Editorial By Owner Adam Griffin
If you ever needed a faithful friend, confidant, pastor or prayer warrior, you typically were pointed to Howard Wade. And, to the shock of many, Howard went to the Heaven he preached of for many years on Friday afternoon after performing a funeral service for one of his former parishioners.
Howard, a Carroll County native, impacted the lives of many people in his nearly 28 years of pastoral ministry. I feel I can say this without prejudice…there was never anyone who you could count on if you asked for prayer, who would deliver on that promise, and follow through to ask how God had helped you and if there were any other needs he could pray for you.
Howard, through health problems as of late, never failed to continue his ministering, faithfully leading worship services each week at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Vevay, and being a part of the Long Run Association of American Baptist Churches events.
Most recently, Howard and I shared breakfast together at the brotherhood breakfast for the Long Run churches, and in typical Howard fashion, he asked if he could pray for me in any specific area. Not only was Howard a terrific brother in Christ, but he was quite a card too. At that brotherhood breakfast, we laughed on numerous occasions as Howard poked fun at Pastor Wayne Daugherty throughout our time of fellowship.
Few times in my life have I ever felt I could say this, but I feel pretty confident in saying it now. Howard fulfilled the Biblical role of a pastor and shepherd well. He rightly divided the truth in his preaching, he loved his community, and served the church, and his communities, in amazing ways. He served as a member of the Lions Club in Vevay and as a chaplain for Kings Daughters Health in Madison.
Howard pastored Concord Community Church near Patriot for 5 years, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Greensburg for 2 years, Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay for 13 years, Baptist Temple in Logansport, IN over 6 years, and Cross Plains Baptist for 1 year before having to retire for health issues. He most recently was serving as associate pastor at Spring Branch Baptist church outside of Vevay.
Howard was a 1971 graduate of Carrollton High School. He served his community there as meat department manager at Parkview IGA for 20 years before accepting the call to the ministry.
Howard married the absolute love of his life, Bonnie, on August 25, 1972 in Ghent. If there is one thing we, as his friends and brothers knew, he loved his wife as Christ loved the church. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family, his three kids, April, Michelle and Christopher; and especially loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids, always sharing stories about them!
Everyone who Howard’s life touched should certainly join with me in saying that they were blessed to call Howard a friend, and a brother. And, while we’re sad he’s gone on, we’re certainly jealous of what he’s doing and seeing there…but most of all Howard…we’re on our way too and look forward to seeing you again someday soon!
Visitation for Howard will take place on Wednesday June 28, 2017 from 4-8pm at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.
Rodney and Roger Nay, owners of Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home will conduct the funeral service for Howard on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 11am at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Vevay Cemetery.