George Cleveland Cade was born on October 21, 1934, in Elberton, GA to the union of John and Irma Cade. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served his country in Vietnam. It was in the military that George learned to cook. While in the Army, he met his beloved wife, Alice Gray, and they were quickly married and produced one son, Louis Cleveland Cade. George attained numerous decorations in the Army, including the Bronze Star. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and eight months before retiring at the high rank of E-9, Sergeant Major Military Policeman Corp in 1974, and settling in Fayetteville, NC.
George quickly began his second career as a real estate agent, and his charismatic personality led to much success. He never met a stranger, and many clients became close friends, and close friends became clients. His real estate career spanned many years, most at Council Real Estate, before he eventually started Cartwright & Cade Real Estate with his dear friend Richard before he finally retired a second time.
George was an outstanding citizen, committed to his community, and a man of great faith. He belonged to numerous civic organizations, including the Retired Military Association, DAV Chapter 46 in Fayetteville, Retired Military Police Association, where he served as president for 2 years. Additionally, George was a devoted member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6018, where he served as the Commander for 2 years, was awarded an All-State certification, and acted as the Civil Preparedness Chairmen for the Department of NC VFW for two years. George was a member of the Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross and spent six years as a member of the Cumberland County Work Force Development, 4 of those years as Chairman, and received an award from Mayor Beth Finch. George Cade organized the Cumberland County Veterans Council, belonged to the American Legion Post 202, and served as the Commander for six years. He has won numerous awards, including two presidential citations, from former Presidents James E. Carter and Ronald Reagan. Notably, George was a proud recipient of North Carolina's highest honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented by state representative Elmer Floyd.
George was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Throughout the years, George would often be seen with one of his sidekicks, his son, or one of his granddaughters. He was a lover of jazz, an avid fisherman, and the best soul food cook and grill man. His friends often told him he should open a restaurant. Most significantly, to know George Cleveland Cade was to love him, and if you ever did him a favor, you were sure to hear, "I'll dance at your wedding."
On Friday, October 7, 2022, our beloved George was called home to be with the Lord. George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irma Cade, wife Alice Gray Cade, son Louis Cleveland Cade, brother Thomas Cade (Esther) and sisters, Mary McVay (Marshall), Loretta Cleveland (Truman), and Lois Patton (William). He leaves to cherish his memory: two granddaughters, Payton Cade and Tiffany Knott (Mandell); two great-granddaughters, Kylie Knott and Bella Knott; his very special friend Joyce Bowden; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many treasured friends.