Robert Clyde Allen, 76, of Macon, formerly of Milledgeville, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at his home after a courageous two year battle with cancer.
Mr. Allen, a native of Monticello, was born on April 18, 1936, to Mildred Kelly Allen and the late Robert Eugene Allen Jr. He graduated from Emory at Oxford High School, attended the University of Georgia, and was a graduate of the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science. His career in funeral services took him and his family to Macon, Tifton and Atlanta, and he retired from Aurora Casket Company in 2003. He and his wife resided at Lake Sinclair for the past 23 years, moving to Macon in early 2012.
Mr. Allen was a former member and Past President of the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers, a member and Past President of the Georgia Funeral Supply Salesmen’s Association and the Past Presidents’ Club. He was an honorary member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Allen was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Tifton, a member of the Scottish Rite Body, York Rite Body and the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta. He was a member of Milledgeville First United Methodist Church where he served as a communion usher. He also enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn May Allen of Macon; a daughter, Kelly Allen Solomon and her husband, Steve of Macon; a son, Gene Allen of Cumming; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Schorr and her husband, Bobby, of Savannah; and Peter Solomon and Mary English Solomon, both of Macon; and mother, Mildred K. Allen of Monticello. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Bootsie and Allan Brittain of Jackson and T.J. and Randy Hodges of Spring City, Tenn., as well as several cousins, nieces and a nephew.
Mr. Allen was a loving and devoted husband, father and, most especially, grandfather. He took great pleasure and pride in anything related to his family and his yard. He received comfort and joy from his loyal and devoted dachshund, Opie.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Milledgeville First United Methodist Church with Dr. Mike Cavin and Dr. Jay Hodges officiating. Interment was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at West View Cemetery in Monticello.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Milledgeville First United Methodist Church, 366 Log Cabin Rd., Milledgeville, Georgia 31061, or to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Ga. 31204. The family may be contacted at 117 Abington Way, Macon, Ga. 31210.
Jordan Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements. For more information, visit www.jordanfuneralhomemonticello.com.