Wade Lawrence Mizell III died Sunday, June 2, 2013 following a long illness.
A graduate of Porter Military Academy, he joined the Air Force during the Korean War, serving as a radio operator and drill sergeant. During his eleven-year career, he earned the Korean War Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award and Good Conduct Medal. After service he studied for and earned the distinction of Master Piano Tuner/Technician serving Wake County and surrounding areas. Most notably he serviced the music departments of NC State, Peace (now William Peace), Meredith, St. Augustine’s and Barton College in Wilson. The last fourteen years of his tuning career was spent at Meredith College tuning and rebuilding their pianos, as well as overseeing their piano purchases and sales. During that time the tuned for touring artists, such as Dionne Warwick, Peter Nero, Ronnie Milsap, Lyle Lovett and Victor Borge, just to name a few.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Maness Mizell of the home; daughters from a previous marriage, Karen Elizabeth and Nancy Lynn of Raleigh and husband Kerry Good; brothers, Kenneth, and wife, Sandra of Youngsville, NC; Woody of Murrells Inlet, SC; sister, Patricia Waddell and husband, Larry of Hampton, VA.
Wade was a talented jazz musician who played piano; encouraged many aspiring young musicians to follow their dreams and mentored others who eventually became music teachers and professional musicians.
A memorial service will be held Saturday June 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Boles Funeral Home, Southern Pines with the Rev. Rod Stone officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 28370, Pinehurst, NC 28370; Moore County SPCA, 5355 NC Hwy 22, Carthage, NC 28327 or The Interfaith Food Pantry, 110 Knight Street, Aberdeen, NC 28315.
Online condolences may be left at: www.bolesfuneral home.com
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of Southern Pines, NC is assisting the family.