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.