Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 1, 2012

Willard Landis McBride

PRINCETON — Willard Landis McBride, 77, of 222 Walnut Street in Princeton, died Monday, October 29, 2012, at his residence. Born July 2, 1935, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Lonnie Lee McBride and Fannie Jane Crocket McBride.

He was a retired contractor and was a talented wood carver. He spent an enormous amount of time carving scale models of logging, farm, coal mining and related equipment he once worked on as a laborer and mechanic. His carvings are unique, working models that require great skill in planning and execution of the work. Willard was a member of the Fairview Christian Community Church and had been a lifelong resident of Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgie Brady and Mary Dunigan; and two brothers, James McBride and Gary McBride.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty nine years, Betty Jo Hill McBride of Princeton; four daughters, Chandra Wimmer and husband Randy of Bluefield, Sonnia Beth McBride and friend Shawn Godfrey of Kansas City, Mo.,  Karen Leigh McBride of Palm Coast, Fla., and Karla Jane McBride and friend Eric Brinkley of Princeton; one son, Robert Randall McBride and wife Nita of Gallipolis, Ohio; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred Flagel of North Carolina, Nannie Guynn and husband Bud of Salem, Va., and Edith Smith of Vinton, Va.; and two brothers, Fred McBride and wife Kathy of Rochelle, Ill. and Edward McBride of Boosier City, La.; and special friends, Bill and Carolyn Harless of Spanishburg.

In keeping with Willard's wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Christian Community Church, 120 Blackoak Road, Princeton, WV 24740.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the McBride family.

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