Jonathan Stuart Allen

December 16, 1950March 18, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family of Jonathan Stuart Allen announces his passing after a brief period of cardiac instability. Jonathan died on March 18, 2012. He was 61 years old. Born into the community surrounding Deep River Friends Meeting, Jonathan devoted himself from an early age to the things he loved: his family, his friendships, learning, and the land. In his youth, he was a committed member of 4H and his Meeting’s Youth Fellowship. He attended Ragsdale High School, where he served as president of his senior class, captain of the football team, a member of the wrestling team, and part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It was here that he connected with the first and only love of his life, Anita Armfield Allen, who was his wife of 41 years. Jonathan received what is now the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later attended North Carolina State University with Anita and earned a Bachelors of Science in Ornamental Horticulture. During this time, he became very active in peace and social justice movements—a commitment that extended throughout his life in his personal relationships, his business practices, and his service to New Garden and Deep River Friends Meetings. At Deep River, he was Clerk of Ministry and Council, an elder, and a Sunday School teacher. In 1983, Jonathan founded Deep River Landscapes, a corporation that specialized in custom residential and corporate landscapes. Jonathan grew Deep River Landscapes for over 24 years. More recently, he worked at Tanglewood Park in Winston Salem and owned Sheffield Gardens, a small community-sponsored farm in Mocksville that he had great hopes of expanding. Jonathan was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by Anita; their daughter, Sylvan; and their son-in-law, Angus Bennett, both of Greensboro, NC. He was also adored by his mother, Florence Allen; his sister, Barbara Bell; his brother, Dan Allen; sisters-in-law Paulette Britt and Mary Allen; brother-in-law, Eddie Britt; a host of nieces and nephews; and a large extended family. A generous, kind soul who was always quick with a laugh, Jonathan’s short and lovely life will be honored in a celebration at Deep River Friends Meeting on Friday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Sheffield-Callahan Volunteer Fire Department (Attention: Teresa Campbell, 581 Abbeydale Road, Harmony, NC, 28634). Please share your condolences with the family at


  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, March 23, 2012
  • Visitation with Friends Friday, March 23, 2012

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Aaron Greene

September 10, 2012

Not a day goes by that I don't go to work and walk through those doors in the morning and think of Johnathan. I picture him smiling or eager to tell me his latest joke as he greeted me. He always talked about how much he loved his wife and his family. It's been 5 months and I still miss him deeply. Though I only knew him a few years he was a great friend and I will always miss you Johnathan.

Nelle Fagan Parlier

May 19, 2012

Who could ever reflect back the the RHS Class of 1969, and not remember the beautiful budding romance of Anita and Jonathan? Jonathan, handsome, kind and witty.....not afraid to be who he was and take a stand for the things he believed in and always, the woman he loved standing by him. What a gift to this earthly life, God has given. May he rest peacefully in the presence of our Lord. Anita, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2012


I always remember you and Jonathan walking the halls at RHS and he was always only one step behind you if not beside he will always be...hold tight the memories...

Terri Duke

March 30, 2012

Dear Anita and family...I have very fond memories of Jonathan growing up in Deep River with my son Bob Hardin. He was a delight to know. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Jim and Anne Ellis

March 26, 2012


I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and I suspect your best friend. Please know you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Ginger Gooding

March 24, 2012

My sincerest condolences, Anita. May your lifetime of happy memories with Jonathan comfort you always.
Lea Aydelette Schwartz (Scottsdale AZ)

March 24, 2012

To, The Allen Family,
We are deeply saddened at the loss of your loved one, Johnathan. We were unable to attend the full memorial service, but were able to visit and share with some of the family members afterwards. Please know that our prayers are with you during this time of grief. John & Jean Coleman

Trudy McDade Payne

March 24, 2012

Anita and Family- I was so sorry to learn about Jonathan. You were such a special couple at Ragsdale. I hope that time will help to heal your heart. Just know that His love will always be with you. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Rossie Gardner

March 24, 2012

Dear Florence and family. I am truly sorry for your grief. However, I know you take pride in the fact that Jonathan was a kind loving and generous person who loved his God and family beyond words. Thankfully, all sorrow yields to time. God Bless

March 24, 2012

To Anita A. Allen and Danny Allen: I am so sorry that you lost Jonathan at such a young age. I'm not at all surprised to read about what a terrific guy he was, as he was like that when I first met him in seventh grade and he was in eighth. My heart goes out to you both, and your family for losing such a great soul who lived among you. You will all be in my prayers for healing and comfort. Sincerely,
Janet Ameen-Lee (originally from Jamestown, NC)