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Edith LaVerne McAllister

Edith LaVerne Weatherby McAllister, daughter of G.S. (Skinny) and Ella Atchley Weatherby, was born January 11, 1940, at New Potter, Arkansas. She passed away on December 25, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Edith grew up in the Old Potter, Arkansas area, and was baptized at the age of eight in a creek at the Old Potter Presbyterian Church. She was active in her church as long as her health permitted, teaching Sunday School to adults and preteens. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Johnny Weatherby, and her sister, Betty Weatherby Ward.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William A. "Bill" McAllister, son Kent (Sara) McAllister of Richmond, TX, and daughter Sara (Scott) Young of Fayetteville, Arkansas, three grandsons, Ryan McAllister, Matthew McAllister and Jaedon Crawford. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews in Mena, Arkansas.

She graduated as class salutatorian from Mena High School, and from Southern State College with a bachelor's degree in Business Education. She later received a master's degree in Business Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While at Southern State College she was active in the Baptist Student Union and served one year as the state secretary.

She taught three years at Van-Cove High School, one year at Saint Paul High School and 25 years at Fayetteville High School. She influenced many lives in those years of teaching and was a sponsor for the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Her greatest honor was being selected "Business Teacher of the Year" by her former students attending the University of Arkansas who named her the most helpful of all their business teachers from their high school. After retiring from teaching, she owned and operated McAllister's Antiques in Fayetteville for several years.

She was a member of many organizations pertaining to the teaching profession as well as Delta Kappa Gamma, Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and served one year as State Treasurer of the Arkansas Business Teachers Association. She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Farmington Library Board and the Board of the Farmington First Church of the Nazarene.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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