Services for Lawrence M. McAlister, 55, of Depew, a deacon at the Church of God of Prophecy, were scheduled for noon today in the church at 2628 Bailey Ave. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.
Mr. McAlister died unexpectedly last Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga.
He attended Depew public schools and worked at Worthington Pump from 1975 to 1984. He then worked at Dunlop Tire Corp., from which he retired. At Dunlop, he served as a union representative.
Mr. McAlister was a leading member of the Church of God of Prophecy, In addition to being a deacon, he served as family co-coordinator for the district with his wife, Fredericka Nichols McAlister; was a care group leader; a member of the board of trustees and the finance committee; was building fund coordinator; and served on the praise and worship team. He also sang regularly.
A motorcyclist, he was a member of God's Armor Bearers, a chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and served as club chaplain. He was a member of a number of bowling leagues, a member of the Niagara Frontier Pistol & Rifle Club, and a Buffalo Bills fan.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 27 years are two daughters, Laurie McAlister and LaRika Clouser, both of Buffalo; three sisters, Margaret Gilliam and Dorothy Patterson, both of Buffalo, and Joyce Jones of Las Vegas; three brothers, James and Charles, both of Buffalo, and Anthony of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren.