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“Addie, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have such fond memories of Van as well as Charlie, Jay and the entire Crowley family. What a...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Cal Brantley - Lexington, SC

“I was sorry to hear about Van. Everyone who knew him liked him. ”
2 of 44 | Posted by: David Jordan - Columbia

“Dear Addy and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Van's passing. He was such a neat person. The last time I remember seeing both of you was on our tour...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Sallie Derham Schirm - Columbia, SC

“Coach Mac just wanted to send my condolences and love. I'm sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 44 | Posted by: Michelle Varney

“Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family during these difficult days. Your faith is being tested, but the memories of the past will bring...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Bob Couch - Irmo, SC

“Addie and family, Over the years every time we saw Van he always greeted us with a smile and friendly inquiry about our family. He has been a...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Jim and BJ Neal - West Columbia, SC

“Our deepest sympathies to your family. I'll always remember 2 things about Van. He was the most pleasant person I think I've ever met. He always had...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Marcia Warren McIntosh - Columbia, SC

“I am sadden by the news of Van's passing. I knew him in high school. He was a wonderful person. I pray the Lord will embrace him and comfort his...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Edward W. Riser - COLUMBIA, SC

“Yvonne nd I were saddened to read of the death of Van's body. Our memories of Van, and the entire McAlister family, are warm and pleasant. We want...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Reginald Thackston - Sumter, SC

“Sending condolences for my dear old friend. Joby Kerr & Kerr Plumbing Company ”
10 of 44 | Posted by: Joby Kerr - Chapin, SC - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with Van's family and friends as you mourn his passing. ”
11 of 44 | Posted by: Terri Turbeville von Besser - SC

“We were very sorry to hear about Van. You & your family are in our prayers ”
12 of 44 | Posted by: Steve & Joyce Zimmerman - SC

13 of 44 | Posted by: EDDIE YANDLE - ELGIN, SC - FRIEND

“I have always had wonderful memories of Coach Mac on the softball field and throughout the years at other sporting events with Vanessa. Even at my...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Vivian AlvarezDipner - Columbia, SC

“Charles, We are saddened to hear of the loss of your brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rick & Julie Bennett Huger, SC ”
15 of 44 | Posted by: Rick & Julie Bennett - Huger, SC

“We were so sorry to read that Van passed away. Addie, we were so glad to have seen ya'll recently at Harper's. We had no idea he was ill. Our...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: David and Barbara Graves - SC

“Mom and I were so sad to hear the news. We both have many happy memories of Mr. McAlister. Lots of love to your whole family. Love, Ali and Evelyn ”
17 of 44 | Posted by: Allison Evans Felix - Charleston, SC

“From my family to yours, I offer my deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. I pray for your comfort in the days ahead. God bless you and...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: Tiffany Ray - Los Angeles, CA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God's Peace, Presence, Love and Comfort surround you. ”
19 of 44 | Posted by: Mike and Judy Whaley FBCSGI

“Dear Addie and Family, Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Mackey Tarrant ”
20 of 44 | Posted by: Mackey Tarrant - Columbia, SC

“My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you all. ”
21 of 44 | Posted by: Frank Newcomb - Sumter, SC

“Dear Addie, I am so sorry for your loss! You and Van are in my prayers! ”
22 of 44 | Posted by: Elizabeth H. Simmons - Columbia, SC

“Addie, it's been many years since I have seen any of you but I still remember you all with a special place in my heart. My prayers will be with you...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Jeanne Anderson Derrick - NC


“When I wasn't being a pain doing building inspections, I was free loading at the Christmas get togethers. Van will be missed. The world was a...Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Scott Turner - SC - Friend

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have many wonderful memories of times in Columbia at Uncle Macs house and family reunions. It is hard but...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: William and Renee (Evans) Sharp

“Amy, I knew your father through your eyes and heart. I picture him as a model of good works and his teaching show integrity and dignity. Now you...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Connie Roehr - St. George Island, FL

“Marsi, your father was such a special man and I know how very dear he was to you. I feel privileged to have had several conversations with him over...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Sheila Floyd-Evans - Columbia, SC

“Van was a wonderful person and Good friend, we will miss him. ”
29 of 44 | Posted by: Kay and Gene Hunter

“Marsi, I offer my sympathy to you, your children, and all other family on the death of your beloved father. He was one great role model for your and...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Susan Achilles, EdDz

“Butch and Marlene Yandle and Family ”
31 of 44 | Posted by: Butch and Marlene Yandle and Family - SC

“What a wonderful person. We will all miss him. My prayers are with the family. ”
32 of 44 | Posted by: James G. (Bugsy) Graves - SC

“Van was a wonderful man. He and my husband, Bill, shared many stories over the years, as I'm sure they are doing now in heaven. They were both in...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: FRANCES KINSEY - EASTOVER, SC

“Thinking of you during this difficult time. What a fine man and wonderful person - I know that his spirit and love will always be with you. Keeping...Read More »
34 of 44 | Posted by: Diane Harrill and Dan Kelly - SC

“One of the few that can say he "did it his way" and that was good way..Will be greatly missed by all.. ”
35 of 44 | Posted by: Jimmy McLeod - Irmo, SC - friend

“Van will be missed by all who knew him. What a great Father, grandfather and community leader! Our prayers are with your entire family. ”
36 of 44 | Posted by: Bennett Griffin - Columbia, SC

