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That's how James A. McAlister describes the circumstances that caused him to leave his family funeral firm after 11 years of service and start his own business. James, a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer, opened James A. McAlister, Inc. Funeral Home this past December. The path to that decision evolved from a long, rich family history, filled with twists and turns. The family business was begun in the 1879s when great-grandfather John McAlister moved from his home in upstate South Carolina to Charleston, where he joined his brother, James, in business. James owned an established livery and boarding stables, and John was one of the first licensed embalmers in the state. In time, James decided to sell the business - then called McAlister Brothers - to John, who changed the name to John McAlister, Inc. Over the years, a family funeral business evolved, employing several generations of family members. Eventually James, great grandson of the founding McAlister, found his way into the family business, too. "I had done several things since college, including running a restaurant," he says. "But I had grown up in the funeral home, and I finally decided I wanted to be a funeral director." James went to work for the business and attended classes at Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, from which he received an Associate of Science degree in 1987. In the following years, James found that his family's business, like many others, harbored fierce power struggles. Ultimately, one set of relatives gained control of the business and later several employees, including James, left the business. Although he did not leave voluntarily, James saw this change as a great personal opportunity. "The circumstances allowed me to start a business and continue a great family tradition," he states. As it so happened, years before, James' grandfather had owned a parcel of land just outside of Charleston, and he wished to open another funeral home there. The family bypassed his dream and the funeral home was never built. James was able to purchase property adjacent to the land his grandfather had owned, and it was there that he built his own funeral home. "I feel that I have fulfilled my grandfather's dream," he says, with pride. Other McAlister family members have shown their support and pride by investing in the new funeral home. The new James A. Funeral Home is located in a 10,500 square foot building that formerly housed an AT&T communications office. James says it was fortuitous to find an existing building of that size, with ample parking. The funeral home has three full-time employees, including a cousin, Benjamin H. McAlister. Benjamin, a licensed apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer, was a former employee of the original family firm. Business has been good for James A. since it opened this past December. In fact, the firm received a call the very first day it ran an ad in the local paper, and has served 33 families in its first six months of operation. "A lot of people are calling on us because of our convenient location and because of established personal relationships," says James. "This community has been very good to my family and supported our business for more than 100 years. I'm very humbled by the response." In return, James says he makes sure the family tradition of personal service and attention to detail is always in practice. Despite all the difficulties he encountered in the original family business, James emphasizes that he learned a great deal and feels it was all worth it. "Its funny. Although family, on the one hand, can be very supportive and loving, on the other hand, they can be cruel," he says. "But truly, this is really the best thing that could have happened to me." When asked what advice he would give to others who might find themselves in the same position, James says firmly, "Don't hesitate. And don't look back." The James A. McAlister team is just that, a team, here to serve you and your family through every aspect of the planning process. Let Jimmy, Rodney and Trisha guide you with our experience and the reliability you have come to know and trust for over 19 years.
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Honored to serve the family of "Ted" Frank Walter Crouch, Jr.
jamesamcalister.com Frank Walter Ted Crouch, Jr., 82, of Gause, Texas died peacefully on December 2, 2020, while visiting family in Charleston, SC. Born August 8, 1938, he was the son of Frank Walter and Winifred Price Crouch of Leesville, SC. Ted is survived by his wife of 30 years, Norma Christine
Honored to serve the family of Catherine Pinto Doughty
charlestonfunerals.com Catherine Pinto Doughty of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest and peace on Friday, November 27, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her family. Born October 21, 1946, she was the daughter of John and Marie Pinto of Charleston, SC. She is predeceased by her parents and brother and sister
Honored to serve the family of Thomas deRosset Maybank
jamesamcalister.com Thomas deRosset Maybank, 27, of Charleston, South Carolina passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Thomas was born on July 17, 1993, in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Katherine L. Maybank and Burnet Rhett Maybank III. He was educated at Blessed Sacrament, Christ School in Arden, NC and D...
Honored to serve the family of Doris Richardson Sigwald
jamesamcalister.com Doris Richardson Sigwald, 93, of Meggett, SC, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The relatives and friends of Doris R. Sigwald are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 1000 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2020,at the Cryptside, Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Doris was the daughter
Honored to serve the family of Sarah Beard Blackmon
jamesamcalister.com Sarah Beard Blackmon, 99, of North Charleston, SC, died Monday, October 26, 2020. Her relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 1200 Noon, Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the Graveside, St. Pauls Parish Cemetery, Chapel Rd. Sarah was born in Yemassee, SC the youngest of 11
Honored to serve the family of Col. Joseph Anthony Evangelist
jamesamcalister.com Colonel Joseph Anthony Evangelist, US Army Ret., 86, husband of Eileen Mary Kocon Evangelist, departed to meet his maker on March 21, 2020. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1100 AM, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island....
