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Kevin Wade

Kevin Glenn Wade

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
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Kevin Glenn Wade, son of Willie J. and Mary Elizabeth Wade, was born in Richmond, VA on September 7, 1961. On January 19, 2019, God in His infinite wisdom called Kevin home to rest. Early in his childhood, Kevin proved himself to be a curious-minded youngster with a strong will. He had a unrelenting desire to do things his way and get what we wanted. In 1972, the Wades purchased Taylor’s Restaurant and relocated the family to Deltaville. Shortly after the move, Kevin began experiencing medical challenges that required several surgeries and special devices. Rather than considering his condition to be a handicap, Kevin developed a resolve of steel to have a normal life and do or have everything that anyone else could do or have. This resolve became the driving force for rest of his life. Under the tutelage of a shrewd business minded father, Kevin quickly began showing that he had the stuff to be a successful businessman.

Early in his childhood, Kevin found ways to make money and leverage the money that he made. He could see opportunities when others passed them by. Kevin graduated from York Academy, but clearly formal schooling wasn’t his thing. Rather, he cherished the acquisition of knowledge gained from the rough and tumble world that was his encyclopedia. During high school, Kevin began dating Susan Schultz who soon became the love of his life and his soul mate. The two were married in 1984 and worked hand in hand as partners and built successful businesses until he died without losing one bit of the romantic bliss that joined them. In 1982, Kevin joined his friend Joe Jenkins in establishing a startup seafood company, J&W Seafood. After a few years, Joe decided to relocate to Mississippi selling his interest in the business to Kevin and Susan. Despite years of struggle and uncertainties, Kevin and Susan stayed the course and grew the business into a world class seafood processor and retail company. J&W was Selected the only company to represent Virginia on the Outbound Seafood Trade Mission to Canada.

The constant visionary, the couple acquired Island Seafood and recently launched a new initiative to farm raise oysters with his friend Ben Woodard. Kevin’s deep appreciation for the opportunities he had in his life was a guiding principle for his generosity. Kevin gave without hesitation to community programs over the County of Middlesex and beyond. He touched many lives and treated the youngsters who worked in the store as his own – often providing advice, emotional support and financial assistance.

He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church and found great pleasure in attending services. Kevin served as Vice President of Virginia Seafood Council and member of the Legislative and Nominating Committees. He was a board member of VA Seafood Association; Bluecrab and Shellfish Committee of VMRC; Lower Middlesex Rescue Squad and Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department. He was highly respected for his knowledge of the economic impact of the seafood industry, the challenges of sustaining this vital resource and the importance of balancing the needs of the community with the needs to deploy strategies for growing and harvesting. Kevin was never short on opinions and hardly afraid to speak the truth when silence could have been an easy and more popular course to follow.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents and brother Elton. To carry his banner, he leaves his wife Susan; brother Ray (Terry); sister, Patricia (J. R. Butler); Mother-in-law, Jackie Schultz; sister-in-laws, Lynne Smith (D.J.); Farrah Owen; nieces and nephews, R.J. Bibee, Gunner Bibee, Alison Bibee, Cole Smith, Ray Wade, Jr., Staton Wade, Alexander Wade, Amanda Johnson, Kelly Lipford, Rennie Johnson, Jeff Wade, Sandra Gifford; and, a host of family and friends.

Services will be held at the Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville on January 23, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Visitation for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Deltaville Community Association. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Zoar Baptist Church
    Address
    17097 General Puller Hwy.
    DELTAVILLE, VA 23043
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Zoar Baptist Church
    Address
    17097 General Puller Hwy.
    DELTAVILLE, VA 23043
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  • Interment

    Location
    Philippi Memorial Gardens
    Address
    Ball Park Road
    DELTAVILLE, VA 23043
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Paula Fox

Posted at 08:27pm
We were very surprised to hear of his passing. Our hearts are heavy and eyes are saddened to know that his smiling face will no longer be seen and jokes no longer to be told at J&W. Kevin always greeted us with a huge smile and was always ready to talk and share stories. Kevin at the NASCAR races, where he was like a kid in the candy store, will forever bring very fond memories and big smiles to our faces! Thank you Kevin for your unwavering friendship. Rest in peace my friend.
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Joe Oyler

Posted at 02:59pm
Susan - Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. With love CTSG (Joe and Kim Oyler)
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Joe Oyler

Posted at 01:51pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. With Love Creative Technology Services Group, Joe and Kim Oyler
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Love, The Saunders - Vance, Meredith, Austin, and

Posted at 10:40am
Kevin and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. His huge heart, smile, and humor will be greatly missed. We love you all.
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with our greatest sympathy -American Seafood Jobs

Posted at 10:00am
Kevin was a longtime member of ASJA and we have gained tremendous knowledge and leadership from his involvement and support over the years.
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