Walker Reid McBride, 91, of Pacolet, SC received his eternal reward on May 14, 2023 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Hazel Dillard McBride; his parents, Bernard Joseph and Mae Prince McBride; his brother, Joe McBride; his aunt Nan McBride Brown and uncle Cliff McBride who were instrumental in raising him and his siblings due to the premature death of their mother when Reid and Wib were six days old. He is survived by his sons, Jeff McBride (Karen) and Tim McBride (Carol) of Spartanburg, SC; his six grandchildren, Graham, Allen, Greyson, Melana, Joseph, and Anna McBride; his twin brother, Wib McBride of Boiling Springs, NC; his sister, Becky Holmes of Lake Mary, Florida; his sister-in-law, Louise McBride of Spartanburg, SC; a special friend, Faye Nichols of Forest City, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Reid was a 1950 graduate of Pacolet High School and a 1954 graduate of Wofford College. Upon graduation from Wofford, he and his twin entered active duty in the U.S. Army attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. After serving for two years in Japan, they served for six additional years in the Army Reserves. Reid founded his own company, Night Guard Associates and served his customers in the upstate until his retirement in 2016 at the age of 84.
Reid deeply loved the Lord and His Word and was a firm believer in the power of the Word, prayer, and the words of our mouths. He frequently encouraged people with Proverbs18:21, ”Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” He was a faithful student of the Word which was demonstrated in his participation in Bible Study Fellowship for several years. He was also actively involved in Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship for decades and was a lifetime member of Pacolet United Methodist Church. Ministry was a way of life for Reid demonstrated by his service in Lay Witness Missions all over the Southeast and teaching Sunday School once a month at TSA in Duncan, SC.
Reid was committed to his family and exemplified the servant heart of Jesus by faithfully caring for his late wife Hazel through many years of a debilitating disease that eventually took her life. His greatest joy after the Lord was his children and grandchildren, their company, and their accomplishments. Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to mention his deep love for food, especially food from his favorite restaurant Wade’s.
The family would like to thank his nieces, Susan Ross, Carolyn Martin, and Ann McBride, and his neighbors, the Owens and the Lees who were instrumental in helping him maintain his independence until the end of his life which was his desire. In addition, we are eternally grateful for the employees of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and the Regional Hospice House for their care and comfort during the last week of his life.
A receiving of family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 4:00-5:00 PM followed by a celebration of life at Pacolet United Methodist Church. Reverend Phillip Park will officiate the service. Burial will be at Pacolet United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pacolet UMC Cemetery Fund via the SC Methodist Foundation at scumf.org.
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