Isaac McBride passed away peacefully, at his home, on July 22, 2022.
Isaac was named after his grandfather, a former slave, who lived from 1845 to 1925. Isaac remembered his grandfather would spend time sitting under a tree on his farm. Isaac told the story of distinct memory of one day a few coins fell from his grandfather’s pocket while he was sitting on the tree, and he picked them up and returned them to him.
Isaac was born on January 23, 1920, to Pearl McInnis and Louis McBride, during the harsh days of segregation, in Clio, Alabama. Even with the difficult realities of life for a black child in the segregated south, Isaac had many positive memories and always enjoyed his trips back to Clio. His heart always yearned to return to Clio, Alabama and he talked about it regularly, even up to his death. The warm and positive memories of life in Clio, AL, were due to the influence of his mother, Pearl, who loved playing the piano and reading poetry, and his father, Louis who was a proud man who took pride in his appearance and the Church. As a youth, Isaac was an active member of the local A.M.E Church along with his parents and many relatives who lived in the area. Isaac moved to Alliance, OH, in 1939, to be near his mother and relatives. He later joined St. Luke A.M.E Church here in Alliance, where he was an active member for many years.
Isaac lived in Alliance for 83 years. One of his first jobs was in the Civilian Conservation corps, The CCC, a federal program to help unemployed young men. Isaac worked as a cook in one of the CCC Camps near Chillicothe, Ohio. While working there he met and married Dorothy Fairrow, and later returned to Alliance. He worked for the Plain Local School District as Head custodian for over 30 years. Isaac also worked a second job at night for the City of Alliance as a custodian. Everyone knew Isaac for his “hobby” of having a brand-new Buick every 2 years.
Isaac is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Isaac Jr. and Andrew; sister, Ruth and half-brothers, Boyce and Lawrence.
He is survived by three sons; George McBride of Medina, David McBride of Alliance and Ivan McBride of Akron; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; cousins, Anna Rae Kirksey of Alliance and Pete Mcbride of Cleveland; special cousin, Junior McInnis and special friend, Desiree Farrise.
Services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Second Baptist Church, 820 E. Patterson St., Alliance, Oh, 44601. Friends may call at 11:00 a.m. with services immediately following at noon. Pastor Bobby Williams, officiating and eulogy by Pastor Brandon Hodge.
Interment, Friday, July 29, 2022, at Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Oh. Arrangements by Sommerville Funeral Services (330) 836-2725.