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Catherine "Cat" Mae Harter McAllister

Catherine Mae Harter McAllister, 82, widow of Mr. John Andrew McAllister, Sr., died peacefully, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at Carlisle Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 1, 1929, in Ninety Six, SC. She lived in Mount Carmel, SC, before retiring in 2005 to Covenant Way Retirement Center in Due West, SC.

She attended Ninety Six public schools and graduated from Lander College with a degree in Elementary Education/Music. She taught elementary grades in Sumter, SC, and Abbeville, SC, before raising her family in Mt. Carmel and helping to build the family's furniture, farm and forestry businesses.

Cat was involved with numerous civic and community organizations including: Abbeville Historical Society, Abbeville Opera House Board Member, Converse College Parents Council Chair, Cub Scout Den Mother and Cambridge Academy Parents Association. She was also a member of the Mt. Carmel/Abbeville Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church.

She was known for her love of family, especially her grandchildren, traveling and her enthusiastic laugh! She was devoted to her Mt. Carmel Yacht Club and Lunch Bunch friends.

In addition to her husband, and parents, the late Andy Wesley Harter and Rosa Mae Harrison Harter of Ninety Six, she was preceded in death by two infant sons, James Jones McAllister and Darrell Wesley McAllister.

She is survived by five children: son, John A. McAllister Jr., and wife Carolyn C. Matthews of Columbia; son, T. Edwin McAllister and partner Paul Meyer of Washington DC; daughter, Cathy M. Watson and husband, J. Calhoun Watson of Columbia; son, Westley D. McAllister, and wife Angel. F. McAllister of Mt. Carmel; and daughter, Mary S. McAllister of Columbia. She leaves behind grandchildren: Anne Leigh and Sarah Elizabeth McAllister of Louisville, Ky.; Catherine Tatum Watson, Joseph Calhoun "Jay" Watson, Jr., Elizabeth Kirkland "Bess" Watson of Columbia, Thomas Edwin McAllister of Anderson, Charles Jacob "Jake" McAllister of Mt. Carmel and Austin A. Bruner and husband Collin Bruner of Charleston as well as great grandchild, Martha Bennett Bruner; also a sister, Diane Harter Boyd of Ninety Six and a brother, Fred Harter of North Augusta, SC; two nieces, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and close family friend Mike Fowler of Mt. Carmel.

Visitation and memorial service will be conducted at the Due West Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Visitation will be in the church fellowship hall at 12:30 pm with the memorial service following at 2:00 pm with the Dr. Rev. Randle T. Ruble and Rev. Lee P. Kennerly officiating. A 4:30 pm burial will take place at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

The family is at the home of Ed McAllister and Wes McAllister in Mt. Carmel, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Covenant Way Retirement Center PO Box 307 Due West, SC 29639 or Lander University Foundation 320 Stanley Ave. Greenwood, SC 29649-2099.


Due West ARP Church Fellowship Hall
Saturday, November 5, 2011
12:30 pm


Due West ARP Church
112 North Main St
Due West, SC  29639
Saturday, November 5, 2011
2:00 pm


Mt. Carmel Cemetery
Hwy 81
Mt. Carmel ,  SC  29840

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My heartfelt sympathy to all of the family. Cat was definitely one of a kind! I enjoyed her infectious laughter and sense of humor. I cherish the special memories of working with her in the furniture store business office at Mt. Carmel and going on vacations with her and the children. Along with the rest of the family, she holds a special place in my heart. . . My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve her loss. Love, Judy Gail

Judy G. Pettigrew Boyle Nov 14 2011 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your lost. May God be with each of you. Heather talk so about how she love Her and Mr McAllister at the Covenant Way.May their be peace in each one of your heart.

John H Richey &Amanda & Heather Nov 7 2011 12:00 AM

Ed, We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and your family. We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

Harvey Graham, III Nov 7 2011 12:00 AM

Wanted you all to know how very special your parents were to me. They did so much for others and will be missed.

liz patterson Nov 7 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Wes and family, Betty and I wish to express our sincere sympathy in the passing of your Mother. You are in our thoughts. Patrick & Betty Moss

Patrick C Moss Nov 6 2011 12:00 AM

I met Cat 35 years ago at the Abbeville Opera House. Then I bought furniture from she and John. She was so much fun and had a way of making us laugh and feel good. Love and prayers to her family.

Linda Cobb Lewis Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM

John and Family,we wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Charles and Marlene Reese Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the McAllister Families. We go back many years, in fact my late husband and I introduced John to Cat and eventually were part of each other's weddings. So in-deed, with sadness, another part of those by-gone years is now gone, but the memories will continue to linger.

Dorothy Sherard Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Cat was one of our favorite people and we will treasure the wonderful memories we have.

Brianna & Bruce Lawrence Nov 4 2011 12:00 AM

Dear McAllister family, We are sorry to hear of Cat's death. She was definitely one of a kind! Praying for you all. Love, Chuck, Emalie, and Hayden Harrison

Emalie Norman Harrison Nov 4 2011 12:00 AM

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