Wade  Wilson


Charles Wade "Sticks" Wilson, 60, died at his home in Coppell, Texas, Feb. 1, 2019. It was his birthday.
Wade was born on Feb. 1, 1959 in Greenville, Texas to Glenna and Charles Wilson. He began his life in Wolfe City, Texas, attended elementary school in Quitman, Texas and grew up in Commerce, Texas where he graduated from Commerce High School and attended East Texas State University (Texas A&M University-Commerce).
Wade's favorite Bible verse was James 4:10: "Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." It was by this scripture, Wade lived his life. He was humble, thoughtful, sensitive, and kind. He was a private man.
Wade was an athlete and loved all sports, but his love for football was apparent at an early age. There are those who believe Wade was born with a football in his hand. Wade excelled at punt, pass, and kick competitions for youth, and advanced to the state competition in Texas Stadium at Irving. He was an All-District quarterback for the Commerce Tigers and an outstanding quarterback for ETSU, where he was named NAIA All-American.
In 1981, Wade was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings where he played quarterback for 10 years. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and ended his professional playing career with the Oakland Raiders in 1999. He was the NFC's leading passer in 1988, with a 91.5 passer rating that earned him Pro Bowl honors. He served as Troy Aikman's backup quarterback when the Dallas Cowboy's won Super Bowl XXX. In 2000, Wade began his NFL coaching career when he became the quarterback coach for Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys. He served as the quarterback coach for the Chicago Bears, where he coached in Super Bowl XLI, and the Dallas Cowboys and had the opportunity to coach many fine quarterbacks, including Tony Romo and Dak Prescott. He was released from the Cowboys in 2018. In 1985, Wade was diagnosed with diabetes. He was a courageous competitor who overcame the disease to become an NFL starter at a time when it was widely believed that an insulin-dependent diabetic could not possibly quarterback an NFL team. Through diligence and education, Wade learned to manage his disease and enjoyed a 36-year career in the NFL, both as quarterback and coach. Wade worked tirelessly to promote diabetes education and research and has continually raised money for the American Diabetes Association.
Wade was devoted to his children who will cherish the memories of the backyard barbeques, playing catch in the driveway, and "piling up" on the coach for family nights at home. Wade balanced a demanding career to ensure his children felt the love he carried for them in his heart, always. A friend, a mentor, a leader, an inspiration, Wade's unexpected death has saddened many who loved him.
Wade is survived by Sherry Gehrking, his partner of 20 years; his four children, Travis and his fiancé Kathleen, Hayden, Sophie and Cole; and their mother Kathryn Troutt and her mother Greta; his father William Charles Wilson and wife Sharon; his sister Charlotte Wilson Sheets and husband Joe; and his brother David Wilson and wife Karen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenna.
He will be missed by cousins, nieces, nephew, friends, and former colleagues and teammates.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Wade Wilson has asked that memorial contributions be sent to the American Diabetes Association to honor his legacy at https://tinyurl.com/Wadeada.
Services: Visitation will be held 4-5:30 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75225.(recommended parking is in the parking garage located on the east side of the campus). Funeral Services will follow at 6 p.m. Wade will be laid to rest Sunday at a private graveside service at his family's cemetery.
Published on February 6, 2019
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Annette McKinney
Feb 24, 2019
Wade was always so nice and friendly in high school. Great athlete.
Steve Riley
Feb 23, 2019
Great teammate, close friend, one of the best guys I’ve ever known. My wife Jan and I loved Wade and had plans to take a road trip with him and another former Viking teammate next September up to Minneapolis for the annual Viking Reinion Weekend. Wade was loooomg for to seeing his former teammates in Minnesota. We couldn’t wait to travel with Wade and enjoy his wit and humor reliving old times together. We are heartbroken at his loss and miss him more than words can express. We loved our dear friend. RIP Wade until we meet again 💜Steve and Jan Riley
Larry Cain
Feb 18, 2019
Remember Wade all over the football field when his Dad Charlie Wilson was coach at Quitman High School. Knew Wade was special back then and followed his career often. RSP
Pat Conway
Feb 10, 2019
May you rest in the peace of our savior. May your family while missing you in a physical shape in this life, let you live in their hearts and minds so that you truly never leave them.
Ralph Spencer
Feb 09, 2019
Thanks Wade for your allowing me to see your excellence on the field as a quarterback and your excellence as a coach with the Dallas Cowboys. It's interesting, you were the coach that really guided Dak Prescott in his rookie year and I knew he was missing you earlier this year. Rest easy..life well-lived..impactful.
Mary Rublein
Feb 09, 2019
I did not you know you Wade, but like many, I watched you so many times on the field battling opposing teams, never knowing about your own personal daily battle against diabetes. How brave, how courageous you were; not allowing the vicissitudes of life to defeat you; fighting for your dream and making it a reality. Be at peace up in heaven. My condolences to your family that they must be without you for a while, but all will be reunited in God's kingdom one day and there is comfort in knowing that.
Feb 09, 2019
Texas lost a great man, my condolences
Sara Shanley
Feb 08, 2019
Wade was always so gracious to our family. My sons, Stephen and Michael, had the opportunity to play sports with Hayden at ESD. Stephen and Hayden were classmates. Wade will be missed and I know in my heart that Mike Shanley was there to greet him in Heaven.
L. Thomas Sampong
Feb 06, 2019
Wade: Your 1987 victory over the Forty-niners is, bar none, my sweetest memory of a Viking victory. To have scaled some real obstacles on your NFL journey is quite a spiritual inspiration. I never knew you in person but your loss has left me painfully numb for days now. May the Lord grant your spirit enter peace and may your family and loved ones find solace in the fact that you did touch lives.