Winning the Junior Lightweight Championship the same year he began boxing was a sign of success to follow for Wade. He went on to win the Open Division Championships the next two years. His amateur record in 38 fights was 37 wins and one loss. After just three years in the amateur ranks, Wade turned pro and posted a record of 48 wins, two losses and two draws. Wade retired from the ring in 1947 but continued in the sport by coaching and managing amateur boxers, including Bill Godfrey, Guido Capri, Jack Crumpton, Doc Campbell, and Walter Keys. Later he served three years as Chairman of the Greenville County Boxing Commission.
Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson and successfully operated his own engineering firm until his retirement.