Robert McAllester

Obituary of Robert McNabb McAllester

Robert McNabb McAllester, 87, died on April 23, 2019, At Alexian Health Care.


He is survived by his loving wife Linda H.S. McAllester; nephew William L. McAllester, III (Pam) and niece, Mrs. Winifred Lee (Ronnie).


He was preceded in death by parents William L. McAllester, Sr. and Winifred Ewing McAllester; brothers, Chamberlain McAllester and William L. McAllester, Jr.; sister, Ewing McAllester. His grandparents were Henry Overton Ewing and Minnie Chamberlain Ewing.


In earlier years he lived eight months on High Street in order to attend Bright School and four months on Lookout Mountain or until school started again. After which he lived only on Lookout Mountain.


After college he served two years in the U.S. Airforce as a Squadron Adjutant, then as a Base Property Disposal Officer at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.


After active duty, he served in the Tennessee Air National Guard retiring at an early age with the rank of Captain.


After military service, he worked at Combustion Engineering, Inc. as a Nuclear Contract Administrator.  While working at Combustion he went to McKenzie College of Law and passed the bar exam in 1962.  He then worked for many years with the law firm of McAllester and McAllester.  Upon the appointment of Sam McAllester, as Chief Counsel for the Department of Employment Security, Robert and his twin brother Chamberlain formed their own law firm.


He was a graduate of Bright School, attended Baylor School, a graduate of Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, McKenzie College of Law and received a Certificate of Accounting from the University of Chattanooga.   


Bob was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Then he became a member of the Church of The Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain. He was also a member of the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club, Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Manker Patten Tennis Club, Chattanooga Ski Club and the Chattanooga Quarterback Club.


He was a member of the American, Tennessee, and Chattanooga Bar Associations, the American Institute of CPA’s, and the Tennessee Society of CPA’s.


While a student at Yale University he became interested in aviation and started flying as a member of the Yale Aviation Club at the New Harbor, Connecticut airport. When attending the University of Chattanooga, he obtained a GI Bill grant and obtained an FAA issued Commercial Multi and Single Engine Instrument license.


Bob’s family will receive friends at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM  followed by a service in the Church with Reverend Robert Childers officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery on Sunday, Apri 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.


Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home and Cremation Center (423) 821-7551. Please share your memories, stories, and photos at

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