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Wade Moss

March 25, 1939 — February 17, 2017

Wade Morris "Peadab" Moss, age 77, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017. Wade was born in Cherryville, North Carolina on March 25th, 1939 to Orien Brice and Susan Maci Moss. After graduating high school, Wade joined the Air Force. In 1965, he moved to Florida where he continued to work for Carolina Freight for 36 years, during which time he attended Broward Community College with an interest in Real Estate. He retired in Florida where he spent the remainder of his life enjoying the things he felt most passionate about: Family, Table Tennis, Photography and Travel.

When asked to describe Wade, his wife and children shared their thoughts:

Ruth, his wife of 49 years said Wade was a provider and role model who understood what it meant to be a father vs. a dad. He was devoted to his family and had an amazing work ethic. He loved camping and was always the "voice of reason." As was his gracious nature, he never said an unkind word to her. Regarding his boys, Wade always offered his support, but never pressured them into their pursuits. Ruth remembers he had the boys sign contracts during school to encourage responsibility. He loved spending time camping and made it a point to take each son individually as well as family. When you spoke to either Wade or Ruth, you were speaking to both of them, as was the nature of their union. He always kept Werther's candy in his pocket and may have been known to sneak a sweet treat when no one was looking. Earlier on in their life together, Ruth said she once asked Wade if he would marry her again. He responded, "Divorce me and find out." She jokingly said that she never followed through to find out. More recently, Wade was asked if he was depressed. He responded, "Why would I be depressed?" Depressed was not a word in his vocabulary. Wade always believed actions spoke louder than words, and lived his life accordingly. He lived his life to the fullest, with a hunger for seizing every opportunity to learn something new, and always kept his priorities in order.

Wade's sons, with so many shared memories, are grateful for the many camping adventures; their dad's patience while teaching them to drive; his care in teaching every skill he imparted to the by example. He was firm and respected, while always being gentle and kind. He was frequently quoted as saying "If you're dumb, you gotta be tough!" This turned out to be valuable advice for three adventurous young men.

When asked how Wade would describe his own life, the following words and phrases came to mind:
Wonderful life, great childhood, good marriage, great kids. He wouldn't have done anything any different and wouldn't change a single thing. He loved all his grandkids so much - including the grandchild with whom he shared a love of table tennis- who lovingly adopted Wade as her grandfather.

Words that best describe Wade are Family, God, Responsibility, Honesty, Unselfish, and Easy Going. There was always a sparkle in his eye that made you smile and wonder what he was up to. His graciousness and loving kindness will be greatly missed by all.

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