Claude Ware McAllister Sr., 85, of Greenwich and a longtime resident of Shiloh died early Monday morning December 19, 2005 at the home of his son in Greenwich where he had been staying while his home was being rebuilt following a fire last January.
He was born in Bridgeton and lived in Greenwich when he was first married in 1940 to Tharon Koebernik McAllister. She predeceased him in January of 2005 after sixty-four years of marriage. Mr. McAllister was the son of the late Frank and Edith Ware McAllister and was a resident of the family farm on Barretts Run Road in Shiloh which he purchased following his military service during WWII.
Mr. McAllister attended Bridgeton High School with the class of 1938, but left school early to work and eventually served in the U.S. Army. He was proud of his military service and was a member of the 14th Armored Division, Head Quartered with Company Central Command A. He came ashore and walked across southern France and, after fighting his way across Europe, arrived in Germany, the Battle of the Bulge. He and his division were known as the “Liberators” and helped dismantle several Nazi concentration camps. Following his discharge, he returned to the Bridgeton area and worked at the Owens-Illinois Glass Company where he had also been employed before enlisting in the military. A short time later he purchased the farm which he operated as a dairy farm until retiring in 1984.
A member of the Shiloh School Board for many years, Mr. McAllister was also a lifelong member of the Greenwich Presbyterian Church. He served the church as an Elder and Trustee and taught Sunday school to the Men’s Bible Class. He was also a founding member of West Cumberland Little League and assisted with the development of the recreation complex. In addition, he was a member of Shoemaker Post #95 American Legion and was a member and president in 1998 of the National 14th Armored Division Army Retirees group. He and his late wife enjoyed traveling to the yearly reunions and also visiting Europe where he had served during the war. Another of his accomplishments was receiving his GED in 1986 at the same time two of his grandchildren graduated from high school. Mr. McAllister recently completed his autobiography. Since his wife’s death he was a regular visitor to the “Greenwich Breakfast Club” and would volunteer and take his beloved dog, “Smokey,” to visit the residents of Millville Center-Genesis Elder Care. He was also an accomplished wood worker and over the years built furniture for his church, family and friends.
He is survived by two sons, Patrick R. McAllister Sr. and his wife Joan of Greenwich and Claude Ware McAllister Jr. and his wife Eileen of Mantua Township, 6 grandchildren, Brian McAllister, DDS, Lt. Col. Kevin McAllister, U.S. Army, Claudia McAllister, Sgt. Patrick McAllister Jr., U.S. Army, Michael McAllister and Benjamin McAllister, twelve great grandchildren, one sister, Betty Jane Jamison of Charlotte, N.C. and one brother, Harry McAllister and his wife Margaret of Greenwich. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kate McAllister in 1989.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning December 23 at 10 o’clock at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, Ye Greate Street in Greenwich. Rev. Walter Arkell, the church’s pastor will officiate. The interment will be made in the family lot at the church cemetery.
Friends will be received at the church Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 and Friday morning one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, c/o Sue Smith Treasurer, 982 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, N.J. 08323. Written condolences and tributes may be made to the family using the funeral home website, freitagfuneralhome.com.
Source: Bridgeton News (NJ) – Tuesday, December 20, 2005