- [S80] Rawlings Funeral Home, (http://www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com/), 13 Jan 2004.
Kate Reagan Wade of Sevierville died on January 13, 2004. The second child of West Reagan and Maude Franklin Reagan, Kate was born on May 15, 1915, in Knoxville. After graduation from Young High School and specialty training, she became Sevierville's first beautician in 1933, opening a business at the Central Hotel at Main Street and Court Avenue. On June 26, 1939, she married Dwight Robert Wade, Sr., the owner of Wade's Department Store. After their honeymoon in New York, Dwight and Kate constructed a residence at 114 Joy Street from the architectural plans of the model home at the 1939 World's Fair, a residence now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
She was preceded in death by her parents, West and Maude Reagan; her sister, Hazel Reagan Ford; her brother, Clint L. Reagan; and her fourth son, Sidney Paul Wade, who died August 31, 1989. Survivors include her husband, Dwight R. Wade, Sr., her oldest son, Dr. Dwight Robert Wade, Jr., and her daughter-in-law, Jan Buxton Wade of Knoxville; her son, Kenneth R. Wade and her daughter-in-law, Marion Paul of Gatlinburg; and her son, Judge Gary R. Wade and her daughter-in-law, Sandra Franklin Wade of Sevierville; grandson, Dwight R. Wade, III of Memphis; grandson, Aaron Zachary Wade and his wife, Tasha Sims Wade of Sevierville; granddaughter, Holly Wade Kelly and her husband, William J. Kelly, Jr. of Darien, Connecticut; granddaughter, Alexis Wade of Sevierville; granddaughter, Katherine Victoria Loveday and her husband, Todd Loveday of Sevierville; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Jeanne Wade of Sevierville. Surviving great grandchildren are William J. Kelly, III and Kathleen Reagan Kelly of Darien, Connecticut; and Ethan Schuch of Sevierville.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Sevierville. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 P.M. Rev. H.B. Hauk, Jr., and Rev. Jan Buxton Wade, officiating. Rev. Bobby H. Ely, eulogist. Private interment for the family will be on Friday at 2:00 P.M. in Shiloh Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Dwight R. Wade, III, Aaron Zachary Wade, William J. Kelly, Jr., Todd Loveday, and Wes Schuch.
Rawlings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 214 Cedar Street, Sevierville, TN 37862, or Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, P.O. Box 5650, Sevierville, TN 37864.
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- [S106] The Mountain Press, 17 Jan 2004.
Kate Reagan Wade came to Sevier County as a teenager in the early 1930s determined to make a life as a beautician.
Wade, 88, died Tuesday. She was born May 15, 1915, in Knoxville, the child of West Reagan and Maude Franklin Reagan.
"Mother, at age 17 with a certificate as a beautician, came to Sevierville with $11 in her pocket and an ambition to support herself and became a successful businesswoman," said Judge Gary Wade, one of her four sons. The other three are Dr. Dwight Wade, Jr., Kenneth Wade and the late Sidney Wade. Her husband of more than 64 years, Dwight Robert Wade, Sr., still lives in the home they built at 114 Joy Street in 1939 and 1940.
"She was just such a special, loving person, and we're very proud of her and the life she lived," Gary Wade said.
In 1933 Wade became Sevierville's first beautician, with a shop in the Central Hotel at Main Street and Court Avenue. She was married June 26, 1939, and that year began construction on her home from plans for the "House of Tomorrow," obtained at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, where the couple honeymooned. That house is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
"She believed that every person had talent of some kind, and if we didn't utilize it to the best of our ability, we weren't following God's will," Gary Wade said.
"She was the great motivator." Wade was a descendant of Tim Reagan, who moved to Sevier County after being injured in the Revolutionary War. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Sevierville. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. H.B. Hauk Jr. and the Rev. Jan Buxton Wade officiating. The Rev. Bobby H. Ely is the eulogist.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.