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July 23, 2013

Warrior Day, library board chairman J.D. McAlpine dies

J.D. McAlpine, a prominent member of the Warrior community who focused on the city's revitalization during his retirement years, died on July 18. He was 72.

McAlpine was active in several local projects, but west best known in recent years as chairman of Warrior Day, the city's annual festival.

McAlpine worked for the Cullman-Jefferson Gas Board as a supervisor for a third of a century. He also served as the chairman of the Warrior Public Library and a leader in its efforts to move to an expanded facility at the former National Guard Armory. He was also a longtime member of the Warrior Lions Club, and served as its president.

McAlpine was a deacon and greeter at Waterstone Church.

He is survived by his wife Dianne, son Gaylon, daughter Dana, six grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

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