Honored to serve the family of Eileen Mary Evangelist
jamesamcalister.com Eileen Mary Kocon Evangelist, 91, widow of Colonel Joseph Anthony Evangelist, US Army Ret., departed to meet her maker on July 12, 2020. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1100 AM, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island. Th...
Honored to serve the family of Eugene Conlon Santos.
charlestonfunerals.com Eugene Conlon Santos passed away at his home on Friday, October 23, 2020. Eugene was 91 years old, born in Charleston, SC on August 9, 1929the same year that the Cooper River bridge was completed. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1100 AM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at
Honored to serve the family of Eileen M. Evangelist
jamesamcalister.com Eileen Mary Kocon Evangelist, 91, widow of Colonel Joseph Anthony Evangelist, US Army Ret., departed to meet her maker on July 12, 2020. The relatives and friends of Mrs. Eileen M. Evangelist are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 1100 AM, Wednesday, November 4, 2020,
Honored to serve the family of Col. Joseph A. Evangelist, US Army (Ret.)
jamesamcalister.com Colonel Joseph Anthony Evangelist, US Army Ret., 86, husband of Eileen Mary Kocon Evangelist, departed to meet his maker on March 21, 2020. The relatives and friends of Colonel Joseph A. Evangelist are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 1100 AM, Wednesday, November 4, 20...
Honored to serve the family of Gerard E. Baldwin
jamesamcalister.com Gerard Eugene Baldwin, Sr. ,77, husband of Martha Davey Baldwin, entered into eternal rest on October 19, 2020. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard E. Baldwin, Sr. are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 100 PM, Friday, October 23, 2020, at
Honored to serve the family of Marilyn Buero Tezza
jamesamcalister.com Marilyn Buero Tezza, 90, of Charleston, SC died October 15, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 13, 1930 in Charleston, SC the daughter of George Joseph Buero and Stella Sirisky Buero. Marilyn graduated from Bishop England High School in 1948. After high school she worked for
Honored to serve the family of Nancy V. Carretta
jamesamcalister.com Nancy Vaccara Caretta, 94, widow of Daniel R. Carretta, entered into eternal rest on the morning of October 12, 2020. The relatives and friends of Mrs. Nancy V. Carretta are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 1100 AM, Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Holy Spirit
Honored to serve the family of Walter John Rogala
jamesamcalister.com Walter John Rogala, 95, entered into eternal rest Monday, September 28, 2020, at his home in Charleston, SC. The relatives and friends of Walter John Rogala are invited to attend his Liturgy of the Word 1100 AM, Monday, October 12, 2020 at the James A. McAlister Chapel, 1620 Savannah Highway,
Honored to serve the family of Ernest Joseph Berger.
jamesamcalister.com Ernest Joseph Berger of Seabrook Island, South Carolina died at home September 25, 2020. The relatives and friends of Ernest Joseph Berger are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 100 Friday, October 2, 2020, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway,....
Honored to serve the family of Ann H. Miller
jamesamcalister.com Ann Henebery Miller, wife of Alonzo Ralph Miller, Jr., of Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at her longtime home on Isle of Palms. The relatives friends of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo R. Miller, Jr. are invited to attend her Mass
Honored to serve the family of Alicia Jane Zourdos
jamesamcalister.com Alicia Jane Zourdos, 92, of Charleston, SC and also a longtime resident of Bronxville, NY died peacefully on September 14, 2020. She was born to the late Howard Arthur Tucker and Frances Quinn Tucker on May 7, 1928, in Jersey City, NJ. Alicia graduated from The Academy of St. Aloysius
Honored to serve the family of Brenda Joyce Kennerty.
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Honored to serve the family of Pauline Slota Bissey
jamesamcalister.com Pauline Slota Bissey, 95, widow of Robert Myers Bissey, passed away on the morning of Monday, September 7, 2020. Due to Covid19 her Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal will be private and attended by immediate family only. Pauline was born October 1, 1924, near Danbury, Iowa, the
Honored to serve the family of Anthony J. "Joey" Matson, Jr.
jamesamcalister.com Anthony Joseph Matson, Jr. left this world on September 4, 2020, at the age of 56, to join his parents in the eternal kingdom of our Savior Jesus Christ. After an extended battle with lung cancer, Joey peacefully passed in his own bed at his sisters house, which he had
Honored to serve the family of JoAnn H. McInnis.
jamesamcalister.com JoAnn Howell McInnis, 72, of Charleston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Howell and Elizabeth Brunson Howell and her sister Mary Catherine Carmen. Left to cherish her me...
