Rector Native, Civic Leader Dead at 93
Daniel "Dan" Webster McBride, 93, of Paragould, formerly of Rector, died Wednesday, Dec. 21. A native of Rector and a long-time civic leader, he played a major role in the formation of the National Guard Armory in the community. He was also affiliated with Irby Funeral Home for some 35 years and was active in the state associations for his profession.
McBride was a combat veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Marine Corps as a night-fighter pilot. Later, he would resign his commission in the Marines to begin service in the U.S. Army Reserves. This would allow him to help start the Rector National Guard unit, of which he would serve as the first commander.
He first married Frances (Irby) McBride, who preceded him in death. He later remarried and his wife, Mary, survives.
McBride was associated with the Irby Funeral Home from 1946 through 1981, serving as a funeral director, embalmer and later as owner. He served on the board of directors of the Arkansas Embalmers and Funeral Directors and the Arkansas State Burial Association board as well. He also served as president of each of the boards for a year.
McBride also served on the board of directors of Memorial Insurance for 20 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Rector First United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at the church. The complete obituary may be found elsewhere on this website.