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Kenneth Clyde Wade

December 22, 1950March 21, 2020
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Kenneth Clyde Wade, 69, of Cartersville, passed away on March 21, 2020, at Kennestone Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Cartersville, Georgia, on December 22, 1950, and raised in Emerson, Ken was the son of the late Rev. Clyde Wade and the late Mary Lou Wade. A graduate of Cass High School and a U.S. Army veteran, Ken was in the textile and apparel business for many years, and also worked in multiple capacities for the Booth Western Art Museum. Before and after retirement, Ken bought and sold antiques and enjoyed nothing more than road trips to find hidden treasures. A long-time member of Rowland Springs Baptist Church, Ken was one of those rare individuals who never met a stranger and practiced his faith through countless acts of friendship and charity, in ways large and small. He leaves a wealth of memories of his kindness, his sense of humor, and his never-ending support of his family and friends. Ken is survived by his wife, Pat Wade, and by two children, Dawn Wilson (Ed Kilgore) of Monterey, California and Adam (Conilia) Wade of Cartersville; three grandchildren, Carsyn, Colton and Kynlee Wade; two sisters, Sandra (Bob) McMillan and Wanda (Jim) Hodge; and many extended family members and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Satuday, August 8, 2020 at Rowland Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Ringwalt officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rowland Springs Baptist Church Benevolence Fund for support of families suffering from the current health crisis. The family would like to thank the management and staff of Georgia Museums, Inc., Anverse, Inc. and Reicon Management, LLC for the generous donations. Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the on-line register. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA 30120 has charge of the arrangements.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Marshal Jenkins

January 31, 2021

Attended 8 years of school with Kenneth Wade at Emerson Elementary. played basketball 🏀 In 8th grade with Ken, he was one of only 2 of the tallest players in BARTOW County at that time. Standing close to 6ft 3 inches. The other ball 🏀 player was James Seymour from Whites elementary about a shade taller, but not as good of ball player Kenneth was. Ken was An excellent ball handler and could dribble down the basketball court very fast. Great memories 😇🙏👋

Michael Palma

August 5, 2020

Where to start, I was deeply saddened by the news of Ken's passing. In fact, I was in the process of trying to locate Ken's email or phone number when I saw this obituary. I served with Ken in West Germany in 1971 with the Third Armor Division of the Army. Ken and I were in the same unit. We became great friends, and I would like to share that he was one of the finest human beings I have had the pleasure to know. As any veteran will tell you, there is a great bond with those you serve with, especially in an over-seas assignment. We spent many hours at night talking about our homes, girlfriends, family we missed, and dreaming about returning home. My best memory is one evening about a few weeks before Ken was to rotate back to the States. We had a few drinks in his room in the barracks, and he got so excited about returning home, he pulled out this big suitcase and began walking first around the barracks and then we walked around the entire base as he cheerfully said "goodbye" to everyone. This was a huge Army base. I don't know where he got that suitcase. Most of us only had a duffle bag. When I returned home five months later to Tucker GA., Ken drove to Tucker picked me up, and I spent the weekend at his home in Emerson. He wanted to help me adjust to civilian life; he even took me shopping to buy cloths. I could go on and on. Ken I will never forget you brother. My heart goes out to his family.

Woodstock Antiques

March 31, 2020

Our shoppe will never be the same without this wonderful man! “Big Ken” was a joy to everyone and a dear friend to us. His big spirit was one of comfort. We are truly heartbroken. His passion for the search of that next great antique treasure made him one of the best “junkin” vendors in the business. We are grateful God allowed us the opportunity to know him. He will always have a special place in our hearts. Go rest high big guy!
We will miss you...
Suzie & Kimberly

john morris

March 31, 2020

Ken was one of a kind and will be missed. My condolences to Pat and the family.

Barbara Summey

March 30, 2020

Pat , I am so sorry of Ken passing: Thanks for all the hugs you share with me: Love Barbara Summey

Dee Blankenship

March 30, 2020

I always looked forward to seeing Ken, Pat, Barbara and Lamar when returning back to GA and pit stopping at Rowland Springs Baptist. These four always showered my family with love and encouraging words. Ken was such a gentle giant and really made a big impression on Billy and Jessika. His beautiful smile will be surely missed. It's just not going to be the same. Heaven has gained a real gem of a man! Know we love you Mrs. Pat and family. You are in our prayers. The Blankenships

Lamar Pendley

March 29, 2020

I was sad and shocked to hear of my Friend Kens Passing. We all grew up in Emerson. Life will be changed but we will get through it together. I cherish those memories and there are a lot of them. Mine and Melody’ s prayers are with the entire Family. God bless. Rest In peace my good friend until we meet again.

Don & Gail Fortenberry

March 27, 2020

Pat and Family,
We were so sad to hear about Ken. He was always so kind and enjoyable to be around. I'm sure y'all are going through some tough times right now and wish I could see could see you in person. We will see you when the all clear is given. God bless all of you.

Bruce Lindler

March 27, 2020

I have many good memories of working with Ken at the Booth. He was a swell guy and a real people person and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathies to you - Pat, Adam, Conilia and the other family members.

Doc Griffin

March 26, 2020

Ken was a great partner to the cowboys that gathered at the booth Museum. He was a good friend.

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