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Gerald Wade DeYoung, age 69

Gerald Wade DeYoung, 69, peacefully passed away at his home in Searcy on September 18th, 2023. Wade was born in Beaumont, Texas on July 17th, 1954. He grew up in Hamshire, Texas, and later started his family in Winnie, Texas. He loved nature and used to be an avid fisherman. He also dearly loved his family and keeping up with the weather.

Wade was a simple man and the littlest things in life brought him the most joy. He was the happiest when he was around his children and grandchildren. He never met a stranger and would talk to anyone who offered conversation. He was the kindest man anyone would ever meet and would give a stranger the shirt off his back.

He is proceeded in death by his wife Linda DeYoung; parents, Walter and Dorothy DeYoung; brother, Wayne DeYoung; daughter, Stacy Sexton; son, Ronnie Sexton; grandsons, Preston Ray and Devin Abbott

Wade is survived by his three daughters, Rickie Jo Austin, and Kimberly Abbott and her husband Robert, Jennifer Schmuck and her husband Jeremy; brother, Kim DeYoung and his wife Linda; grandchildren, Alex, Stacy, Tori, Lance, Kourtlyn, Kayleigh, James, Lyndi, Kali, Landon, and McKenzie; greatgrandchild, Ronnie Segura; Closest Nephews, Wesley, and Casey DeYoung. Wade was also expecting the arrival of two new great-grandchildren.

Wade will never be forgotten as a father, “pawpaw”, and friend. He will forever be missed and his love for his family will live on for eternity.


  • Ruby Bell Posted September 23, 2023 11:06 AM

    Sincere condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

    • Kayleigh Abbott Posted September 24, 2023 6:29 PM

      Thank you for your kind words. They are greatly appreciated. God bless

    • Jennifer Schmuck Posted September 25, 2023 9:58 AM

      Thank you 😊

  • Becky Rodriguez Posted September 24, 2023 8:28 PM

    I love you, Wadey and I love your family..our family..I will always have kind and warming memories of you. Rest easy and you’ll always be loved❣️

    • Jennifer Schmuck Posted September 25, 2023 9:58 AM

      Oh, Becky we love you soooo much too! He always said how pretty and crazy you were lol. Love you cuz 💗

  • Jerry Stepan Posted September 27, 2023 1:05 PM

    So sorry to hear of Wayde’s passing. Don’t know why I even searched his name today but I did. Wish I’d have done it sooner. He was a great guy and long time friend. So sorry for his family.

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