Just before the twilight hours of the twenty-fourth day in January of 2024, Tina Gayle Wade went home to the Kingdom of God to finally rest within the arms of Jesus. Her journey to Heaven follows a courageous and valiant 13-month-long battle with brain cancer. She was born on January 8, 1959, in Holyoke, Massachusetts and recently celebrated her 65th birthday.
Tina has been joyfully reunited in Paradise with both of her parents, David and Lynn Bridgers. She has undoubtedly been welcomed into Eternity by her beloved grandparents, uncles, and several extended family members who have gone before her. Diann, her best friend, was assuredly waiting patiently in line to show her around and take her roller skating on the streets of gold. Death was not sudden for Tina, and she knew that it would come with her terminal diagnosis. She found comfort, peace, and strength by imagining her homecoming and talked about it often.
Although Tina could find comfort through Jesus and knew what waited for her in Heaven, she was never truly ready to go. She knew her diagnosis was terminal but never stopped believing in the possibility of a cure. At only 65 years old, she couldn’t bring herself to imagine leaving her life and loved ones behind. She led a simple, ordinary life but she was in no rush to trade it in, not even for supreme healing, divine perfection, or her mama. Her cancer was aggressive, and its impacts were overwhelmingly relentless, and yet she still preferred to endure the fight if that meant just one more day here on earth with her family. As far as Tina was concerned, Heaven was right here with the ones she loved.
Tina now watches over the heartbroken family that she so proudly created. She watches and waits steadfastly for her beloved “Muttley”, her husband of 36 years. She and Robert Duane Wade were married on July 17th (or 18th depending on who you ask) in 1987. She was, and will forever be, the love of his life; his one and only “Weebie Boo”.
Tina also watches over her four devoted children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They all love her fiercely and miss her physical presence beyond measure. Being “Nannie” was the greatest joy in Tina’s life and it was her grandbabies that kept her fighting until the very end. There were still so many birthdays left, so many school concerts to see, so many books left to read, so many gallons of Kool-Aid to make, so many late-night chats to have, so many “Nannie-hugs” to give, so many Christmases left to spend together. The life and legacy that she left behind were truly formed in the hearts of her children and grandchildren. They include her oldest daughter, Shannon (Ervin) and 3 grandchildren – Savannah, Adam, and Jesse; her only son, Buddy, and 5 grandchildren – Dylan, Sebastian, Ethan, Aydan, and “Cupcake”; Elizabeth (TJ) and four grandchildren, Devin, Bella, Ashleigh, and Jonah; Stephanie (Kevin); and three grandchildren Mimi, Sydney, and Mallory; her only great-grandson, sweet baby Matthew, born to her oldest granddaughter, Savannah.
Tina also leaves behind her first-ever best friend and baby sister, Jana Scantling; two nieces and a great-nephew, Alleigh Scantling, Matt, and Jennie Lamson. Among other extended family members, she also leaves behind and now watches over her favorite cousin, Jill Campbell.
Over the years, as Tina’s children grew up, as they often tend to do, countless friends became “adopted siblings” and knew her best as “Mom”. We could never fit them all in here, but we can’t speak of Tina’s legacy without including Sammy, Jason, Selena, and Ashley. She loves you all so very much and always considered you one of her own. Her daughter, Elizabeth, along with her siblings, could fill a stadium with childhood friends that were adored, fed, cared for, and fussed at by Tina in the most motherly of ways – even if that meant pulling out the bat. Mama did what Mama had to do to set some of the knuckleheads straight and we were all grateful for her….and her bat.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Tina’s honor on Saturday, February 3. Additional details are to be provided at a later date.
Tina loved flowers and the family would be honored to receive floral arrangements in her memory. If you would like to send flowers for her Celebration of Life, please have them delivered to 10000 Qualla Rd Chesterfield VA 23832 by Friday, February 2, 2024.