Visitation for M.E. "Fat" McBride

Visitation for M.E. "Fat" McBride will be at Lunn's Funeral Home tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

85-year-old M.E. "Fat" McBride, a lifelong resident of Wichita Falls, died Friday, October 10, 2014 as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident.

McBride was born December 19, 1928 to the late William Earl and Gladys McBride in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The McBride Family began a wholesale sandwich business in 1938 with 27 cents. "Fat" and his 3 brothers would deliver sandwiches by bicycle to the train station at Call Field and feed the troops passing through at the time. Soon enough capital was raised to acquire a free standing building and drive in restaurant on the property which is now the current "Prines" BBQ location. Pioneer Drive Inn #1 would change Wichita Falls History forever. Fat's father, W.E. McBride considered their family as "pioneers" in the food industry in Wichita Falls which resulted in the familiar branding we all know today as "Pioneer Restaurants". "Fat" would be instrumental in introducing many of the Wichita Falls staples such as enchiladas with cole slaw and fries, chicken fried steak, mesquite broiled steak, famous red draw and brockles dressing to name a few.

McBride's proudest accomplishments included the old Pioneer No. 5 located on the Old Henrietta Highway and being recognized by "Life Magazine" as one of the best truck stops in America. He had a keen eye for meat and through his meat processing and aging facility, McBride designed a mesquite broiled steak house in downtown Wichita Falls and the legacy was begun. McBride Land and Cattle Company became known as one of the best steak houses in Texas. All in all, McBride and his family would go on to operate as many as 11 full service restaurants at one time in Wichita Falls making them one of the best independent restaurant chains in the State of Texas.

Apart from his professional accomplishments, McBride was an avid outdoorsman. Often as a child he spent time with his family at their cabin at Lake Kemp. He gained a true passion for all that is The W.T. Waggoner Estate. McBride was blessed to have full access to the wildlife and beauty of this historic piece of Texas. It was his heaven on earth and he knew every piece of its 500,000 plus acres. McBride cherished the many friendships of the owners and the working cowboys of the ranch.

McBride was very interested in the community as well. Fat served on many local boards, including 2 terms as a board member of The Wichita Falls Country Club, The Boys and Girls Club, as well a board member of The First National Bank of Henrietta. 
Services are at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 15 at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls under the direction of Bob McCartney. Dr. McCartney will be assisted by Lloyd Daniel, pastor of Rock Crossing Cowboy Church of the W.T. Waggoner Estate. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.