William Allen Mashbern

September 15, 1947August 1, 2018

Dr. William Allen Mashbern (September 15, 1947) passed away in Maryville, TN on August 1, 2018. Allen leaves behind a wife, Jeanie Ann (Cogdill) Mashbern; one daughter, Tina (Mashbern) Cowsert (John Cowsert); one grandson, Matthew John Cowsert, and one granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth (Annabeth) Cowsert; his three sisters, Kathy (Mashbern) Hancock (Edd Hancock), Jeanni (Mashbern) Highlander (Gil Highlander), Leah (Mashbern) Hunsucker (Scott Hunsucker) and many cousins, nephews, and nieces. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Herschel Troy and Evelyn Irene (Norton) Mashbern. Allen was a 1964 graduate of Lenoir City High School. He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1969 and later earned two master's degrees; one from the University of Memphis and a second master's and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He served as Minister of Music and Youth at churches in Pensacola, FL, Memphis, TN, Frankfort, KY, and Minister of Music and Church Music Services at Illinois Baptist State Association in Springfield, IL for 20 years. Allen loved Jesus with all his heart. He enjoyed fly fishing, action/adventure movies, J.R.R. Tolkien novels, and speaker systems with loud subwoofers and a booming bass. With four degrees in music and perfect pitch, he played every instrument, but piano was his favorite. Allen edited hymns for the Southern Baptist Hymnal. Music filled his life with joy. He spent his life sharing his love of music and Jesus with others. Allen loved his family more than anything. He was a godly man who will be greatly missed; yet his impact on others will live on forever. Visitation will be Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN. A service will follow at 3:00 pm. with Dr. Julian Suggs officiating. Family and friends will proceed to Lakeview Cemetery in Lenoir City for the graveside service. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Ken Hines

August 13, 2018

We share so many great memories, Jeannie! I remember very fondly the long hours we spent working together on projects in my office. One night I spilled hot coffee into my shoe, showed him how to dance and taught him some song verses I’m pretty sure he had not heard before! We love you, Jeannie, and will forever love Al.

Lonnita Biggs

August 8, 2018

I was in Allen's graduating class at Lenoir City High School. We were in the band together, and I knew Allen as a really nice, talented guy. My condolences to his family. -Lonnita Hines Biggs

Joe Bishop

August 7, 2018

Allen was a welcome addition to the youth choir at First Baptist in Lenoir City. He had been in a folk singing group in North Carolina and started one here, known as the Riverhill Singers. I was fortunate to be one of the members, playing the banjo [borrowed Allen's until I got my own] and occasionally a homemade washtub bass. We didn't cut any albums but had loads of fun singing folk songs of the time, mainly Peter, Paul & Mary along with others such as "Boil That Cabbage Down." Allen was truly one of a kind and shared his contagious smile wherever he went. Heaven must really be rocking now!

Janet Craynon

August 2, 2018

I enjoyed serving many years with Allen at Illinois Baptist State Association. He was a talented, kind and very competent staff member. My prayers are with Jeanie and the Mashbern family.