William Allen

December 30, 1932March 24, 2013

Dr. William Derwood Allen, DVM, 80, passed away on March 24, 2013, at home on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, having resided in Gwinnett County, Georgia prior to his retirement. Bill was born on November 30, 1932, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Charles H. Allen and Mary Frances Gober Allen Compton. He grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia, graduating from Lithonia High School, Class of 1950, North Georgia College, and the University of Georgia, with an undergraduate degree in Agriculture, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1957. He was a member of the Eta Chapter of Omega Tau Sigma and the American Veterinarian Medical Society. Following graduation, Bill worked in Oakridge, Tennessee, until he established his first veterinary hospital, Doraville Animal Hospital. He subsequently expanded his practice and opened Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital and Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital in Gwinnett County. Dr. Allen is survived by his spouse, Christina, his devoted wife of 27 years; his daughters Sabrina Allen Tatum, Gainesville, Georgia, Kimberly Allen Perea Roberts, Cumming, Georgia, and his son, John Charles Allen, Savannah, Georgia; his sisters, Frances Jayne Allen Irminger, Decatur, Georgia, Mary Charles Allen Cleere, Rabun Gap, Georgia, and step-sister, Kaye Compton, Cartersville, Georgia; his step-brother, Bill Compton, Chesterfield, Missouri; his grandchildren, Christina Tatum, Samantha Tatum-Bishop, Lauren Perea Gonzales, and Courtney Perea; great-grandchild Summer Cassidy Bishop. Additionally, Bill maintained contact with colleagues, friends, and beloved cousins from his formative years of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and beyond, relishing those valued connections from the past. In addition to Bill’s professional proficiency, his talents included skilled woodworking, mechanical expertise, and his life-long aptitude for aviation, obtaining his instrument rating in 1980 and flying most recently a Lightning Sportplane, during his retirement on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Following cremation, the family will hold a private burial. A memorial service will be held at A. S. Turner Funeral Home, 2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 on Saturday, April 6, 2013 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed at The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 10:00 a.m., prior to the memorial service, and at Bill’s earlier suggestion with his usual attention to details, “Please request that the guests come in casual attire.” In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cornerstone Club of the United Methodist Children’s Home, 500 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia, 30030 or to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525.


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Mait Bärnsten

August 9, 2013

Läste idag att Bill gått bort. Tänker på dig Christina och John. Beklagar sorgen.Mvh Mait

Mait Bärnsten

August 9, 2013

Läste idag att Bill gått bort. Tänker på dig Christina och John. Beklagar sorgen. Mvh Mait.

Lucy Jordan

April 5, 2013

DA taught me many things about business, life, animals, work and people. There are so many years of memories at DAH that I am grateful to have. The canon in the kennel was one of my favorites. Please give my love to the entire family. I am sorry for your loss.

Anita Ohlwiler

April 3, 2013

So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was always so interesting to listen to and had so many talents. Thoughts and prayers go out to Christina and John

Ed Jordan

April 2, 2013

Dr. Allen was a great customer and a great friend for both my late father and myself. Dad first met Dr. Allen when he opened at Doraville and I enjoyed working with him beginning in the early 1980's. Dr. Allen and I had many visits about the University of Georgia Bulldogs, as well as, his friends from veterinary school. It was a honor to work with him over the years and he will be missed.

Dennis Carlson

April 1, 2013

Christina, we are saddened to learn of Bill's passing. We trust his memory will comfort you.

Margaret Prentice

April 1, 2013

Christina my thoughts are with you and your family. I wish I had something wise to say that would take the pain away.

Debi and Victor Hayes

March 31, 2013

We are so sad to learn of Bill's passing, we consider him a friend and will miss his sweetness. Prayers to Christina and John and all he loved.

Ansley Wiegand Crisler

March 30, 2013

"Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

His legacy will live on, especially in Kristina's love for life. Thinking of you.

Anne and Bob Meyer

March 29, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of you in his wonderful family.