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1938 Herbert 2023

Herbert McBride, Jr.

April 16, 1938 — April 2, 2023

Herbert Leon McBride Jr. of Trussville passed away peacefully on April 2, 2023, after a battle with Alzheimers, surrounded by his family.

Herb was born in Helena, Alabama on April 16,1938. He grew up in Birmingham and was a graduate of Woodlawn High School. While there, Herb played for both championship football and baseball teams. Throughout his lifetime, his love for Woodlawn continued with longtime friends devoted to giving scholarships through The Kenny Morgan Scholarship Foundation, where he served on the board.

Herb attended Auburn University and Howard College. In 1960, he married the love of his life of 62 years, Anita Harper McBride. He was a member of the 117th National Guard Unit where he served in France during the Berlin Crisis. Herb dedicated his life to serving others through the Herb McBride Insurance Agency where he retired in 2003. He served on many boards and organizations in Jefferson County, including The Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center where he helped lay the groundwork of the new stadium that is there today. He was a member at Crosspoint Baptist Church in Trussville, Alabama.

Herb was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He adored his family and loved celebrating their accomplishments. Herb and Anita were blessed with three children: Debbie McBride Gossett (Tom), Ronnie McBride (Koni) and Donnie McBride (Cori). He was the Papa to Matthew Gossett, Lacey Gossett Gurley (Will), Madalyn McBride Lyle (Kameron), Malorie McBride, Jaxon Waldrop and Presley McBride. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Leon McBride Sr. and Pauline South McBride. He is survived by his sister, Patricia McBride Fallows of Tucson, Arizona.

Never meeting a stranger, Herb loved and valued the many friendships that he made throughout his life. He longed to be around people, invested in them and was so curious about the lives of others. When you were around Herb, he made you feel like the most important person in the room. He was very generous and loved by so many. While he will be missed, the impact he made on the lives of others will forever live on.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

A private graveside will be held at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East in Trussville, AL.

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