July 13, 1951 - August 31, 2021
Louis Austin McBride, a resident of Mobile, AL passed away August 31, 2021. He was 70 years old. He had the COVID-19 virus, then recovered from it, but suffered from an underlying, unknown liver disease which ultimately took his life. He was born blind in Columbus, MS. He was a 6-month-old premature baby who wasn’t expected to live. However, he did live, by the grace of God, and God certainly had a purpose for his life. God blessed him with a beautiful voice of an angel and he definitely used it for the glory of God. When he sang, it pierced your soul and you felt the presence of God. He was a true servant of the Lord and was a Christian every day of his life. He graduated from the Alabama School for the Blind in Talledega, AL. He had some musical training, but he was mostly self-taught, was a perfectionist, and had a perfect ear for music. God blessed him with an extraordinary talent, which he was able to use, up until he became ill. He was a member of Azalea Road Baptist Church for a great number of years where he served with others as a soloist. He loved his church family and had many, many blessed friends throughout his time at Azalea Road Baptist. Louis loved his fellow members and always felt loved by those that surrounded him in his favorite place to be…church! Prior to singing at Azalea Road Baptist, he attended Manor Baptist Church for over 40 years where he was the soloist. This is where his love for Gospel music really began and flourished. Many who attended Manor Baptist Church encouraged him and went above and beyond to show their support with his endeavors. He sang with the Barbershop Society, as well as the church, at hundreds of weddings, funerals, church gatherings, charitable functions, and many other occasions all over Mobile and neighboring states and cities. He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 50 years and a member of the quartet, “The Four Old Hearts” and a member of the “Pride of Mobile Chorus.” His Barbershop buddies meant the world to him over the many years and he loved every one of them. Singing with the barbershop quartets brought him great joy and happiness. Louis would always say, “Singing is my life.” It was certainly his passion; it was everything to him. His passing will leave a huge void in our family and in the lives of his many friends and closest “buds.” The family would like to express our gratitude to all who provided transportation for Louis, led him, fed him, played his background music, helped with his performances, for so many years, and always brought him safely back home. We also thank you all for the many prayers. We know he appreciated it and so do we as his family, more than words can say. We also want to thank all the hospice caretakers who cared for him in the end. We are especially grateful to our sister, Chrissy, for opening her home to Louis, and loving and caring for him the past 5 years. He is in Heaven with his mama now and anyone who knew him well, knew his mama, Ms. McBride. They were a “dynamic duo” and it just wasn’t the same after she passed, but now they are together again! We’ll miss you, our sweet “Louie.” Go sing high on that mountain! Hallelujah! Now you can SEE, no more pain, no more suffering. We love you… forever and always. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Laura C. and Thomas D. McBride (Mac); and 2 sisters, Nancy Bodiford and Maxine Wilson. He is survived by two sisters, Christine (Chrissy) Butler and Doris Rivers (Alex), both of Mobile, AL; brother, Thomas (Tommy) S. McBride (Bobbie), of Daphne, AL; aunt, Myrtle Marler of Tucson, Arizona; many nieces, nephews, cousins, a very large family whom he loved and who loved him dearly, and many, many faithful friends for whom he loved and cherished. Serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Butler, Andrew Butler, Ira Butler, Felix Nettles, Jr., Steven Danley, and Matthew Stokes. Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept 11, 2021 from 11 AM-12 PM with service to follow at 12 PM at Serenity Funeral Home, Theodore, AL. Interment will be held in Serenity Memorial Gardens, Theodore, AL.
Louis Austin McBride, a resident of Mobile, AL passed away August 31, 2021. He was 70 years old. He had the COVID-19 virus, then recovered from it, but suffered from an underlying, unknown liver disease which ultimately took his life. He was... View Obituary & Service Information
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