Pharis McBride, 61, custodian, card player

May 29, 2006

Pharis McBride, a retired custodian, died of heart failure May 22 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Baltimore resident was 61.

Mr. McBride spent his early years in Baltimore and later moved to Sumter, S.C., where he attended Lincoln High School.

In the early 1960s, he returned to Baltimore and began working at Arrow Crown Window Cleaning as a window washer. He remained with the company for about a decade and went on to work for A-1 Janitorial Service and Safeguard Maintenance. He retired in 2004.

Mr. McBride enjoyed playing card games, including spades, pinochle and bid whist. He also loved classic soul music, especially Otis Redding and James Brown.

"He could dance like James Brown, and back in the day [we] used to tear the floor up," said Mr. McBride's sister Dorethay Cannady of Baltimore.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

In addition to his sister, he is also survived by three sons, Ricky McBride and Kevin McBride, both of Baltimore, and Anthony McBride of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Maniyah McBride of Baltimore; two other sisters, Rosa Mae Stokes and Emma L. Cotton, both of Baltimore; a brother, Sam Winn of Baltimore; his companion, Gloria Power of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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