Obituaries

William Albert (Bill) McAllister Obituary

William Albert (Bill) McAllister, son of Cecil and Eva Lee McAllister, was born November 28, 1937, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bill spent his early years in Hot Springs before the family moved to the family farm in Polk County, Arkansas. Many of his formative years were spent at the farm with his immediate family and extended family of cousins.

 

He is predeceased by his parents, stepmother, Jessie Hicks McAllister, sister Laurine Hilliard and wife of 55 years, Edith.

 

He is survived by his son Kent (Sara) McAllister of Richmond, TX, and daughter Sara (Scott) Young of Fayetteville, Arkansas, three grandsons, Ryan McAllister, Matthew McAllister and Jaedon Crawford and a great granddaughter, Sadie McAllister. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Oglesby and Nell Bennett, the cousins that he grew up with and loved like brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.

 

After graduating high school, Bill had many adventures in life, from being a roughneck in Colorado, to serving in the Air Force as a flight engineer on a C-130, to driving a truck for Allied Van Lines, to his long-time career of carpentry and HVAC, including many years as the Farmington city building inspector. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out how to do it. He built two family homes and a duplex…often after working a full day at the day job.

 

Although growing up in Hot Springs and Hatfield, Arkansas, he moved his family to Northwest Arkansas in 1965 and was forever a resident of the Fayetteville and Farmington communities.

 

Outside of work, he was active in the Masonic Lodge for many years and became a 33rd degree Mason. The 33rd degree is only given to Masons who have performed significant services for Freemasonry. He was a descendent of the founders of the Nazarene church and was an active member of the Farmington First Church of the Nazarene. He was a member of the John R. Burkett - Beverly E. Miller American Legion Post 77 with his son, Kent, in Houston, Texas.

 

Bill was always there to help a friend or the community, including many hours supporting Edith’s work with the Farmington Library.

 

Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 26th, 2022, at Church of the Nazarene in Farmington, Arkansas.

 

Graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas, under the direction of Bowser Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

8-25-22 1:12 PM KAWX.ORG