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In Memory of

Joseph Anthony McAlister

March 30, 1941 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


Joseph Anthony McAlister, 73, of Conover passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 30, 1941, he was the son of the late J.B. McAlister and the late Mildred Lewis McAlister. He was an active member of Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover. As a teenager, Joe was involved in Boy Scouts and ultimately earned his Eagle Scout award. Joe graduated from Easley High School in South Carolina in 1959. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Government and...

Joseph Anthony McAlister, 73, of Conover passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 30, 1941, he was the son of the late J.B. McAlister and the late Mildred Lewis McAlister. He was an active member of Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover. As a teenager, Joe was involved in Boy Scouts and ultimately earned his Eagle Scout award. Joe graduated from Easley High School in South Carolina in 1959. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Engineering from Furman University in 1964 and then on to Appalachian University to earn his Master of Arts in Education in 1967. This is where Joe met his wife, Ann, whom he loved dearly, and was by his side every step of the way through his battle with cancer, up until the very end.

Joe was employed for the last 23 years at General Dynamics in Newton, where he made many lifelong friends and was loved by many there. Joe loved his family and especially his two grandsons, Jacob and Jackson, whom he enjoyed spending countless hours talking with them about anything from sports to his favorite fast food. In his free time, Joe loved spending time outside taking care of his numerous plants and flowers and feeding the birds and occasional deer in the backyard. He also enjoyed watching Clemson football and basketball on television.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Margaret McAlister Speaks; and a nephew, Jake Long.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Ann McAlister; daughter, Susan McAlister Martin of Conover; daughter, Amy McAlister of Conover; and two grandsons whom he adored, Jacob Teubner and Jackson Martin.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 11:00 a.m., at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, with the Rev. Byron Repass officiating. Burial will be later that day at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley, SC, at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 10:00 to 10:45, prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are welcome and/or memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Tri-City Baptist Church, 1409 N Nc 16 Hwy, Conover, NC 28613.