Willie James Wade of Buffalo died Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center after a short illness. He was 53.
Born in Meridian, Miss., Mr. Wade moved to Buffalo in the early 1950s and attended East High School. He worked at Petroleum Gasoline & Auto Shop.
Mr. Wade was a member of Jordan Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Rosie Lee Chapman; two sisters, Vera Glenn and LeNore Chapman; and two brothers, Michael Chapman and Jerry Chapman.
A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday in Jordan Grove Baptist Church, 1264 Kensington Ave., preceded by a wake at 11.