USAF Retired Tech Sergeant Jack F. McBride passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville due to complications from a chronic illness. He was surrounded by loved ones and began his next journey peacefully and in no pain. He lived a full life with so many wonderful memories. But as he often said, he was the “last leaf on the tree” and it was time.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, a son, his parents, and all of his siblings and their spouses.
Jack lost his first wife, Gladys, in 1972 to cancer. He later married Bobbie Lou and lost her to cancer as well in 2010. He lost his oldest son, F. Jay McBride of Brownwood in 2015.
Also preceding him in death were his parents Evans and Emma McBride, and all of his siblings and their spouses, including the McBride boys: Stanley (Camilla), Julius (Wilma), Homer (Ruby Doris), Dow (Sylvia), Ernest (Esther), Bobby Gene, Dale (Malee), Joe (Frances), James (Betty), and the only girl Joy (Bussie) Boaz.
He endured so much loss over a lifetime but remained strong and surely fought hard until the very end.
Jack was born on May 22, 1926, in May, Texas to Evans and Emma McBride. He was raised on the family farm in May with his many brothers – and one sister. He graduated from May High School, and began his military career in 1943.
Jack served our country in the U.S. military for over 20 years. He served one term in the U.S. Naval Service overseas as an Electrician’s Mate on the New Hebrides Islands of the South Pacific Ocean. After one term in the Navy and a short stint in the Army, he found his home in the Air Force.
In 1951, he met and married Gladys, the mother of his five children.
He completed his 20 years of military service and retired from the Air Force in 1965.
In his civilian career after military life, he was an electrical inspector for the cities of Odessa and Denton for many years. He then moved back to Brownwood, where he lived the rest of his life. His work in Brownwood included working at the Brownwood woolen mill, owning Mama’s Market and Manny’s produce. But his last job, and the one he loved the most, was ranching and working cattle with brothers Dale and Ernest.
Jack is survived by his children Jack E. McBride, Jula Hill and husband Rodney, Jeanine Webb and husband Glenn, and Jan Plance and husband Norm. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many very special nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the staff of CMS Healthcare and the nurses at the hospital in Stephenville for the compassion and gentle loving care you provided to Jack over the last few years. A special thanks to Mary, with CMS Healthcare, for the individual love and friendship you gave to him with his personal care. And to Dr. Miranda Nash, in Stephenville, a very special thank you for your wisdom and guidance to him through this process. You advised him as you would your own grandfather and he loved and trusted you for it. We know you both will miss him too.
Services will be held at Heartland Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Viewing/visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with 2 p.m. service at Heartland’s chapel, and interment following at May Cemetery with military honors.