The Daily Times, Maryville, TN. October 21, 2003


Neil McDade, age 81, died in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 19, 2003.

He was the son of Clint and Grace McDade of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on February 22, 1922. In his early years he owned and operated a variety of small businesses in the Chattanooga area, including Rivermont Orchids, an internationally recognized commercial greenhouse. After graduation from Vanderbilt University Owens School of Business at the age of 52, he served as the chief financial officer at a number of institutions of higher education across the South, including Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. Mr. McDade was very active in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and over the years had been an elder and advisor to several church organizations. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club with 50 years of continuous service. During his early retirement in Mobile, Alabama, he was Director of the Habitat for Humanity program.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Nashville, Tennessee; their two children, Dana Battaglia (Richard) and Mark McDade of Frederick, Colorado; his brother and sister-in-law, Everest and Edith; his grandchildren, Erin and Zachary; and a number of other family members.

For many years Mr. McDade held positions of community leadership in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and later, Mobile, Alabama. Mr. McDade was an avid traveler and reader with an unusually keen understanding of world affairs. His hobbies included boating and photography.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 21, at Belleview Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. The church is located at 100 Cross Timbers Drive. The church phone number is 646-1686. Reverend Raye Nell Dyer, chaplain at Vanderbilt Hospital, and Reverend Tom Lovell, pastor of Belleview Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Those wishing to pay their respects are requested to donate to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in lieu of sending flowers. Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home. 615-327-1111.