The Wade Geery family
. . . . . (give or take a couple
Descended from English and Dutch
ancestry, my generation is at least second generation
Americans. My maternal grandfather was named Philip H.
Van Drooge, born of Dutch parents in New York City in
1900. He emigrated to the United States in 1917 and was
naturalized in 1930. My paternal Grandfather (Eugene
Royal ) Geery was of English ancestry and came from
Kansas. They settled in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of
south Texas in the late 1930's as part of a pioneer
settlement of that portion of the Lone Star State. Royal
and his wife Cleta raised four boys on a10 acre citrus
orchard four miles north of Alamo, Texas. Jerry Lee
Geery, the second oldest son, married my mother Betty
Jean Van Drooge in October 1949, at the Alamo Community
Church in Alamo, Texas. My parents had four sons, Allan
Wade (b. 25 May 50), Patric Dana (b. 11 Dec 51), James
Joseph (b. 7 Feb 53), and Michael Sean (b.18 Apr 55).
Although my father died in a locomotive collision between
Donna and Alamo, Texas on 5 May 1955, we lived throughout
the remaining early formative years of my childhood in
the Lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas.
As a pre-teenager, my family moved to Austin, Texas in
1962. There I attended and graduated from Stephan F.
Austin High School in 1968. I earned a United States Army
Scholarship and attended Texas A&M University, where
I was a member of the Corps of Cadets. I majored in
Engineering Technology, civil option, specializing in
surveying. I graduated and was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Army on 6 May 1972; then
went on to complete a career in the US Army and retired
with the rank of Major in May 1992. In that same month, I
earned teaching credentials from the University of Texas
at El Paso and was certified to teach both elementary
(all subjects) and middle school science and math.
While attending Texas A&M University as a junior,
in 1970, I met my future wife (Sue) who was attending
Southwest Texas State University as a freshman. We were
married the following spring (8 May 1971) and raised four
children. All four were born in Germany during two of the
four overseas tours that I served while in the US Army.
Randall Lee(b. 23 June 73), Travis Wade (b.24 Feb 76),
Rebecca Kay (b.24 May 84), and Jessica Sue (b. 24 May
84). As you might suspect, the latter two children were
twins. Sue and I have two grandchildren; Randall's
daughter, Meghan Elizabeth born on 12 January 2000, and
Jessica's daughter, Rebecca Ann, born 21 June 2009.
Sue graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
and Early Childhood Development in May 1992. She is
employed by Norfork School District as a kindergarten
Our family resides at 12975 Highway 201 South; about a
half mile north of and outside the city limits of
Norfork, Arkansas. We own 115 acres ( approx 40 hectares)
of pasture and timber land about four miles away on the
banks of the White River. Our land is bounded on the
south by the White River and extends to a high bluff
overlooking the railroad tracks and then about
three-quarters of a mile inland.
Randy graduated, in 1991, from Eastwood High School in
Ysleta, Texas, a suburb of El Paso.
Travis (a graduate of Norfork High School in 1994)
graduated in 2000 from Arkansas State University, in
Jonesboro, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Studio
Art. Travis then obtained a Masters of Fine Arts Degree
from the University of Deleware in May 2002.
Rebecca and Jessica both graduated from Norfork High
School in May 2002 and spent a year attending a foreign
exchange program in Germany. Jessica graduated with an
Associates Degree from Arkansas State University at
Mountain Home in 2004 and Rebecca is graduated with a
Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts and Communitations degree
from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway in
December 2007. Both my wife and I are employed by Norfork
Schools as the elementary school kindergarden and science
Randy still lives in this area and has a daughter
named Meghan (b. 12 Jan 2000). He works at Epoxyn.Travis
resides in the area and teaches at the Baxter County
Alternative School. Rebecca lives in Little Rock and
works as a zone manager for Wal-Mart in the Jacksonville,
Arkansas area. Jessica married Eric Holowell on 14
October 2008, in Izard County, Arkansas and they now live
in Melbourne, Arkansas. They also have a daughter named
Rebecca (b. 21 June 2009).
Arkansas State University, Class of 2000
, Meghan Elizabeth, born 12 January 2000
Another of Meghan's photos, 15
in Bastrop, TX, 11 October 2000
Jessica's and Rebecca's High School Graduation, 17 May