Wade Roberts Shanklin, 79, owner of Loading Automation Inc.

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Wade Roberts Shanklin
Wade Roberts Shanklin

After a brave struggle with Parkinson’s disease, Wade Roberts Shanklin, 79, of Wilmington, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Wade was born July 1, 1936, to parents Emmie Boroughs Shanklin and Wade Montgomery Shanklin of Lyman, S.C. After graduating Duncan High School in 1954, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology finishing with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Wade went on to serve as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force for four years. After 12 years with Burlington Industries, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening his own material-handling business. His current company, Loading Automation Inc., will continue to thrive in his memory by the care of his manager and devoted friend, Brett Murrill. Wade’s legacy will live on through Mr. Murrill and his loving staff, who he considered family.

Wade leaves his beloved wife of 25 years, Phyllis (Feigl) Shanklin; brother, Eugene (Emily) Shanklin; and daughters, Lynn (David) Shanklin Caldwell, Yvonne (Gary) Shanklin Wyatt and Christina (Brett) Petersen Tanner. He was ‘PaPa Wade’ to six grandchildren, Caswell, Cole, Callie, Franklin, Gage and Lucy. Wade is also survived by his former spouse, Ann Israel Shanklin.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24,at Andrews Mortuary, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Wrightsville United Methodist Church. Entombment will immediately follow in the mausoleum at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington. The family will receive friends and serve light refreshments at Wrightsville United Methodist Church following the entombment. A special thanks goes to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, for their loving care and support; and to Andrews Mortuary for handling the funeral arrangements.

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