John R. McBride

May 4, 1933 - February 1, 2013
John R. McBride

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John McBride, 79, of Hendersonville, died Friday, February 1, at the Elizabeth House. Born in Attica, IN, he was a son of the late Arden O. and Eva Hutchins McBride. Raised in Danville, IL, he had lived in Glen Burnie, MD for many years prior to moving to Hendersonville 20 years ago. He received his BA from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and his Masters from Illinois Wesleyan University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He taught chemistry in Maryland for 30 years, including night classes at Anne Arundel Community college in Arnold, MD. He served as chairman of the science department for the Anne Arundel County school system. He was on the school board at Glen Burnie and was a wrestling coach and referee at Andover High School in Linthicum, MD. A devout Christian, he was deacon, song leader, Sunday school superintendent and state director of AWANA clubs in Maryland. He was a member of Etowah Baptist Church.

Mr. McBride is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Doris J. McBride; two sons, Rev. Bruce A. McBride and his wife Judith and Col. Terry L. McBride and his wife Becky; three daughters, Janice Boone and her husband Tim, Eva J. Rosner and her husband Chuck and Beth A. Barber and her husband Brian; fourteen grandchildren, Joshua, JoyAnna, John R., Josiah, Andrew, Aaron and Caitlin McBride; Nathan, Nevin, Niles and Natalie Rosner; Emma Hope and Luke Barber and Joseph Boone; several nieces and nephews and his devoted Yorkie, Charlie.

A funeral will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 6, at Etowah Baptist Church. Rev. Bruce A. McBride, Col. Terry L. McBride, Chaplain, U.S. Army, Afghanistan, Rev. Brian Henderson and Rev. Dr. Buddy Mullinax will officiate. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park with military honors rendered by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post #77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post #5206 and Chapter 14 of the DAV. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM Wednesday at Etowah Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Etowah Baptist Church, 6508 Brevard Rd. Etowah, NC 28729.

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  • February 06, 2013
    Nick and Chrissy Mintz says:
    Praying for God to pour out His grace on the family. We are sorry for your loss.

  • February 14, 2013
    B says:
    Dear Ms. Doris & Family, I hope in this time of sorrow you will find peace. Your husband was a wonderful man and I am better for knowing him the short time that I did. He made everyone's day brighter and will be remembered for his accomplishments, his biggest being his pride and joy, his family. Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." has always helped me in such times.Perhaps it will bring you such comfort.You have such a kind heart and those always seem to take the longest to mend but always remember you aren't alone. God is with you always.Your family is always there for you.You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, B

  • February 12, 2013
    TS says:
    My sincere condolences to the McBride Family. May you all find comfort during this painful time. To loose a loved one brings us great sorrow to our hearts. Please know that God cares and he promises to resurrect our dear loved ones sleeping in death John 5:28,29- those in their memorial tombs will hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out; Acts 24:15- there is going to be a resurrection of both righteous and unrighteous. They will be resurrected back to life on a paradise earth where death will be no more. Revelation 21:4- death will be no more; Isaiah 25:8-Jehovah God will swallow up death forever. Please find these scriptures comforting and draw close to God and he will draw close to you. James 4:8. Please read these scripture along with your personal copies of the bible and for more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

  • February 11, 2013
    The Fothergills and the Arnolds says:
    To Aunt Doris, Bruce, Terry, Janice, Eva and Beth. You are in our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow. Uncle John was such a unique man with a commanding voice and an infectious laugh. You know if he laughed everyone did! He never complained about anything. He learned computers and the use of the internet quicker than any of us. Of all his great accomplishments (and there were so many) he was most proud of his family. We loved coming to visit this side of our family. Between him, Doris and Grandmother these visits were our favorites. We understand how it hurts to lose your father and know it gets a little easier to bear each day. Keep the memories in your heart and know we are with you. We hope to see all of you soon. Aunt Reba, Jan and Sam

  • February 10, 2013
    Craig Martin says:
    He was an amazing man and a great example of a husband and father. I remember him telling us at AWANA's to "Look Sharp, Feel Sharp, Be Sharp!" My condolences to the McBride family. My the Lord always bring you comfort!