McAlpine is a well known figure in the Warrior community. He is a member of the Warrior Lions Club and a retired supervisor for Cullman-Jefferson County Gas, a natural gas district that redistributes gas to homes and businesses. He retired from Cullman-Jefferson in 1992.
In addition to being part of the Lions Club, McAlpine is chairman of the library board. He is helping the library move into the old National Guard Armory when it is renovated.
He is also chairman of Warrior Day — a day of festivities in Warrior that is organized by the Lions Club. He helps organize the parade that is a part of the festival.
“Warrior, when I was growing up, was a viable, bustling town,” he said. “Now I can see some decaying, but it’s just one of those things. You can’t blame the people in office. They do everything they can do.”
He has been married to his wife, Diane, for 50 years. They first met at a barbecue restaurant where Diane was a waitress.
They have three children and several grandchildren. His two sons both served in the war in Iraq.