Clifton Elliott Wade

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Clifton Elliott Wade, age 70, of Columbus, Ohio passed away peacefully on June 13, 2022.

Clifton was born on April 8, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the first born son to Clifton Elijah Wade and Betty Lou Dawson-Wade and was affectionately given the nickname “Man” as a child by his family.

Clifton was a graduate in the proud Class of 1970 of Linden Mckinley High School, where he played football, basketball and wrestling.

After high school, he went on to serve in the United States Army Reserve and attended The Ohio State University. In 1981, Clifton was appointed Branch Manager at Dollar Savings Bank and diligently served his communities banking needs for many years. Clifton was an avid fisherman, lover of music, sports and a LOYAL Cleveland Browns fan! He also loved to bowl, play bid whist with his family and spend time with his friends.

In 1976, he married Cynthia L. Wade. From this union, his two most prized possessions were born, Cristina and Cicely.

Clifton is predeceased by his grandparents;
Elijah Wade and Muriel Wade, James Taylor Dawson and Juliana Dawson. Parents; Clifton Elijah Wade and Betty Lou Dawson – Wade. Sisters; Paula Michelle Wade, Diane Watters and Jacqueline Marie Jackson.

He is survived by his loving companion, Alisia C. Biko-Lane. Loving daughters; Cristina (Christopher) Plummer, Cicely Wade and dedicated bonus son, Tyler Aarington. Grandchildren; Taleya Oshodi, Cristian Oshodi and Taylor Sims. Brother; Pastor Ronald (Sharon) Wade. Special aunt, Martha Franklin, special uncle, Thomas Dawson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). The repast will be held following services at The Concourse Event Center & Lofts
6119 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213, at 12 pm. To stream the service, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The WADE Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. Charmel Burton Carter

    Condolences to the family

  2. Edward & Dianna Poindexter

    Dear, Ronnie, Sharon and the entire family and friends of Clifton Wade: Our hearts are broken for you all. Please, know that you are in our prayers and our thoughts. You have our deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences! May the Lord be your refuge and strength during this difficult time. Ps. 46:1 kjv

  3. Cliff was a true friend that you could count on. I am going to miss the sliding and cracking that we did to each other but I am really going to miss you being on the road with me. RIP

  4. Timothy Easley

    Sorry for Your Lost,..

  5. Vincent Crouch

    My condolences to the family. Clifton was an original big brother from another mother.Always looked out for the 4 of us.

  6. Buffy Poulson

    To the Wade Family, Christina, and Cicely, my prayers and love to you all as you work through such a difficult time. Clifton was such a kind man…he will be missed. God will be with you as you continue the legacy of your family.

  7. Clifton was part of the Brentnell eleven we participated in all sports he will be missed. Every time I came back to Columbus I always contacted Cliff. Rest on my brother. To the family weep not on what you think you have lost but rejoice on what you have gained in the LORD an angel to look over you.
    Kent Berry, Kansas City, Missouri

  8. My sincerest condolences to the Wade Family. You have my deepest sympathy. Praying for peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love during this time of sorrow. Clifton and his family were part of the original Brentnell neighborhood. Him and I were the closest of friends since around the age of six years old. We grew up from childhood to manhood. In our adult years he went to work as a Branch Manger at a bank and I went into the Air Force. But every time I came home to visit my family I also made sure I saw my other brother Cliff. I will miss him dearly.

  9. just one old white soldier saying thank you to the family of a black soldier who served during the same era. it was not easy and scant thanks was offered to any soldier of that time but especially to black soldiers of that time, or any other. i always read the obituaries of soldiers and offer them thanks in my prayers with special thanks to those who offered to serve a country which has seldom served them. Please know that there are those of their fellow soldiers who hold them in highest regard. My condolences on the loss of this good and faithful servant of God and country.

  10. Gail-Watters-Brazell

    My heartfelt condolences to other family and friends of Clifton Wade. Cliff was a gentle giant of a person and will be truly missed. I pray God’s comfort and strength be yours at this time and forward.

  11. Judy Taite. (Mayo)

    Ronnie my heart is broken along with yours I am so sorry for your loss of your big brother. I have many good memories of the years that we were growing up in Brentnell and going to school at Brentnell, Duxberry, Linmoor, and Linden McKinley. Clifton was a really good guy and will be missed by all who knew and loved him May God comfort you and your family

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