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Samuel Kenneth ‘Kenny’ McDade, 66, owned and operated Tow2Tow Towing

Samuel Kenneth 'Kenny' McDade
Samuel Kenneth ‘Kenny’ McDade

WILMINGTON — Samuel Kenneth “Kenny” McDade, 66, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. He fought a long battle with cancer over the last three years.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debbie Chamblee-McDade; two sons, Ryan (Coy) McDade, and grandsons, Wyatt and Waylon, and Eric (Sarah) McDade, and step-grandson, Damien, all of Wilmington. He also leaves behind his mother, Betty (Gay) McDade of Knightdale; sister, Jeanette (Barry) Robinson of Christiansburg, Virginia; and nephew, Travis Grubb of Blacksburg, Virginia. Kenny had a special bond through life with his uncle, Sherrill Gay of Knightdale. Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Arthur McDade, in 2008.

Kenny and Debbie married in January 1979 and raised their family in Knightdale until moving to Wilmington in 2005. Kenny served on the Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He coached Ryan and Eric’s Little League soccer and baseball teams. They were members of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a service to their community throughout their lives in Knightdale. Kenny and Debbie enjoyed many years hosting parties and events with their lifelong friends there.

After moving to Wilmington, Kenny started Tow2Tow Towing and Recovery LLC. His son, Ryan, partnered with him in 2014, and son Eric works on his off days as a lieutenant with Carolina Beach Fire Department. Kenny was so very proud of Ryan’s hard work and dedication to the growth and ongoing success of Tow2Tow. He was as equally proud of Eric’s accomplishment as a firefighter. Kenny “Pops” will surely be missed by many. As he would say “I’ll see you later, Pal.”

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, with memorial services to follow, at the chapel of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service, with Tom Malin officiating. Family and friends are invited to dinner after the service at the family home, 5700 Myrtle Grove Road, Wilmington.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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