McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe

204 South Main Street, Monroe, NC


Wade M. Autry

May 8, 1939March 24, 2020

Wade Morris “Sugar” Autry, age 80, of Monroe, went home to be with the Lord on March 24, 2020.

He was born in Union County on May 8, 1939, son of the late Wade and Georgia Autry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Mills and Eunice Nicholson.

Sugar is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Norma “Nookie” Autry; his brother, Leroy Autry; brother-in-laws, Lance Aldridge, J.E. Aldridge and Ken Phifer; sister-in-laws, Helen Cox, Ann Dora Rollins, Shirley Phifer and Kayte Aldridge.

Friends of Mr. Autry are encouraged to come sign the register book and leave condolences from 12:00pm until 4:00pm Friday, March 27, 2020 at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, 204 S. Main St., Monroe, NC 28112. The family will receive friends from 12:30pm until 1:00pm Saturday, March 28, 2020 at McEwen Funeral Home with a service to celebrate Mr. Autry’s life beginning at 1:00pm in McEwen Funeral Home’s Colonial Chapel. Interment will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lindsey Johnson, Hospice of Union County, Glenda Aldridge, Suzanne Baillie, Carolyn Presson and Tim and Brenda Helms for their love, support and care when they needed it most. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110 or to Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Rd., Monroe, NC 28110. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the Autry family.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 28, 2020


Wade M. Autry

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Becky Brooks

March 29, 2020

Dear Norma,
Oh the memories we have shared through the years. So many things bought at Morgan's that I still have and look at daily. Morris was always in the back replenishing all the lovely things you displayed and sold. So many years we have not seen each other but you were thought of many times. Please take care of yourself and reach out to us when ready. Blessings, Becky and Bob

Kristy Derrick

March 28, 2020

Aunt Norma,

I am so very sorry about the passing of Uncle Morris. He was such a good and kind soul. Keeping you in my prayers.

With love and sympathy,
Kristy Derrick

Karen Dalrymple

March 27, 2020

Oh Nookie. I'm so very sorry about Sugar passing away. He was always such a kind and sweet person. May God bless you and keep you safe in these uncertain days. Much love to you.

Karen Price Dalrymple
Cameron, NC

Claudette Kay

March 27, 2020

You are in prayers Norma. I always thought it was so sweet that you called your hubby "Sugar". I used to love to come to your shop. You had such beautiful and usual items. Do you still have your shop?

Louise Hargett

March 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Nookie, all of the family and Wade’s close friends.

Jane Threatt

March 27, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, and know how long you provided excellent care of "Sugar". He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. I have always appreciated that you gave this same excellent care to your business customers, and over the years you never once let me down. Thank you for who you are and for being such a good friend to so many of us. If there is anything Ernie and I can assist you with, just call.
Love, Jane & Ernest Threatt

Kim Johnson

March 27, 2020

Thinking of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We will always remember the fun times of shopping with you and Sugar.

Marvin and Kim Johnson

Nancy Hagler

March 27, 2020

May God bless you in this time of sorrow. I will truly miss Sugar. He was such a wonderful and caring friend.

I love you all the time,
-Nancy Hagler

billy mills

March 27, 2020

Norma, I am so sorry to hear of Morris suffering and passing. I just found out today march 27. It's weird I was thinking about you both and the family yesterday as I was remembering Lois's passing 30 years ago on March 26. We believe that Jesus paid for our sins and for a believer like Morris, to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord, which is far better. We pray that our Lord will comfort and bless you at this time. Although you will miss Morris tremendously, I know that you will be able to thank God that he is no longer suffering. God bless Leroy also.
Billy and Susan Mills 704 575 3078

Sally Tathwell

March 26, 2020

It is hard to describe Sugar in a few words. His infectious laugh, picking up steak dinners and wine for the three of us after a long night making Christmas wreaths at the shop and letting me crash in the Green bedroom at their house. My heart is heavy for you, Nookie, but he is smiling and enjoying heaven. Special prayers for you and all the family.