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James (Jim) A. McAllister

James (Jim) A. McAllister, 80, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. He was born January 14, 1943, to Clarance ‘Slim’ and Maxine McAllister in Longview, Texas.

Jim worked as an Engineer until his retirement in 2008 and moved back to his childhood hometown, Mena, Arkansas, in 2011 where met his wife, Michaela. Jim had a passion for fishing and was in fishing clubs when he lived in Wilburton, Oklahoma. He won many fishing tournaments and received trophies and plaques for his wins. He left his talent and legacy of fishing to his son, Sean. Jim had a great love for motorcycles and enjoyed riding around the country with his wife and many friends.

Jim is survived by his wife Michaela; Son, Sean (Patty) McAllister, Daughters, Brenda (Scott) Jones, Shannon (Ray) Hunter, Stepchildren; Charles (Valerie) Romero, Mark (Colleen) Romero, Chris Romero, Grandchildren; Connor McAllister, Fischer McAllister, Tyler (Tyler) Jones, Tanner (Sarah) Jones, Breanna (Nick) Lyle, Hattie Hunter, AnnaBeth Hunter, Jack Hunter, Tate Hunter, Alyssa (Nathan) Davis, Brendan Adamson, Valerie (Mike) Cork; fourteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his late wife Nada McAllister, daughter, MaryKay Adamson, brother Willam Oscar ‘Mac’ McAllister and sister in-law Fran McAllister.

A visitation was held Friday, September 1, 2023, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bowser Funeral Home Chapel.

Services were held Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Jewell officiating and interment to follow at Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

The pallbearers are Tyler Jones, Tanner Jones, Nick Lyle, Conner McAllister, Fischer McAllister, Eric Harris and Kaleb Harris. Honorary pallbearers are Jim’s many friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home in Mt. Ida. Guest register at

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