Roger Lee Allen, age 63, of Murfreesboro, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at his home, after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Allen was the son of the late Gilbert Harold and Shirley Ann Wendt Allan.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 42 years Janene Delle Allen; children Sonja Tate and her husband Curtis of Liberty, S.C., Kayla Allen of Murfreesboro, and Chantele Jacobs and her husband Thomas of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Brian Jacobs, Tiffany Tate, Codey Jacobs, Brittany Tate, Tanner Jacobs, and Clay Tate; one great-granddaughter Khloe Jacobs; and siblings Susie Ayala and her husband Louie of California, Gilbert Allan and his wife Linda of Mississippi, and Pat Matthews and her husband Tom of Montana.
Mr. Allen was a graduate of Morrow Bay High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University. He served 20 years in the US Army earning his Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. Mr. Allen was one of the first building code officials in Rutherford County, was a volunteer fire-fighter with Salem-Blackman Volunteer Fire Department and lead its board of directors for several years, served as assistant director of the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (REMA), and then as director of REMA for the past 12 years. His most recent accomplishment with REMA was the purchase of the “Bear Cat.” Mr. Allen retired from REMA in October 2012 after 25 years of service. He has received special recognition and awards for his service from Gov. Bill Haslam and the National Weather Service.
Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday in the Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Pastor Frederick Richardson and Mark Sharber will officiate. Burial will follow at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Peagram at 1:00 PM. The US Army Honor Guard, Codey Jacobs, Tanner Jacobs, Larry Farley, Chris Clark, Joey Johnson, and James Thomas will serve as active pallbearers. W. E. Richardson will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be 2:00 until 6:00 PM Sunday and Monday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center c/o Gifts Processing Head and Neck Cancer Research PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727 or your local Emergency Management Department in memory of Mr. Allen.
Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com. Woodfin Funeral Chapels 615-893-5151.