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Lennis Preston Wade

June 30, 1933 - December 7, 2021

Lennis Preston Wade, 88, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, while at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1933 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Lennis Robert Wade.

Preston attended EC Glass High School, where he and the late Coach Bryan later established the Bryan-Wade Fund for athletes. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in the class of 1955, where he was in the Corps of Cadets, serving as Corps Commander his senior year. After college he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force before returning to Lynchburg to work at Wiley & Wilson Engineering and Architectural Firm where he later became Chairman of the Board and CEO. He was an active member of the community and was Chairman of the Lynchburg Bicentennial Committee.

Preston was preceded in death by his wife, Jett Preble Wade. He is survived by three daughters, Gale Preble Wade, Larke Wade Riordan and Stephanie Preston Wade, all of Lynchburg, Virginia; his sister, Myrna Wade Schiattareggia, of Chevy Chase, Maryland; three grandchildren, Jessica Renee Wade, John Preston Riordan (Christina) and William Benton Riordan and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Fort Hill Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that loving support be directed to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

A graveside service will be held at Fort Hill Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that loving support be directed to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. When your Mom was in rehab at VBH, we would sometimes eat lunch together. I always enjoyed talking with him.

Posted by Susan Wade on December 14, 2021

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