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Mike McAlister

November 17, 1956 — September 17, 2021

Mike McAlister
1956- 2021

Michael Wayne (Mike) McAlister was called home to Jesus on September 17, 2021, where he was greeted with open arms by his Mom and Dad. Mike was born in Dallas, NC to the late Betty Frye McAlister and Raymond Lee (Bill) McAlister.

He graduated from Florence High School in 1974 and, following in the footsteps of his father, pursued a long and fulfilling career as a truck driver. He drove for Walmart for 20 years. Growing up, Mike's father instilled in him an appreciation for the outdoors, and the two of them spent many priceless moments together through their love of fishing and hunting. Those who were fortunate enough to know Mike knew a man who was loving, funny, quick-witted, and loved with his whole heart. He was kind and generous, and he gave selflessly to those in need without question or compromise. Mike was unafraid to share his genuine zeal for life; his infectious smile, keen sense of humor, and good-natured pranking flowed so naturally, and he lit up the room wherever he went. He left an indelible mark on this earth, and his absence will be felt deeply by those who knew and loved him.

Mike spent the last several years caring for his beloved mother, Betty. He was his sister's best friend and a father figure to his adoring nieces, always ready to lend a hand or offer support. He found the love of his life in his girlfriend, Rhonda, who brought him so much joy and happiness. The cherished memories of those who knew and loved him will be filled with his laughter and his kind, joyful spirit.

Mike is survived by his loving sister and best friend, Sandy Medley and husband Bryan, of Boone, NC; his beloved girlfriend, Rhonda Rice Mullis, of Mount Holly, NC; nieces Angie Barker Greene and husband John, of Indian Trail, NC, and Christy Long Kirby and husband Dale of Nashville, NC; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whom he adored and who adored him.

Private Graveside Service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Hardin Cemetery, Dallas, NC, and masks will be required.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, if you feel the need to stay home, a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated.

Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.
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