“To The McAlister Family, Billy Peters introduced me to Van many years ago. He was my friend from that point on. I am so sorry for your loss. ...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Johnette Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC

“To the McAlister Family, My two daughters and I met Van once years ago at a birthday party for his twin grandchildren. Although I did not know him,...Read More »
38 of 44 | Posted by: Jennifer Barkevich and Family - SC

“Van McAlister was my first coach. I remember him being patient and encouraging. He was the epitome of everything a youth coach should be. I also...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Cindy Cooper Martellini - Irmo, SC

“Van was a wonderful man with a great smile! My condolences to his wife and the entire family. I always knew his voice when he called to scheduled an...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Sharon Johnson - Greenacres, FL

“Van attended Dreher with my husband, Jim. We became close personal friends with he and Addie over the years, traveling and camping together. He was...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Barbara HARPER - COLUMBIA, SC

“Always generous with a smile and positive comment, Van was a fine example of exactly what a southern gentleman should be. It was my pleasure to have...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Hal Von Nessen - Columbia, SC

“Addie and Family: We are so sorry to hear about Van's passing. We send our sympathy to you all. He was an outstanding member of our DHS Class of...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: Jim and Rosa Cherry - Kingstree, SC

“My deepest sympathy to the entire McAlister family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. ”
44 of 44 | Posted by: Betsy Dunbar Sawyer - Columbia, SC

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COLUMBIA Van McLaurin McAlister, 74, beloved husband of Addie Crolley McAlister, died peacefully at home Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after a brief illness, leaving behind a loving family, good friends and a legacy of service.
Born in Lake City, SC, Van was the oldest son born to the late Jaseph Theodore (J.T.) and Annie Lee Langley McAlister. He was a graduate of Columbia's Dreher High School, where he was a star athlete and a member of the Dark Horseman. He attended Wofford College and the University of South Carolina, where he majored in business and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.
A Columbia builder and developer for more than 60 years, Van began his career with McAlister Builders prior to serving as President of VIP Developers. He was a leader in the real estate, construction and development arenas in South Carolina. He served as President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and the HBAGC Board of Directors. He received the Gordon A. Harrison Award for integrity and ethics in the building business. He was honored as the National Industry Education Alliance Framing Partner of the Year for contributions to the apprenticeship program, which trains and mentors the next generation of builders. He was Builder of the Year, Builder Executive of the Year, a member of the South Carolina Building Codes Council and a member of the state and national Home Builders Association.
He served as Chairman of the Codes and Inspections Committee of the Home Builders Association, and served as a VA, FHA, bank and warranty program inspector. He lobbied at the state and national levels on behalf of the building industry. His award-winning firms were active participants in the annual Parade of Homes, dating back to the early 1960s.
Van was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and was voted Optimist of the Year. He was a member of the Ft. Jackson Lodge 374, was a member of the Scottish Rites and Jamil Shrine Temple.
He loved an interesting book, fresh seafood, onion sausage, good jokes and baseball – in no particular order. A voracious reader, he read four or five books at a time and was intellectually curious about opinions both similar to and different from his own. He favored Abraham Lincoln, history and sports in general.
He had a deep and abiding faith, was a lifelong member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and served as President of the Trustees of Asbury as well as other committees.
Van was a volunteer basketball and softball coach for more than 25 years, winning dozens of championships and hundreds of games. As the father of four daughters, he had a tremendous impact on girls' sports in the Columbia area. His focused and disciplined approach to the fundamentals of youth sports produced many talented young players in the Midlands. His work with youth teams provided a strong feeder system for both public and private school teams for more than 20 years.
Van was a good man, by anyone's standards. He adored his wife, Addie, loved his children and doted on his grandchildren. And he was a loyal friend. He and Addie were married nearly 54 years, traveled the world together and enjoyed boating at their weekend home on Lake Murray.
Van was right with his Lord, at peace with his work here and well-loved. His favorite thing in life was having his family around him, and they didn't leave his side during his brief battle with cancer. In the last days of his life, he asked one of his girls what she had been up to. She replied: "Hanging out with you, Dad." Smiling, he said: "And I've loved every minute of it."
Van is survived by his wife, Addie; children, Sheryl McAlister and Marsi McAlister, both of Columbia, Amy & Lee Howell of St. George Island, Florida and Vanessa & Jonathan Bankhead of Columbia; six grandchildren, Rachel Howell, Boyce, Gardiner & McLaurin Bankhead, and Van & Addie McAlister; brothers, Charles (Pat) and Jay (Beverly) McAlister of Columbia and Keith (Vickie) McAlister of Ridgeway; nieces & nephews; special in-laws, and many friends. Special thanks to Hospice Care of Tri-County and the doctors and nurses at Providence Hospital.
Pallbearers for Van are nephews, Ty McAlister, Kip McAlister and Ryan McAlister, all of Columbia, and great nephews, William Middleton of Isle of Palms, Thomas Middleton of Columbia and David Nidiffer and Jake Nidiffer of Columbia.
Services for Van will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park on Leesburg Road, near the gazebo. Visitation will be held in Asbury's Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the Addie & Van McAlister Education Scholarship Fund at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia SC 29203 or Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Church, Columbia, SC 29209.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Greenlawn Memorial Park

7100 Garners Ferry Rd. Columbia, SC 29209


Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church

1005 Asbury Drive Columbia, SC 29209