David Lawrence McAllister, 51, salesman and churchman

Posted: June 06, 2014

TALK ABOUT devotion!

David McAllister and his family would travel 130 miles round-trip every Sunday from their home in Sinking Spring, Berks County, to South Philadelphia to attend church.

But to be fair, David did warn the pastor of Solid Rock Baptist, at 19th and Federal, that he probably wouldn't show up if the Eagles were playing.

Why the long trek to church?

"He felt it was important to stay close to the community where he grew up," said his wife, Georgette. "And he wanted his family to be role models for the children of the old neighborhood. He never forgot where he came from."

David Lawrence McAllister, a much-honored salesman for the MillerCoors brewing company, sports enthusiast, devoted family man and a good-natured guy who could find humor in just about any situation, died May 30 of colon cancer. He was 51.

"There was never a dull moment when David was around," his wife said. "He had a wealth of friends from everywhere. But even though he joked a lot, he had a serious side. He worked with young black men through his fraternity, seeing them all the way through to college."

"He never met anyone he couldn't talk to," sister-in-law Joyce Dukes said. "I once asked him what was his secret of being a great salesman. He said it's not the sale, it's the relationship - and being persistent."

David was an active member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity since 1990. He was also a member of the Omega Xi chapter in Allentown, where he mentored young men at area universities.

He was born in Philadelphia to James Billy McAllister and Sallie Justinea McAllister.

He graduated from South Philadelphia High School, where he played football and was manager of the basketball team. He went on to Shippensburg University, where he also played football. He later earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

David's first job was with Linda's Cheese Cakes. He got into the beverage business when he worked for Muller Inc., a distributor in Northeast Philadelphia.

From there, he went with MillerCoors, the amalgamation of the Miller and Coors brewing companies. His territory was central Pennsylvania and he was often on the road. He won a number of sales excellence awards.

David was baptized at Solid Rock Baptist Church and remained a lifetime member. He married Georgette Dukes on Sept. 26, 1992.

David loved the Eagles, boxing matches, playing chess and golf. He also enjoyed watching his son, James Billy, play football, and his daughter, Georgia Rae, run track.

Besides his wife and children, he is survived by a brother, John, and six sisters, Jamel McAllister, Belinda Dickens, Deidre McAllister, Susan McAllister, Stephanie Cook and Sharon McGhee.

Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750 S. Broad St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Omega Psi Phi service 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.

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