Thomas Merrell Wade passed away at the age of 89 after a brief illness at his home in Arab, AL on Feb. 28, 2013. He was an aerospace engineer with NASA in Huntsville for 31 years, and a U.S. Navy WWII veteran. Mr. Wade was born in Cherokee County, GA, to William Thomas Wade and Mae Adams Wade. He was a graduate of Acworth High School, West Georgia College, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Along with his wife, Anna, he was a founding member of the Arab Public Library, and a long-time active member of the Arab First United Methodist Church. Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Anna Fariss Wade, and his daughter Carolyn Virginia Wade. Survivors include his daughter, The Rev. Nancy Wade Kline (Sims) of DeLand, FL, and his son, Fariss Thomas Wade (Letha) of Navarre Beach, FL. He has four grand-children: Anna Kline Bressler (Jordan) of Winter Park, FL; Dr. Caroline Kline Saulino (Mike) of Troy, MI; Carrie Wade of Ft. Myers, FL; and, Matthew Wade of West Palm Beach, FL; also, two great-granddaughters, Sarah Wade and Lily Kate Bressler. He is also survived by his brother, Bill J. Wade, of Winston, GA. There will be a memorial service at the Arab First United Methodist Church on Sat., Mar. 9 at 11:00 a.m., The Rev. Kenny Baskins officiating, followed by burial at the Arab Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Arab Public Library or the Arab First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel.