Rosalie McAllister West, Bryceville, 94, passed away on September 15, 2021, at
NE FL Hospice in Fernandina Beach, FL. She was born to Carl and Blanche
McAllister in Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 28, 1927, and came to Jacksonville as a
baby. She was married to her Andrew Jackson High School sweetheart, Ronald
“Ronnie”, for 62 years.
Growing up in Garden City on Jacksonville’s Northside, Rosalie and her siblings
worked in their father’s grocery store on weekends. The store, at the corner of
Lem Turner Road and Dunn Avenue, had the only phone in the area; therefore,
many in the community would come there to make their phone calls. She loved
to share the memories of her childhood with her grandchildren and great grands
each year at Christmas.
Rosalie was the assistant postmistress at the Garden City, FL, Post Office for
several years along with working at the voting poll in the log cabin which was
known as the “Community Club”. She worked at Duval County Farm
Bureau/Insurance on Dunn Avenue for 23 years. The love she had for her Lord
showed with her love for missions, her family, and her church family at Callahan
First Baptist where she was a faithful member.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, in 2008, their son, Richard,
in 2009, and grandson, John Paul Ladson, in 2004. She is survived by four
children, Regina & Iben Phillips, Jacksonville; Rhonda Bennett & Granville
“Drummer” Shoots, St. Marys, GA; Roger & Dawn West, Hilliard; Ray & Donna Gail
West, Callahan; and daughter-in-law, Jeanette West, Jacksonville. Also survived
by 12 grandchildren & 21 great grandchildren, Brian & Sandy West (Cameron &
Peyton); Kenny & Crystal West (Austin); Erika & Aaron Dale; Justin & Erin Phillips
(Luke & Beau); Marisa & Doug Rife (Garrett, Ethan, Bryson); Erin & Jason Milligan
(Kyle); Steven & Lynn West (Madison, Hannah); Teresa & Bryain Williams (Gage,
Colby, Milianah); Jenny & Mark Thompson (Hunter, Michael, Brystol); Jessie &
Kristen Ladson (Emilie); Levi & Summer West (Jayden, Harper); & Jacob & Kirby
Ladson (Annalee); sister, Carolee Geiger, brother and sister-in-law J. W. “Jake” &
Martha McAllister, and nieces & nephews.
Doug Rife, grandson-in-law and Pastor of Temple Baptist, Fort Worth, TX, will be
officiating along with Pastor Lynn Hyatt, Callahan First Baptist Church. Visitation
will be held at Callahan First Baptist, 45090 Green Avenue on Sunday, September
19 th , at 2:00 pm, followed by the services at 3:00 pm. Burial will be at Jones
Cemetery, Callahan. Arrangements are under the direction of Cedar Bay Funeral
Home, 405 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218.
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