OBITUARY

Donald L. McBride

June 9, 1928August 6, 2018

Donald Lee McBride, Sr., was born on June 9, 1928 and went to be with our Lord on August 6, 2018. He grew up in what Don thought was most wonderful, Willoughby, Norfolk, VA, the son of Delmar and Mabel McBride.

He is survived by the love of his life for 66 years Elizabeth B. McBride and their children Donald Lee McBride, Jr. (Deborah), Carol McBride Belote (Mark); grandchildren Brooke Schott (Josh) Courtney Phipps (Jason) Jordan Lee McBride, Leeanne Belote, Marcus Lee Belote (Alex); great grandchildren Baileigh, Joshua, Ava and Colton.

Donald was proud to serve his country in the United States Army WW II. After returning home he became a part of the Norfolk Police Department. He then became employed by C & P Telephone (now Verizon) as a Staff Supervisor and had 34 years of service. He worked for the U.S. Government D.O.D. and Freedom Ford retiring from both. He was a member of Kempsville Baptist Church for 59 years and the Friendship Sunday School Class serving as President for many terms. His great joy was serving as an usher and greeting all on Sunday morning.

Don was a member of Ocean View Lodge # 335 AF &AM with 60 years, Kempsville Lodge #196 AF & AM for 19 years, Scottish Rite, 50 years, Khedive Shrine, past Chief Aide, past Director of Uniformed Units, Member of Legion of Honor, American Legion Post 113 and Telephone Pioneers of America.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Kempsville Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Kempsville Baptist Church Building Fund.

Friends may offer condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com

  • FAMILY

  • Elizabeth B. McBride, Love of his life for 66 years
  • Donald Lee McBride, Jr. and his wife, Deborah, Son
  • Carol McBride Belote and husband, Mark, Daughter
  • Brooke Schott and husband, Josh, Grandchild
  • Courtney Phipps and husband, Jason, Grandchild
  • Jordan Lee McBride, Grandchild
  • Leeanne Belote, Grandchild
  • Marcus Lee Belote and wife, Alex, Grandchild
  • Baileigh, Joshua, Ava and Colton, Great grandchildren
  • DONATIONS

  • Kempsville Baptist Church Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Donald L. McBride

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Bonnie (Oakley) Gwaltney

August 10, 2018

Our sincere condolences, Mrs. McBride, Carol, Donald and all extended family. Although it's been many years, vivid memories remain of our greatest connections with the McBride family at Kempsville Baptist Church. Even though my [Bonnie] dad has been gone 23 years, he was honored to serve as an usher alongside Mr. McBride, who he highly respected as did all of us and the Kempsville community. What an amazing Godly legacy of integrity and character he leaves behind. May the Lord comfort each of you knowing he is alive and well in his heavenly home. I know both our parents are excited to be reunited with him once again!
Our love to all,
Chuck & Bonnie Gwaltney

Buddy Youngblood

August 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. He was one of the finest men (if not the finest man) that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Every part of the earth is sacred.
Every open plain, every snowy mountain, every wave in the ocean.
We are part of the earth and the earth is part of us.
The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters, they bring beauty.
The air is precious, we all share the same breath.
The wind gives our children the spirit of life.
The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.
Like the blood which unites one family, we are all connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.
We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.
Give thanks for the web and it's circle that connects us.

Buddy Youngblood

August 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. He was one of the finest men (if not the finest man) that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Every part of the earth is sacred.
Every open plain, every snowy mountain, every wave in the ocean.
We are part of the earth and the earth is part of us.
The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters, they bring beauty.
The air is precious, we all share the same breath.
The wind gives our children the spirit of life.
The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.
Like the blood which unites one family, we are all connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.
We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.
Give thanks for the web and it's circle that connects us.

Glenn Johnson

August 8, 2018

I send my sincere condolences to "Boots" and the rest of Donald's family. When I first came to Kempsville Baptist, Donald was the first person I met and our friendship grew from there. I asked him to be my sponsor when I later joined the church. He was a special and cordial greeter at the church who never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I know I will certainly miss him. However, God chose this time to award him for his faithfulness by taking him to his heavenly home.
Sincerely, Glenn Johnson

FROM THE FAMILY