001 Helen Greenhorn McAllister, 99, of 5643 Jackson River Turnpike, Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at the home of her son, Edward G. McAllister, Jr.

She was born January 24, 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late John Dixon Greenhorn and Henrietta Cuther Greenhorn.

Following her marriage to Edward “Chiefy” McAllister on January 1, 1939, they moved to Hot Springs and she soon became a part of operating McAllister’s General Store where she was the cashier/bookkeeper for 51 years.

She was an active member of Eden United Methodist Church for more than 70 years, the Bath County Senior Citizens, the Rebekah Lodge for over 60 years and the former Hot Springs Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary where she served as Chaplin.

She is survived her son, Edward G. McAllister, Jr. and wife Claudia Broce McAllister of Hot Springs; two nieces, Debra Greenhorn Dusterwald & husband Bill and Esther Greenhorn both of Maryland; two nephews, Thomas Greenhorn & wife Wanda and Herbert Greenhorn & wife Wanda also of Maryland, several great nieces and great nephews; and two special god daughters, Kendal Woodzell and Carrie Tidd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Pat Greenhorn and a nephew, Dickie Greenhorn.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Lorrie Aiken and Pastor David George officiating. Interment will be in Warm Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bart Ailstock, Todd Ailstock, Johnny Dusterwald, David Foster, Chris Greenhorn, Herb Greenhorn, Eddie Greenhorn, Graham Kershner, John Kershner, Parke Kershner, Don Ryder, Gary Smith, Gilbert Williams and Jeff Woodzell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gerald “Duck” Gray, Dwight Hanshew, Gentry Kershner, Bobby Lacks, Elwood Smith, Tommy Stewart and Clifford Williams.

The family will receive friends Saturday, one hour prior to services from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eden United Methodist Church, 3740 Switzerland Trail, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or the Bath County Senior Citizens, 212 W. Warm Springs Drive, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484.


  1. Eddie and Claudia, I am a loss for words. “Miss Helen” was an inspiration when I was at the Senior Center. She was like the Energizer Bunny, who took a licking and kept on ticking. She encouraged me to fight after all my Surgeries. Her words of encouragement meant a lot.
    I pray that God will be with you both during the days and weeks ahead. Know of my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you both and all of her many friends.

  2. Eddie and Claudia, my life is better because of Mrs. McAllister and Ed. Many laughs throughout the years. Your mom was a special lady and lived a full life as she deserved. I will never forget her and will think of her often. Celebrate her life and let others mourn her death.

  3. Eddie & Claudia,
    Sorry for your loss but Mrs. “Mac” had such a full life. Such a caring person and always interested in others. Many fond memories of growing up with you at the store. Most vivid memory of playing cowboy and Indians and you shot me above the eye with a BB gun and how upset your Mom was with both of us. Our sympathies to you.

  4. Sympathy and prayers for the family. Columbus Shifflett

  5. Eddie & Claudia, we still subscribe to The Recorder and opened it yesterday to find sadly that Helen had passed. There are many good memories of her over the years at the Eden Apple Butter Festival. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and may God bless you in the days and weeks ahead.

  6. Eddie and Claudia,
    So sorry for you loss.
    Beckie and Stewart Sherwood


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