McDade, Connie June

Well-Respected Hamilton County Teacher And Administrator; Services Moved To Brainerd Baptist

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Connie McDade
Connie McDade

Connie June McDade of Walden passed away on December 8, 2017 with her loving husband, Lee McDade, family and friends by her side.

She was born June 12, 1965, in Chattanooga. Connie was a proud graduate of Tennessee Temple High School, Class of 1983 and a 1994 graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and a summertime worshiper at Little Brown Church.

She began her well-respected teaching career in 1996 with Hamilton County at Mountain Oaks Elementary, followed by Soddy Elementary. The majority of her career was spent at Thrasher Elementary before becoming assistant principal at Big Ridge Elementary in 2016. She was a three-time recipient of the Hamilton County Teacher of the Year Award.

Her love for her husband, friends, family and community is a legacy that will continue to warm hearts and inspire others for years to come. She was an avid runner who loved to travel. Connie and her husband, Lee McDade, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past Tuesday. Connie’s radiant smile will forever be cherished.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Amos P. and Ella Imogene Burrell.

She is survived by her husband Lee McDade , sister, Sharon Winnie (Gary); brothers, Amos P. Burrell Jr. (Debbie) and John Burrell (Jennifer); Niece, Malissa Winnie; Nephews, Matthew, Evan and Owen Burrell, Gary Winnie, Blake, Ian, and Jared  McDade, and Andrew Henry, as well as a multitude of devoted friends, fellow teachers and administrators, and her pride and joy – countless area students.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., with Reverend Raymond Nix officiating.  Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens East.

Honorary pallbearers will be current teachers and staff of Big Ridge Elementary School and current teachers, former staff of Thrasher Elementary School.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at the East Chapel.

Those wishing to honor Connie’s memory are welcome to make contributions to: Big Ridge Elementary, In Honor of Mrs. Connie McDade, 5210 Cassandra Smith Road, Hixson, Tn. 37343.

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37412.

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