Chester Wade, 73, of Madisonville, Tenn., formerly of Cherokee, died Aug. 4, 2014, following a brief illness.
Born in Browning, Mont., he was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and worked building roads throughout the country. Chester was a skilled leather craftsman and also made beautiful Native American jewelry. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and loved going fishing.
Chester is preceded in death by first wife, Mildred Wade; second wife, Wanda Weaver Wade; parents, Anderson and Ina Wade and his son, Traig Wade. He is a survived by daughter, Trina Stiles and husband Doug of Dillsboro; granddaughter, Savannah Stiles of Dillsboro; two brothers, Arthur Wade of Whittier and Luther Wade of Kings Mountain; stepdaughter, Brenda Kesterson of Madisonville, Tenn., and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and stepchildren.
Chester was much loved and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com