July 7, 1949 ~ December 2, 2018
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.