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Born in Blakely, Georgia on Mar. 18, 1934
Departed on Jun. 15, 2011 and resided in Newark, NJ.
Visitation: Saturday, Jul. 2, 2011
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Service: Saturday, Jul. 2, 2011
10:00 am
Cemetery: New Jersey Veterans Cemetery
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On June 15, 2011 Rev. Dr. James Wade departed his life and entered eternal rest. Rev. James Wade was born March 18, 1934 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Will Wade and the late Fannie Johnson Wade.

Rev. Wade moved to Cleveland, Ohio at an early age. He graduated from East Technical High School in Cleveland and attended Cleveland Bible College and Yale Divinity School. He received a Doctorate Degree from Miller University. He was an Alumnus of Stone College in New Haven, Connecticut.

Rev. Wade served in the United States Air Force and was released with an honorable discharge. During his time in the Military he received a Purple Heart. In 1962 he moved to New Haven Connecticut where he married Ann Elizabeth Pitt in holy matrimony. In 1963 they moved to Newark, New Jersey and he was called to Pastor at First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church. In 1965 he founded the Greater First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church where he pastored until his death.

During that time Rev. Wade became a national known television and radio Evangelist. He was called a Prophet because of his special gifts from God. Rev. Wade was known as the Godfather for The Gospel Music Industry and he paved the way for major and local gospel music artists. He promoted gospel Quartet Groups such as, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Gospel Keynotes, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Pilgrim Jubilees, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, Rev. Julius Cheeks, Legendary Brothers, Swanee Quinet and many others.

In the late 60*s Rev. Wade marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during his last visit to Newark prior to going to Memphis where he was assassinated. Rev. Wade served as a Commissioner of the Model Cities program in Newark. He was also appointed as The Human Rights Commissioner in the late 60*s. Rev. Wade also served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of WNJR Radio Station.

Rev. Wade was preceded in death by several siblings. Rev. Wade leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife, Ann Elizabeth Wade; one daughter, Judy Wade of Arizona; one son, Reynard Wade of Cleveland Ohio; one stepson, Herbert Pitt of Willingboro, New Jersey; two sisters, Evangelist Ann Davis of Cleveland, Ohio and Evangelist Bell of Cleveland, Ohio; three brother-in-laws, James Pitt of Irvington, NJ, Ed Pitt of Rayford, NC and Frank Pitt of Washington, DC; one special god-daughter, Kenyetta Murphy; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, The Greater First Timothy Church Family, other relatives and friends especially his Preaching Colleagues, Gospel singers and musicians.

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