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Pastor Doice L. McAlister

Oct. 23, 1929 — April 27, 2010

Pastor Doice L. McAlister


POSTED April 30, 2010 11:57 p.m.
The family of Doice McAlister announces his peaceful passing on April 27 in Turlock. He was 80 years old.  Born in Asher, Okla., the family moved to California in 1946, where Doice graduated high school in Kerman in 1948. Later, he served in the Army and was a decorated soldier during the Korean War.  Doice returned to Kerman where he met the love of his life, Deanna Reynolds.  They were married on July 22, 1954.  
Eventually, Doice began his own service station business in the small town of Kerman, but after a few years he announced his calling of full-time ministry. He pastored his first church in Sanger. Doice continued his 50-year ministry until his retirement in 2005.  He found a home in Turlock and pastored the Free Will Baptist Church for 37 years.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deanna; children, Terry McAlister of Merced and Vicki McWells of Hilmar; brothers, Lonnie McAlister of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Jerrel McAlister of Turlock; and sister, Barbara Dobbert of Stokedale, N.C.  He also was proud to have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 3 at Allen Mortuary. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4 at the Turlock Free Will Baptist Church, with committal to follow at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.
Please share your memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com.
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