Tom was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Paris, Ky., to George A. and Angeline (Barnett) Wade. He completed Ewing Elementary, Ewing, Ky., and attended Flemingsburg High School, Flemingsburg, Ky. His family attended Fairview Baptist Church, Fairview, Ky. Tom was drafted into the Navy in 1945 and served on a destroyer in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Tom went to Flemingsburg where he was employed in various jobs. He moved to Dayton, Ohio, and became a dance instructor for Arthur Murray School of Dance. After three years he resigned to become a non-denominational interfaith minister. Tom was accepted at Wrightview Heights Nazarene Church, Wrightview Heights, Ohio, as an assistant choir director and minister of music. Tom resigned from there and became choir director at Oakdale United Brethren Church, Oakdale, Ohio. He again resigned after three years to become the assistant music and choir director, Sunday school superintendent and elder deacon at Maryland Avenue Church of the Nazarene, Dayton, Ohio. Tom moved to Southeast Ohio. Once there, he was asked to conduct a communion service at Neiufain Community Church, Neiufain, Ohio, and became their minister for seven years. Health problems caused him to resign and settle in Mason, Ohio, for a short time. While there, the decision was made to come to Maine where he and friend, Jack Clark Jr. co-founded “Art-Stan Personal Care Home,” Exeter. When in 1987, Tom’s health declined again, they sold and retired to a home on Little Pushaw. In 1990, they bought their final home in Charleston until 2005. After the death of Jack, Tom entered into Phillips-Strickland House where he was an active resident until his health quickly worsened, Sept. 30, 2008, and he was moved to a Bangor facility. Everyone Tom met became his friend. He wanted to always let his light shine for the Lord. He loved to sing and was a blessing and was blessed at Phillips-Strickland. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Tom was predeceased by his beloved mother and father, four brothers and four sisters, and by best friend, Jack Clark Jr. He is survived by a special niece, Virginia Daniels of Ripley, Ohio; and a very dear niece, Barbara and her husband, Jack Beal, of Xenia, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Jewell Wade and Lillian Wade; several nieces and nephews in Ohio. Many thanks to Phillips-Strickland and Westgate Manor for the wonderful care given to Tom. Thank you to all his caregivers and those who came to visit or sent notes to Tom. He loved each one of you. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Bradford Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donald Booker officiating. Friends may call at the church 6 p.m. until the time of service. Spring burial will be at Bradford Corner Cemetery. At Tom’s request, those who wish may give gifts in his memory to Bradford Baptist Church Building Fund, care of Deb Libby, 37 Harris Road, Charleston, ME 04422. Arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth.
ARTHUR THOMAS WADE
Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 6:44 p.m.