Lamar Wade, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and dedicated community member, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia, at the age of 80. Born on December 24, 1942, in Macon, Georgia, Lamar would go on to lead an accomplished life filled with hard work, creativity, and a strong commitment to his family and community.
Raised by his late parents, Walter Herbert and Minnie Alice Harper Wade, in Macon, Lamar began working at Norton Service Station at the age of 14, where he pumped gas, serviced automobiles, and changed tires. He graduated from Willingham High School in 1961 and went on to work as a truck driver for General LP Gas. Lamar's strong work ethic, intelligence, and eagerness to learn led him to begin a career in civil service at the Naval Ordinance Plant, later transferring to Warner Robbins Air Force Base where he worked on B52 bomb sights.
Always quick to seize new opportunities, Lamar enrolled in training for the operation of the military's latest radio systems. This led him to Ft. Gordon, where he became an avionics and radio systems instructor. Lamar's dedication to his work extended beyond his regular hours, as he often had a rental home renovation project to attend to after leaving Ft. Gordon each day. All the while, he was raising a family and attending Augusta College, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1976.
Lamar's entrepreneurial spirit shone through as he opened a Morrow's Nut House franchise at the newly completed Regency Mall, later operating Silver Britches and the Bulldog Restaurant as well. Over the years, he owned several other restaurants and clubs, and after retirement, his lifelong interest in real estate led him to a career as a project manager for Oakwood Homes, building state-of-the-art mobile home communities in Missouri, Texas, and Alabama.
Since 2003, Lamar resided in Lincolnton, where he quickly became involved in the community. He served as president of the Lincoln County Historical Society, president of Friends of Elijah Clark State Park, and District 4 Lincoln County Commissioner from 2016 to 2020. In addition, he owned Homepride Properties and was a Wahoo boat dock dealer. Lamar was an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Braves, and was known for being a sharp dresser.
Lamar was a devoted member of First Assembly of God and often attended Double Branches Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra "Bonnie" Wade; sons, Kevin Wade and wife Delane, and Joseph Todd Wade; daughters, Alicia James and husband Cliff, all of Lincolnton, and Krista Berrios and husband Jose of Tampa, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Piland of Columbus, Georgia; and grandchildren Hannah Beggs, Nicholas Wade, Benjamin Wade, Chase Bass, Rhys Berrios, and Guiliana Berrios. Lamar was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Staples, Lorene Casey, Margaret Edwards, and Betty Joyce Wade.
The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 2pm at First Assembly of God, Lincolnton, with interment following at Double Branches Baptist Church Cemetery. Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton, is honored to serve the family of Mr. Lamar Wade.
Lamar Wade's legacy will be remembered through his intelligence, creativity, and the many lives he touched in his family and community. His unwavering dedication to those around him will be greatly missed, but his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
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