Marvin Ray Allison

January 23, 1917February 10, 2014

Marvin Ray Allison, 97, was born on January 23, 1917 in Pocahontas, Arkansas and passed away on February 10, 2014. Marvin is survived by Clemmie Young Allison, his wife of 23 years, a son, Jerry Allison, his wife, Beverly of Memphis, a daughter, Lynn Allison, her husband, Viktor Tretiakov of Donetsk, Ukraine, a granddaughter, Angela Allison Grace, her husband Jason, two great-grandchildren, Braden and Allison Grace and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Billie Pettigrew Allison, his mother, father and six brothers and sisters. Marvin began his early life as a farmer and automobile mechanic, but always felt the desire to preach the Word of God. He preached in Syracuse, New York and several small churches in Arkansas. He and his family moved to Memphis in 1957. He served as an elder for the Union Avenue church of Christ for one and a half years before leaving in 1965 to serve in the mission field. Marvin and Billie worked with churches of Christ in New Zealand and the Fiji Islands from 1965 until her death in 1990. Marvin and Clemmie made several mission trips to New Zealand, Fiji, and Ukraine. Marvin served as associate minister for the Union Avenue church of Christ and Woodland Hill church of Christ until he retired. He served as a hospice volunteer for six years until he was 84 years old. For the past few years he has attended worship every Sunday and Wednesday evening and listened to the service from his chair in the lobby. His empty chair will be a reminder to so many, of his faithful Christian example. Visitation will be Friday, February 14th from 6-8pm and funeral service at 10am on Saturday, February 15th, both at Memphis Funeral Home, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. Memorials may be made to Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Rd. Paragould, AR 72450 or The King’s Daughters &Sons Home, 3568 Appling Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Tim, Doreen & Zachary Harris

February 17, 2014

Dear Lynn & Clemmie-
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of dear brother Marvin. We will always remember him as a kind Christian gentleman. He was always so hospitable to those he met.
We are certain that he is now at peace with our Lord.
May God comfort and bless you during this time.

In Christian love-

Mary & Gary Rigney

February 17, 2014

Clemmie, I know you have many wonderful memories of days spent together. May you be comforted in the days ahead remembering those sweet and precious times together.

Bill Gobbell

February 14, 2014

Jerry, We're sorry to hear about your dad. Give Beverly and Angela a hug from us. Bill & Karen Gobbell

Paula Wicker-Hamby

February 14, 2014

Dear Lynn and family:
I am a Central High "63 classmate, and I have read with interest through the years of your mission to the Ukraine. I am sure your father was so proud that you had the missionary zeal that he and your Mother carried out as examples to you and your family. May God bless you at this sad time. Paula Wicker Hamby

Sarah Gallegos

February 14, 2014

Allison family you are in our thoughts.

Gary & Mary Rigney

February 13, 2014

To Lynn & Viktor, Jerry & Beverly, our heart go out to you. Marvin will be missed by so many. He was a marvelous example to all who knew him. He loved life, his family, but most of all, he loved God and was a great encourager to both young and old.

February 13, 2014

Jerry and Bev-you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you so much-William and Jeri