OBITUARY

William "Bill" Allen Jr.

August 14, 1943August 8, 2018
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William Maxwell Allen Jr., “Bill” 74, died at his home under Hospice care in Brunswick on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 surrounded by his family. There will be a visitation at Edo Miller Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at Edo Miller Funeral Home at 3:00 PM on Monday August 13, 2018. Interment will follow at Brunswick Memorial Cemetery.

Bill was born in Columbus, Miss., to the late William Maxwell Allen and Mary Holliday Allen. He graduated from Bessemer High School, and received his B.S. in business administration at Jacksonville State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree at Georgia Southern University.

Bill was a decorated Vietnam veteran who served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1965 – 1970. After serving as Company Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and then Battalion Executive Officer of 3rd Battalion 64th Armor, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, he served a 1 year tour in Vietnam where he was awarded multiple medals and decorations, including the Bronze Star medal for Valor. Achieving the rank of Captain during his service, Bill separated from the Army in 1970. In 1973 Bill became the Director of the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. As director, he played a significant role in working with the Development Authority and then-First District Congressman Bo Ginn’s staff on the reuse of the former Glynco Naval Air Station. It ultimately became the permanent home of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Bill joined FLETC in 1975 as the Public Affairs Officer. In 1980, he was selected as the Deputy Director of the Office of Administration. Over the next 20 years, he led ten different support divisions. As FLETC grew, he spearheaded the assessment of potential new training sites including in Marana, AZ, Artesia, NM, and Costa Rica. Before his retirement in 2000, Bill was instrumental in the continued success of the FLETC Management Institute, established to help rising and senior law enforcement officers and agents. He served under three directors during more than two decades of Federal service.

In 2003, he started Bill Allen & Associates Inc., a consulting business dedicated to enhancing the leadership skills of first line managers throughout the federal government. Bill served as faculty member, program director, counselor, and management consultant to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Secret Service.

For the last three school years, Bill taught two Political Science classes at College of Coastal Georgia.

Bill was actively involved with his church, College Place UMC, and served on the board of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, GA for 8 years, including leading as Chair. He also chaired the Local Arrangements Committee for the South Georgia Annual Conferences held at Jekyll Island in 2017 and 2018.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary M. Allen; a daughter, Laurie Fussell (Tommy) of Brunswick; a son, Billy Allen (Mitzi) of Waverly, GA. He was Papa Bill to two grandchildren, Woody Brown (Jamie) of Brunswick; Addie Leggett (Tyler) of Jesup, GA. Two and a half great grandchildren are Drake Lindberg, Aubree Leggett, and another one on the way.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, P.O. Box 2525 Macon, GA 31203-2525.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary M. Allen, Wife
  • Laurie Fussell (Tommy), Daughter
  • Billy Allen (Mitzi), Son
  • Woody Brown (Jamie), Grandchild
  • Addie Leggett (Tyler), Grandchild
  • Mr. Allen also leaves behind two and a half great grandchildren, Drake Lindberg, Aubree Leggett, and another one on the way.
  • DONATIONS

  • Methodist Home for Children & Youth

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

William "Bill" Allen Jr.

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Gregory Vaughn

August 16, 2018

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill and i worked very closely together for many years while at FLETC. He was someone I had complete confidence and trust in. Wishing you well. Greg Vaughn

Billy Brooks

August 12, 2018

Mary, Billy, Laurie and family-
I met Bill in my first week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in March 1980, as I began my 36 year civil service career. Over that time, I had the privilege of working for and with Bill. Along with Bill Allen, Bill Kelso and later Ken Hall, I had the honor of serving on the FLETC’ s Office of Administration senior management team. That was almost half of my career. Bill Allen was a gifted manager and leader that served the FLETC with integrity and full commitment. Bill was an integral part of FLETC’s Management team and embodied all the attributes of a true civil servant. I appreciate the guidance and assistance he gave me during my career as well as the friendship he extended to me. You can be assured that Bill was respected by so many of us FLETC alumni that had the good fortune of knowing and working with him. He was a very generous man indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I will remember Bill respectfully and fondly going forward. May God grant you His peace and presence in the days ahead.

Billy Brooks

Charles Rinkevich

August 12, 2018

Bill Allen was a valuable member of the senior staff at FLETC when I was Director. He served in various management positions with distinction and was respected by his subordinates as well his colleagues.
His contributions to the success of the FLETC are part of his legacy.

Carol Rodgers

August 11, 2018

Dear Mary,
Please accept my condolences in the loss of Bill. He was such a wonderful man and the best boss I ever had. I had such a good time working for him in Building 94 and learned so much about how true leadership should really work. Hugs to Laurie and Billy and Woody and Addie and all of the rest of your beautiful family. Cherish the memories of your wonderful life together and find comfort in knowing how very much he loved you.
With much love,
Carol

Glenn Hester

August 10, 2018

Laurie and family, my condolences to you all on the passing of Bill. I knew him for years and always thought of him as a distinguished gentleman. I know the void in your heart and life is a heavy one.

I wish there were words of comfort to help heal the pain you all feel, except to say that he enjoys a pain free life with our Lord now. Maria and I send our love, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Shari Clifton

August 10, 2018

Mary and family,
Stuart And I are so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was a kind and generous man. May your happy memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Love and prayers,
Shari Clifton

Ben Martin

August 10, 2018

On behalf of the Board of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, we are grateful for Bill's generous life of love and service to our children. He truly lived his faith. Our prayers are with your family as you grieve his death and stand on hope for his eternal life.
Rev. Ben Martin
Board Chair, The Methodist Home

Mary and Wiley Younce

August 9, 2018

Dear Mary and family,
Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Wiley and Mary Younce and family

Alison Evans

August 9, 2018

Mary and Family -
My heart hurts with your hearts... I am forever grateful for the legacy of leadership we experienced because of Bill - He was moral, ethical and full of faith - always learning, always teaching, always humble. Thank you for sharing him with us. We are grateful for the blessing he was to our children and agency. May God's peace and presence surround you in the days, weeks and years ahead -

FROM THE FAMILY