Who was and is Danny McAlpin, who will never really leave us? It cannot be told in only a few words, but here are a few highlights.
He loved his family dearly and treasured each and every member. His sister Mary said that he was such a good child, and never gave their mother and daddy any problems. She said he was a wonderful brother, and the very last words they spoke to each other were “I love you,” which she will hold dear forever.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Julius Lavelle McAlpin and Hattie Elizabeth McAlpin; his brothers Julius Kindle McAlpin, Clinton (Toad) Victor McAlpin, L Dean McAlpin, David Milton McAlpin, and Wesley McAlpin.
He is survived by his wife and sunshine Minnie Jean Hodges McAlpin; his daughters Amanda Rose McAlpin (Partner: Bryan Sennott), Julie Carmen McAlpin (Spouse: Stephen Caleb Hockett), and Mollie Elizabeth McAlpin. His siblings Patricia Ruth McAlpin Robinson, Orby Shelton McAlpin, Doris Elizabeth McAlpin Rushing, Elaine McAlpin Fulgham, Mary Lou McAlpin Monroe, Clara Jo McAlpin Chism, Ladonna (Sue) McAlpin. His grandchildren John Clark McAlpin, Michelle Magarino, and Brigitta Mei McAlpin Hockett.
Funeral Services were held 3:00PM Sunday 7/26/20 at Crossroads Baptist Church in Choctaw County with burial in Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Shannon Edwards and Julie Carmen McAlpin officiated. His pallbearers were Amanda McAlpin, Brent Monroe, Brad Chism, Dyllan Reed, Stephen Hockett, Bryan Sennott, and John Clark McAlpin (honorary.)
Danny has joined other beloved members of his family at the Crossroads Cemetery in Mathiston, MS. He received military funeral honors and was carried to the cemetery while a bagpiper played traditional Scottish music outside the church.
Qualities that were important to Danny were kindness, compassion, empathy, trustworthiness, honesty, ethics, morality, and humanity. He was a dream of a father and gave his children a magical childhood full of wonder, curiosity, and open-mindedness. He rescued any puppy or kitten he found abandoned. He always stopped in the middle of the road to allow his kids to move turtles safely to the other side. He often stopped on the way home from work to pick wildflowers for his girls. He has a gentle soul, that his children still feel. He loved kids and loved inspiring them and introducing them to the beauty of the world. He loved beauty, education, and travel. He was imaginative and creative. He was an inventor before and during his retirement. He invented his own kind of tools to chop wood or crush cans. He rebuilt multiple cars and built two houses with his own hands, the second home he built with his wife Jean. A neighbor once said “Danny can do absolutely anything he puts his mind to.” Danny always said “you can figure out any problem if you think about it enough.” He once kept a car running for 400,000 miles.
He was a computer programmer for 21 years, and a team manager. He was a kind and smart leader and his team loved him. In the 1990s he wrote a successful video game. When home computers became popular he taught a computer class for the community at the volunteer fire department. He was an eloquent and talented public speaker. He was and is inspiring and motivating. This was partly because he was empathic. He once said he hoped he never had to speak at a funeral.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Sicily, Italy. He always treasured his time there. He worked out alongside the bodybuilder Mr. Italy. He traveled through Great Britain in his later years. A children’s adventure story book was dedicated to him by his daughter. He loved riding his motorcycle and went on cross-country adventures on it with his Sunshine Jean on the back of his bike. He loved to grill a good beer can chicken. He loved to put his daughters’ boyfriends to work in the yard because he wanted to make sure they were quality men. He had a tender spot in his heart for his sisters, and his best friend was his little brother. He was known by his children for sayings like “always think twice,” “don’t do something unless you’re going to do it right,” and “fathers can be friends too.” His name will be remembered in so many positive ways by so many people, and is recorded forever on the shelves of the Library of Congress. He loved his sunshine Jean, whose hand he was holding at the very end.
He loved laughter and jokes so much, so this will end this with one of his jokes that once made an audience of 3,000 fill the auditorium with laughter: There were two peanuts walking down the street and one was a-salted.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. You may go online and sign our guest register or leave a message of condolence for the family at www.ofheupora.com