Billie Cline McAllister, age 84, a lifelong resident of the Mount Pleasant area, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Mount Pleasant House after a period of declining health. She was born in Gold Hill, NC on March 24, 1932, and was the second daughter born to the late Archie and Evelena Cline. In addition to her parents, Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Bob McAllister, two sisters, Ruth Hopkins and Sue Walker and two brothers, Harold Cline and Michael Cline as well as her beloved daughter, Belinda McAllister Atkinson.
She leaves behind a daughter, Robin McAllister, a son-in-law, Neely Atkinson, a grandson, Gentry Atkinson, a granddaughter, Emma Atkinson, and two sisters, Peggy Green and Linda Riley. She also leaves a loving group of nieces and nephews, a circle of supportive friends, as well as all of those who remember “Miss Billie”, either from her days as a teacher’s aide or her time at the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum in Mount Pleasant.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Mount Pleasant where she served for many years as Historian, and where the altar was graced several times a year by the flowers she grew in her garden. She was a devoted member of the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society, serving in many capacities there and remaining on the Board until her death. She was a wonderful artist and her oil paintings grace the walls of many homes and businesses in Mount Pleasant, but her largest collection of work can be found at the museum. She was an avid gardener as well, preferring time in the yard to almost any other activity. Her other skills include sewing and quilting. However, in most recent years, Billie was most content with a good book and the television.
A memorial service for Billie will be held on Thursday, February 9 at noon at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Mount Pleasant. Following the service, a “Celebration of All Things Billie Loved” will be held in Society Hall on the grounds of the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum on Main Street in Mount Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the ECHS Museum, P.O. Box 1299, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124.
A special thank you for the unwavering expressions of support and extraordinary care and devotion goes to the staff of the Mount Pleasant House Assisted Living Facility; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County; Dr. Lara Pons; Steve, Teresa, and Wilson McAllister; Vickey Cline, Elizabeth Bost, Mr. Gene Hough, and to everyone else who reached out to support and to love “Miss Billie”.