Deacon JB Pride, affectionately known as simply, "J" was born January 21, 1941 to the late Howard and Georgia Mae Pride in Madison County, AL. He departed this life on Monday, June 27, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Lucy Jefferson Pride and by his sister, Dorothy Jean Luckett.
Deacon JB Pride accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in 1990. Immediately after joining the body of Christ, he began the mission of serving the cause of Christ faithfully. Deacon Pride was a faithful and devoted member until he received his call to rest. He served in numerous capacities and offices in the church including the Board of Trustees, Deacon Board, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, Bible Study and Revival Leader, Usher Board, Youth Choir Advisor, The Charlotte Miller Scholarship Committee and the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Deacon/Layman Council. Needless to say, Deacon Pride will be sincerely missed as a shining beckon of light at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church.
Outside the church, JB Pride was a well respected and beloved member of the community at large. He is remembered lovingly by his Machine Craft family where he retired after 32 years of service in 2010. Those that had the privilege of knowing and interacting with JB will deeply miss his presence, his encouraging words, his faithful service and his devoted stewardship.
Precious and loving memories of Deacon JB Pride will forever linger in the hearts of his loving and devoted wife, Beatrice Pride of Huntsville, Alabama; one daughter, Deloria Pride Chubbs (Howard) of Atlanta, Georgia; one son, Jarvis Robinson (Alexsandra) of Huntsville, Alabama; two special grandsons, Carton Keith and Carlos Keith of Huntsville, Alabama; two grandsons, Detreaz Jones and Duante Jones of Huntsville, Alabama; nine special daughters, Iola Jones, Estella Scruggs (Melvin), Berdell White (Thomas), Carolyn Keith, Pam Manning, Marguerita Turner (Berry) of Huntsville, Alabama, Sherry McWilliams (Joe) of Elkmont, Alabama, Bobbie Austin Gordon (Ron) of Madison, Alabama and Carmen Green (Joseph) of Birmingham, Alabama; three special sons, James Jefferson, Jimmy Keith and Otis Keith of Huntsville, Alabama; three sisters, Lula Mae Turner, Hazel Reid, and Alma Pride Muhammad (Ibrahim) of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother, Howard Pride (Lucinda) of Harvest, Alabama; two aunts, Ophelia West of Wilmington, North Carolina and Beatrice Holden of Huntsville, Alabama; one uncle, Alma Jacobs of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a host of in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church (2350 Wall Triana Highway; Huntsville, Alabama 35824) with Pastor Mylon Burwell officiating. Interment will be in the Faith Memorial Park. Deacon Pride will lie in repose thirty minutes prior to funeral time.
Public viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011; and from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the Royal Funeral Home.