Honored to serve the family of Laurence Sexton
jamesamcalister.com Laurence Larry Sexton, longtime Charleston resident and owner of the Charleston Bees and Honey Company, passed into his Saviors arms on September 1, 2020, after a 5-year battle with Parkinsons Disease. Private burial will take place at a later date in Beaufort National Cemetery. Larry was born on Ap...
Honored to serve the family of John William Sullivan
jamesamcalister.com John William Sullivan, 62, husband of Inga McAlister Sullivan, of Mount Pleasant, SC, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sullivan are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1100 AM Monday, August 31, 2020,
Honored to serve the family of Caroline Petrie Danowitz
charlestonfunerals.com Caroline Petrie Danowitz died peacefully on August 21, 2020 at the age of 100. Born on April 28, 1920 on a farm in New Windsor, Illinois, Caroline grew up riding horses and caring for the land. At the age of 19, she followed her sister, Midge, to New York City
Honored to serve the family of Richard "Dick" Heiterer
charlestonfunerals.com Richard Damien Heiterer, 82, of Charleston, SC entered into eternal rest on August 22, 2020. Dick, as he was known by family and friends, was the son of the late Richard Lynch Heiterer and Gertrude Hennessy Heiterer. He was born in Charleston on September 26, 1937 and was a graduate
Honored to serve the family of Virginia K. Sharp.
charlestonfunerals.com Mrs. Virginia K. Sharp, 93, died on August 20, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina, a victim of COVID-19. Virginia is survived by her children, Linden D. Sharp of Piqua, OH Stuart R. Sharp of Greer, SC Laura K. Sharp Babcock of Charleston, SC and Steven R. Sharp of Goose Creek,
Honored to serve the family of Ronald H. Maguire, Jr.
jamesamcalister.com Cowboy Ronald Hugh Maguire, Jr., 82, of Charleston, SC entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 20, 2020, a victim of Covid-19. Ron was born February 10, 1938 to the late Marie Veronee and Ronald Hugh Maguire, Sr. A graduate of Bishop England High School, he joined the US Air
Honored to serve the family of George Paul Gigis.
jamesamcalister.com George Paul Gigis, 84, of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal life Sunday, August 16, 2020. George was born November 12, 1935 in Fernandina, FL, a son of the late Harriet Lambrianos and Paul George Gigis. He moved to Charleston with his family at the age of six and graduated from
Honored to serve the family of Douglas M. Wakefield, Jr.
charlestonfunerals.com Douglas McGee Wakefield, Jr was born on December 8, 1945, in Iva, SC to Douglas McGee Wakefield Sr. and Marian Eugenia Wakefield. He went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Susan Wakefield his children, Mary Wakefield and Douglas Wakefield III his
Honored to serve the family of William Frank Graves
charlestonfunerals.com William Frank Graves of West Ashley entered into eternal life Tuesday, August 11, 2020, after a long period of health issues. He resided at Brookdale Assisted Living since 2016. Before that he resided at 1425 Birthwright St. starting in 1968. Frank was born March 27, 1957 in Morehead City, NC.
Honored to serve the family of Edna Hughes Boswell
jamesamcalister.com Edna Hughes Boswell, 92, widow of Arthur Louis Boswell, entered into eternal rest on August 10, 2020. The relatives and friends of Edna H. Boswell are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 1200 PM, Friday, August 14, 2020, at the James A. McAlister Chapel, 1620 Savannah Hwy. The burial
Honored to serve the family of Maria Amalia T. McDonald
charlestonfunerals.com Maria Amalia T. McDonald, 77, of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest on August 5, 2020. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. John C. McDonald are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1030 AM, Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Honored to serve the family of Robert Craig Schnitz.
jamesamcalister.com Robert Craig Schnitz, 75, passed peacefully at home August 7, 2020, with his wife and daughters at his side after a courageous 14 year battle with corticobasal degeneration, a rare neurodegenerative condition. Mr. Schnitz was born in Evanston, Illinois, on April 21, 1945, the son of Louis and Violet...
Honored to serve the family of Dominic Anthony Vivona.
jamesamcalister.com Dominic Vivona of Mount Pleasant, SC and formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 88, due to complications from COVID19. He is survived by his loving wife, Helena McKay-Vivona, and his children Dominic Vivona, Jr Debi, Pia Dobos Scott, Marco Vivona Lourdes and
Honored to serve the family of Jean Louise Craven
charlestonfunerals.com Jean Louise Craven, widow of William E. Craven III, died at Summerville Medical Center, on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The relatives and friends of Jean L. Craven, are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 1100 AM, Friday, August 7, 2020, at the James A. McAlister Chapel, 1620 Savannah Hwy.
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