On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Gene Henry McBride, husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 69 years. Gene was born in Wichita, Kansas on July 7, 1949. Later, he was married to Julia Ann Bratcher on December 4, 1966 and would celebrate 52 years of marriage on Tuesday of this week. In 1976, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Over the years, he became known as “grandpa” to more than just his family because of his generous, kind, loving, and selfless demeanor. He credits this peace to Jesus Christ. Working for Delta Airlines for 28 years and serving as an elder at his church, MC3, formerly known as Mount Carmel Christian Church, he spent his life being a witness to Jesus until the last days of his life. Gene McBride is survived by his wife, Julia McBride, two brothers, Charles Merle McBride, Michael Wayne McBride, and Wanda Marlene Page Barton Greene his children Julia McBride Martin (Lenard Martin), Barbara McBride Everson (Kelly Everson) and Gene McBride Jr. (Lily McBride), his grandchildren, Lenard Martin Jr., Ireland McBride, Tiffany McBride, Kristin McBride and LoriAnna McBride and his beloved canine companions, Chloe, Ziggy and Arthur. Gene is preceded in death by his mother, Lula Marie Jones McBride Page, father, Bruce Henry McBride, his brothers, Bruce Harold McBride and James Richard McBride, his sisters, Karen Sue McBride Tanner, Wilma Jean McBride Smith, and Shirley Marie McBride Holt. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations may be given to MC3 Church or Atlanta Hospice. The McBride Family wishes to thank MC3, Atlanta Hospice, Emory University Hospital, Dr. Srihari Veeraraghavan (Dr. Vee), Art Stansberry and the elders of MC3, and Wages & Sons Funeral Home. The celebration of his life will be Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Art Stansberry at MC3 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The funeral will be preceded by a visitation beginning at 10 a.m at the same location. An open house will be held December 4, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the home of Gene and Julia McBride.

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  1. Gene was a very kind man.
    Always looks time to speak and say hello at Church.
    He was a man that did not shy away from responsibility and sense of duty in the Church but did not boost .
    He will be missed.

  2. “A Fine Christian Gentleman” is the epitaph I found back in the 70’s on my maternal Great Great Grandfather’s tomb stone (Thompson Morris)! I said then and now that’s what I aspire to have said as last words about me! I can most certainly say that “Gene was truly one fine Christian Gentleman!” He has won the prize of the high calling of God! We’ll look for you at Jesus feet!

  3. I remember Gene back in my younger days he was always a good father to Barbara Julie and Jean Junior and he has a wonderful wife Julia as well he will be really missed from a lot he was a lovely man and a great father

  4. Such a sweet and gentle man……always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God has his arms on Gene now. Hugs and prayers.

  5. Uncle Gene was contagious; his laughter, sense of humor, love for Jesus, and love for his family! Jesus certainly said “We’ll done, my good and faithful servant!”. I love you, Uncle Gene!

  6. The world needs more Gene McBrides. His kindness and civility to all were more than mere politeness. When you love Jesus like Gene did it impacts behavior. I’m grateful that our paths crossed and Vicki and will certainly keep his family in our prayers.

  7. I remember Gene working at the school door entrance welcome people and helping with the children as they came in.
    He was a real dedicated Christian. He will be missed by so many Family and Friends.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Julia and the Family.

  8. Even though distance and life did not allow us to get to spend a lot of time together, I am greatful for the times we did have with this precious man. God bless you all.

  9. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO OUR FAMILY AND HE, JULIA, THOM AND BARBARA ARRENDALE ALONG WITH THEIR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS LIFTED MY FAMILY UP IN PRAYER SO MANY TIMES WHEN THREE OF US SISTERS WERE BATTLING CANCER SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THEY WERE FAITHFUL SUPPORTERS OF OUR SINGING GROUP, THE LAMBDINS AS WELL . OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH JULIA AND THE FAMILY.

  10. GENE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO MAC AND MYSELF, HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH JULIA AND THE FAMILY.

  11. We have such wonderful memories of Gene and Julie. We were buddies and our meds were best of friends. I loved Gene’s laugh and his smile that has grown in the years since he has been sick. He’s was such a good man and he loved his family. I loved you Gene, l know your with our Lord God

  12. What a sweet, sweet man. Haven’t been a member at Mount Carmel as long as others but I’ll never forget how welcoming he was when I first started attending. I don’t think I had ever seen him without a smile.

    Julia, I pray God’s comfort over you.

  13. I didn’t know Mr. McBride well, but I know how great a dad and husband he was and that’s all I need to know. Rest in perfect peace.

  14. Rest in Peace Mr. McBride your legacy of compassion, love and Kindness lives on. I’m a witness to that thru your daughter Barbara. My payer is that God comforts this family in their time of need.

  15. My condolences to Barbara and her entire family. We at Northside hospital wish to let you know that we grieve with you during this tough time. I pray that the Lord will give you and family peace and comfort and know that He loves you very much.
    God bless.

  16. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McBride, but I am a colleague and friend to his wonderful daughter Barbara. If Barbara is half the person Mr. McBride was, then the world and community will sorely miss him and is spirit. My prayers are with you at this time. Please know, you will be comforted and loved. Bless this family.

  17. Praying the Peace of God be with all of the family. Gene was a very good man and an example of a Godly servant. He and I were friends years ago at the Bethel Family Church in Decatur. I am thankful to have had the pleasure to know Gene and to be influenced by his faithfulness in serving our Heavenly Father.

  18. Gene’s legacy will live on in all the lives of those he touched. For to know Gene was to know a man who was faithful to the Lord and who served Him well. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Julia and family for their loss and pray for God’s comfort and peace during this time of your loss and in the days ahead.

  19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gene’s wonderful family. He is at home with our Lord and Saviour, free from pain and in God’s glory. Our current pastor just did a sermon on living in the favor of God through radical generosity, radical humility, radical obedience and radical forgiveness. Gene McBride was certainly a man who enjoyed God’s favor. Prayers for peace in Gene’s memories. With love, Richard and Sandi Rackleff

  20. To the wonderful McBride family
    I did not have the pleasure of getting to know Gene, however I do know his wife and his beatiful daughters. They are people I’ve come to know well and I am pleased and honored to call them friends.. at this time of your loss there are no words that could soothe your hearts at this great loss. But because I know all of you so well I feel confident in saying you will see him again,,,and he will be as you remember him running to meet you with no breathing issues.. take comfort in that thought.. it is but a short separation.

  21. A role model human being is an understatement. Uncle Gene was what all of us should strive to be in every aspect of life. You will be truly missed by so many. Fly high. I know you are watching down on so many of us loved ones and that is comforting.

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