Robert Harris Allen (Harris), age 84, passed away at his residence in Jackson, TN on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Graveside funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:30pm in Smyrna, TN at Mapleview Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Cecil Kirk officiating.
Mr. Allen was a Mason of more than 50 years. He was a member of Lodge 45 in Jackson, TN.Mr. Allen retired in 1985 from Bellsouth Telephone. He was a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers and a past president. Mr. Allen was born in 1929 in Murfreesboro, TN to Nora Harris and William Allen. He graduated Central High School in 1948 and attended three years at Middle Tennessee State University then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951. He then was sent to San Diego Boot Camp and Brainbridge, Maryland. Mr. Allen was then sent to Hospital Corporal School in Bethesda, Maryland and Operating Room Tech School and Tissue Bank School. He was then assigned to the U.S. Marines based at Camp Pendleton. He was sent to Korea in1954. He was later assigned to the U.S.S. Grand Canyon Destroyer stationed at Norfolk, Virginia. He served for 4 years and was Honorably Discharged in 1955.He then returned to Middle Tennessee State University to finish his B.S. Degree in Economics and graduated in 1956 and the started his more than 30 year career with Southern Bell Telephone and retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company in 1985. He served the Middle and Western Tennessee Districts. He enjoyed camping and was an avid golfer. He married Ellen Jane Carpenter in 1953 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August of 2013.
He is survived by his wife Ellen Jane, two daughters Bonnie Johnson (Mike) of Jackson, TN, Barbara Enochs (Joe) of West Plains, MO, four grandchildren, Tricia Johnson of Clarksville, TN, Bethany Johnson of Jackson, TN, Evan Enochs and Lauren Enochs of West Plains, MO, one brother William P. Allen Jr. (Ida Lee) of Murfreesboro, TN. He was preceded in death by a daughter Bonnie Jean Allen and a son Robert H. Allen Jr. (Bobby) also a granddaughter Robin A. Enochs.
Memorials may be sent to Arlington United Methodist Church Nashville, TN.
Arrangements made by Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro TN 615-893-5151 www.woodfinchapel.com