"He was always very friendly, caring, loving, big heart, and I'm finding more and more of that out now," said Kelly Henry, Marvin "Fat" McBride's daughter.
Fat McBride passed away in a car accident on Friday, October 10 at the age of 85. Fat was known throughout the city for his many restaurant establishments.
But he was more than a successful businessman. He was a father, husband, grandfather, and friend.
“Daddy always put family first, he wanted to always provide for us and make sure we had things, and great memories,” said Henry.
Fat's family said the one thing that will never go away are the memories. They said their father was a hard worker, but also made the time to take them to the lake, water ski, and hunt.
“Our little hunting trips were very special to me and I got to meet all his little cowboy and rancher friends,” said Henry.
“He was great with our friends,” said Becky Swanson, Fat McBride's daughter. “He taught them how to eat their steaks rare. He wouldn't cook them any other way, so if they wanted to eat they had to eat it rare.”
McBride and his family started a legacy in Wichita Falls more than 70 years ago. They established 11 restaurants, and became one of the largest employers in the city.
“He had the vision, he had the dreams, he had the guts, and the determination to put it on the plate to make it work,” said Marty McBride, Fat's son. “He put it on the plate, and they came.”
His presence not only left a mark on his family's heart, but also on the heart's of those who worked for him
“He was a lover, he was sweet. You know when you first meet him you thought he was kind of rough, but that was just his humor,” said Tami Yonts, an employee at Pioneer Restaurant. “That's what you loved about him, that was his uniqueness.”
Yonts said in her 24 years at Pioneer the business continues the traditions and standards Fat started years ago.
The McBride family said Fat's legacy will continue.
“I think my dad will always be remembered,” said Marty McBride. “I think that legacy will always be there and I just want people to really know how important it was to be a part of his life.”
Fat McBride's visitation is Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. It's at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home..
Funeral services start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, at the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.