Wade Lee Dupree, 78, of Nogales, Ariz., formerly of Wilkes County, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Brightpointe at Rivershire in Conroe, Texas. Mr. Dupree was born June 30, 1941, in Durham to Ralph Lee and Wilma Giles Dupree.
He graduated from high school in Fayetteville and attended Campbell College in Buies Creek. He came to North Wilkesboro as an employee of Lowes Hardware in the late 1960s and met and married the love of his life, Jean Johnson. They remained in Wilkes until his retirement and then moved to Arizona to be close to Jean’s roots. He partnered with his brother-in-law in hotels and restaurants until they were sold. At that time, he opened a consulting business until his health became an issue and he moved to Texas to be near his sister and her family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; a brother-in-law, J.C. Faw; a niece, Jennifer Kyzer Tully; several aunts and uncles; and quite a few fur babies whom he adored.
He is survived by a sister, Linda D. Hensley and husband, Dean; his nephews, Chandler Woerndell and Lance Tully, both of Conroe, Texas; a sister, Judy D. Faw of Wilkes; a niece, Sloan Bodford of Wilmington; a nephew, Guilford Barnhill and wife, Stephanie, of Raleigh; a nephew, Aaron DeLuca of Dallas, Texas; his brother-in-law, Charles Johnson and wife, Claudia; his nephews, Jeff Johnson and Ryan Johnson, all of Colorado; two sweet aunts and many cousins who created many happy memories; and a host of dear friends whom he cherished.
There will be no service due to COVID-19, however, his wish was to have his ashes buried with his beloved “Jeannie” in Fort Collins, Colo.
Memorials may be made to ASPCA or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
If Wade could have told us goodbye, he would have undoubtedly said, “Bless ya heart.”
“Onward and upward!”