He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and faithful wife, Bettye Duncan McDade; one daughter, Samille A. McDade; four sons, Michael A. McDade, Printes M.(Ursula) Duncan of Ellenwood, Georgia, Gerald M. (Alesha) Cooke, Courtney Z. McDade; five grandsons, Jacobie J. Moorer, Robert L. Thrasher, Michael A. McDade Jr., Parker H. Duncan, and Gerald M. Cooke Jr.; three granddaughters, Tiffany N. Wilson, Kennedy E. Duncan, and MaKhya D. Thornton; three great-grandchildren, Jacobie J. Moorer, Jr., Jakayla J. Moorer, and Samiah N. Thrasher; two sisters Elizabeth McDade and Lela M. Person-McDade; two brothers-in-law, Willie J. (Pricilla)Duncan Jr. and Joe Duncan; sister-in-laws Ida Mae Farris, Bernice (Willie) Oliver, Ann (Jerome) Barnes, a devoted niece Michelle (Geoffrey) Carter; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Upon graduating from Alabama State University in 1969, he followed the distinguished Director of Bands at Carter Godwin Woodson High School, Mr. Henry Arthur Duncombe, Jr., in Andalusia, Alabama. Dr. C.C. Baker was Principal of Woodson High School.
Samuel McDade was employed by the Montgomery County Board of Education and began teaching History and band at Montgomery County High in Ramer, Alabama. He also served as Director of Bands for the Montgomery County High Marching Band.
In 1978, Samuel McDade began working for Bell-south where he served as a cable splicer and was apart of the company track team until his retirement in 2002.
Samuel McDade performed on trombone in numerous Montgomery popular bands such as; King Tutt and The Untouchables, Syndicate Band and Harold Young and The Magnificents. He also toured internationally with recording artist, Clarence Carter.
Samuel McDade was active in the community. He attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Johnny J. Hollis, where sang lead in the male chorus. He was a proud member of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama, Hamilton Lodge No. 365. He was also a member of the international Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Southern Pride Lodge No. 432 where he was awarded “Man of the Year” in October of 2003.
The memorial service for Mr. McDade will be Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12 Noon at Mercy Missionary Baptist Church 4720 Bell Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116.