An article from the front page of The Greenville News on Sept. 1, 1984.(Photo: The Greenville News archives/newspapers.com)Buy PhotoCONNECT>TWEET>LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
He wrote stories about neighbors and neighborhoods — and wherever The Greenville News was delivered was his neighborhood.
Jim McAllister was a columnist who loved people, Cheerwine, and barbecue.
Born in 1929 in Greensboro, North Carolina, he graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1952 after serving in the U.S. Navy. He had a variety of careers before becoming a sports editor in Asheboro and in dabbling in public relations in Atlanta.
He joined The Greenville News in 1971 as a copy editor. He soon had a column of his own that readers cherished. It was wise, funny, occasionally silly — and always well written. He was a natural story teller who embraced the people he wrote about. He was a parade marshal in Pumpkintown, a story-teller at St. Francis’s Saints Market and a judge in the Miss Tri-County Tec contest. A great adventure was accompanying 14-year-old Sam Brown to Anwar Sadat’s funeral in Cairo in 1981.
McAllister was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 1983. He kept writing his stories until the end of August 1984. His will established a journalism scholarship at the University of South Carolina for a Greenville resident.
Editor's note: For more than 140 years, The Greenville News has told the story of our community and the people who live here. Each day this year we are publishing a brief piece of our history – Greenville's story.
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