Ronald Rodger Allen

March 3, 1934June 10, 2011

ALLEN, RONALD R. SR. (RON) age 77 of Knoxville passed away June 10, 2011 at Ft. Sanders due to complications from surgery. Graduated from Rule High School and the University of Tennessee. Member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by mother, Glenna B. Smith; father, John Rogers Allen and son, Ron Allen, Jr. Survived by wife of 58 years, Flora S. Allen; son, Richard Allen; daughter, Jennifer Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Bettie and Jim Bird; several special nieces and nephews. Ron was a rare book dealer and well known local historian who composed nearly 30 books, many of which detailed Knoxville’s history, memories, and events. He was a member of East Tennessee Historical Society, The Tennessee Society, an avid contributor and supporter of the UTK libraries, past President of Northside Kiwanis Club, and well know local golfer. Retired from JE Lutz after 40 years of service. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Wednesday at Weaver’s Chapel with the service to follow at 7 pm. Rev. Carl Oaks officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am Thursday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for an 11 am interment. You may share your condolences and sign Ron’s register online at Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 15, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Tom Rhyne

June 16, 2011

I considered Ronnie one of my closest friends for over 30 years. We spent countless hours together at J.E. Lutz and after his retirement. We had breakfast together every workday and many weekends sharing stories on everything from personal family life to sports and occasionally insurance. We agreed on most things in life-except my like for grits and car racing. It was difficult for me to discuss and debate with Ronnie--that being my lack of memory and what I consider his "photographic" memory-on anything, not just sports. I had an Antique booth for 15 years and we sold many items. Ronnie and I went to an untold number of estate sales together-he buying old and rare books, prints, and maps - me buying old primitives and tools. No one can attest more than me to Ronnie's integrity, honesty, high morals and his love for his family, UT, and Knoxville. Ronnie was much loved and will be missed by all that knew him. To his family, I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences- you are in our thoughts and prayers.

June 15, 2011

Ron helped me from time to time on Knoxville history. My condolences to the family.

Don Paine

Travis Parker

June 15, 2011

Ronnie has left a legacy that will continue to enrich the lives of those he touched through his friendship and many accomplishments. His friends of Northside Kiwanis remember well the enjoyable times shared together and today recalled them as they met on this Wednesday.

Our sympathy and our prayers are for his family at this special time. We know that life on this Telestial world is just a part of our Eternal journey and that where Ronnie now is, we, one day, will be also. His wonderful family (all of them) will share another wonderful life together with happiness even greater than was possible or experienced on this earth.

June 15, 2011


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From reading the obit and entries, I can tell he was a wonderful man and Dad.

With love and prayers


Susan Orwick-Barnes

June 15, 2011

My connection to Flo and Ronnie has been through their daughter, Jenny. They were devoted, proud parents and almost never missed a game that Jenny coached. Neither the hottest day for volleyball or the most wintery day for basketball could keep them away. Ronnie was a gentle soul devoted to his wife and children. He was loved and admired and will be missed by anyone who had the opportunity to cross his path. My deepest sympathy to all of Ron's family.

June 15, 2011

Ronnie and I were in the same graduating class(1952)from Rule High School. He was agood friend. My condolences to his family. W.R.(Billy)Haynes Clay, Alabama

The Staff of Weaver Funeral Home

June 15, 2011

With deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Morgan & Julie Shinlever

June 14, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Knox Co. Schools

Glenda Seal Williams

June 14, 2011

Ron was a wonderful person to work with at J>E. Lutz & Co.


June 14, 2011

May the God of comfort be with you all. (2cor 1:3&4)