Harold Cade

Harold Cade

Harold Cade’s photo will sit in Lisa Blundell’s office as long as she is in education.

Cade, 95, died Tuesday. His services are pending with the Barefield Funeral Home.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Vanessa Hicks-Callaway

Christian, teacher, coach, mentor, Kiwanian and friend; these are but a few of the ways I will remember Mr. Harold Cade. As I express my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, Kiwanians, and colleagues of Mr. Cade, I cannot help but feel privileged to have known such a man. Unashamedly, I have and will continue to do my best to mimic the example this man effortlessly displayed as he lived out such a remarkably well-lived life. This is a man who knew all too well the pain of the civil rights movement which included discrimination and actual racism-because he lived it. However, Mr. Cade, whom I met after his coaching days, was kind, soft-spoken, professional, and extremely dedicated to helping people of all walks of life as demonstrated by his long-term, highly awarded, membership with the Kiwanis Club of Victoria, Texas. I was a member for about five years, and I do not recall him ever missing a meeting unless he was very ill. He personally encouraged me many, many times at Kiwanis Club meetings by whispering to me: “Vanessa, you are doing a great job in our community. Keep it up!” It was as if he saw something in me. I, being somewhat ashamed to even be given a second thought by such a man, would always say, “Thank you Mr. Cade; I will.” We should all take a moment to marvel at his life and legacy. Cade Middle School is blessed to have his namesake. Can you imagine how great this world would be if we all tried to live up to the values espoused by Mr. Harold Cade? If you are reading this, it is not too late. God, thank you for giving us such a rare gift of Mr. Harold Cade. God, thank you for leaving us with his legacy of brilliance that has forever etched out a place of prominence in the hearts of all who knew him and in this great community.

Ricky Lenz

We were deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Cade had passed away. Mr. Cade was a fine, Christian gentleman who dedicated his life to helping others. I first got to know Mr. Cade well when he was assistant principal at Stroman High School back in 1968. I was Lieutenant Governor of Key Club for District 27. I was trying to start a Key Club. Mr. Cade came to assistance and we got a Key Club started at Stroman. I will never forget his guidance. Without his help, I would never had been able to start the new Key Club. We were glad to see that named a middle school after Mr. Cade. Mr. Cade needed to be recognized for his legacy of the profession of education. Naming a middle school in his name was much needed. He helped out so many young people. We know that many people will miss him. May God bless the entire Cade family during your time of loss.

Ricky and Carol Ann Lenz

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