Young’s Funeral Directors

508 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR


John H. McAlister

May 14, 1933December 8, 2019
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John Heuer McAlister, 86, of El Dorado, passed away, Sunday, December 8, 2019 at his residence. He was born May 14, 1933 in Conway, AR, the son of John P. McAlister, MD and Helen Heuer McAlister.

He was retired owner of M&A Wrecking Yard, a veteran of the United States Navy, and an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church in El Dorado. He enjoyed watching football games, working with Disaster Relief, Habitat for Humanity and Southern Baptist Missions. He was loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Jeanette McAlister Patterson.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Katharine “Katsy” Cannefax McAlister, son, Michael L. McAlister (Darlene); daughter, Katharine M. Buzzard (Buddy); grandchildren, Emily Carelock (Jeremy), Amanda McAlister, John Bagley (April), Amie Felton (John), Alyse Samuel, James Buzzard (Natalie); and great grandchildren, Taylor, Brilee, Savannah Jo, Gage, Amelia, Jacob, Annabelle, and Abigail.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Young’s.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Lynn Worthen, Rev. Brian Trostle and Rev. Jonathan Kelley officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com


  • Marty Burns
  • Steve Rogers
  • Lee Reaves
  • John Bagley
  • John Felton
  • Jeremy Carelock
  • James Buzzard
  • Chris Aregood
  • Men's Chapel Blble Class, Honorary
  • T Models Coffee Group, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, December 11, 2019


John H. McAlister

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Rebecca Camp Thompson

December 18, 2019

Katsy, Katherine and Mike, sending love and prayers. I always loved being around your dad. He always had a smile and loved fun! He got into quite a few mishaps, lol, and always landed on his feet! I think that was to keep up with Mike! We spent lots of great time with you all... from your time on Calion Rd, out to the big house with the pool in the tiny town whose name I have forgotten, and then several more moves after that... Pillar at FBC, heart of gold! He will be missed... XOXO Rebecca Camp Thompson

Barry & Lisa Cameron

December 17, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. John! He was a good man by any measure. You all are in our prayers.

Mark Shofner

December 11, 2019

Sorry I can't be there, but I'm thinking about you and your family.

Julia Ketner

December 10, 2019

So sorry to learn of John’s passing! Be assured of my prayers during this time. I’m so grateful for his heart for missions and the years of personal involvement! He along with you have touched so many lives; only eternity will reveal just how many! Love and prayers. Am in Florida or would be at his service.

Cindy Langston

December 10, 2019

Mr. John was such a great man. He and Mrs. Katsy are one of the amazing examples Jason and I have tried to model our marriage after. We always enjoyed seeing him at the end of the pew and getting a hug or shaking his hand. Blessings to the family. I know we will all see him again.
Cindy, Jason and the boys (Landon, Spencer and Harrison).

Bettye Harrison Francis

December 10, 2019

Katsy and family, I am so sorry for you loss. Prayers for all of you during this time. Bettye Harrison Francis

Louise Massey

December 9, 2019

Sending our love and prayers.
Louise Massey

Jeannie Reaves

December 9, 2019

To the McAlister Family,

I am very sorry to hear Uncle John has died. He was an energetic man, whom I admired, as no obstacles stood between him and his goals! When Jesus returns, he will rise to meet him, and he will sleep in Christ until that GLORIOUS day arrives! May you all be comforted in knowing that our savior is coming to take all of us to heaven, and we can all rejoice together.

Love Always,
Jeannie Reaves
P.S. ALL those beautiful babies' pix!

Wanda Thorp

December 9, 2019

Miss Katsy so sorry to hear about John. Both of you have been such friends in my life.
Prayers for you and family.
Wanda and Jack Thorp

Colleen Christianson

December 9, 2019

Patsy,Mike,Kathy and family, Cathleen and I enjoyed going to your house to visit. John was always so great to us and even after we were grown he always acknowledged me. I am sorry for your loss and pray God will wrap his loving arms around all and comfort yall.

Love and hugs to all