Donald A. McAllister, 95, of Pea Ridge, Ark., went with Jesus from his home, February 15, 2022. He was born August 11, 1926 in Union, N.Y., to the late Charles McAllister and Agnes McAllister. He graduated form Wellsville Central High School, then married Elizabeth “Betty” Frim in Wellsville, N.Y. on April 30, 1949. They remained married for 68 years until Betty died. They moved from Wellsville, N.Y., to Prescott, Ariz., in 1952, then moved to West Fork, Ark., in 1956, then to Springdale, Ark., until settling in Pea Ridge in 1966.
Don took a job at Frasier, Long Saddlery and Stables in Springdale, Ark., and there he learned the saddlemaker trade. He then carried that trade on to Stewart’s, Porters of Arkansas Western Store and Saddle Shop in Springdale. From there he started his at home saddle shop in Pea Ridge while starting his own cattle ranch.
At one time he ran four hundred head of cattle until 1993 when he retired. Don also enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the South China Sea during World War II where he was an electrician on the naval destroyer USS Adams. Don enjoyed horses, rodeos, and watching bull riding, working with his cattle, baling hay and baseball.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth “Betty” McAllister; his oldest son, Don McAllister, Jr.; a grandson, Jeffrey Smith; his daughter-in-law, Patsy Clanton McAllister; brother, Wayne “Corky”; and sisters, Phyllis, Rachel and Peggy.
Survivors are two sons, Case McAllister and Connie Colgrove, Mark and Ava McAllister; two brothers, Ronald McAllister of Olean, N.Y., Eugene McAllister of Homestead, Florida; six grandchildren, Trish Woods of Centerton, Ark., Mike McAllister (Terry), Jeremy McAllister (Ronna), Cory McAllister (Laura), Tommy McAllister and Josh Bunting all of Pea Ridge; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; dearest life-long friends include, Billy and Janet Williams and family of Pea Ridge, Darrell and Elsie Reynolds of Stella, Mo., and Sharon Dixon McAllister of Pea Ridge.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 18 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dent Cemetery with military honors. Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome.net
Published February 17, 2022
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