OBITUARY

George Deane Allen

June 9, 1933May 26, 2013

George Deane Allen, 79, of LaGrange died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, GA.

Mr. Allen was born June 9, 1933, in West Point, Troup County, GA, the only child of William Hugh and Gertrude Weaver Allen. Mr. Allen graduated from West Point High School in 1951 and attended Auburn University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corp, a member of The National Society of the Sons of The American Revolution, and a lifetime member of The Telephone Pioneers of America.

Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. After basic training he was assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Corp School at Fort Gordon where he was trained to maintain various telecommunications systems and equipment. After his training he was assigned to Wire Company of the 17th Signal Battalion in Pirmasens, Germany. He was in charge of the Battalion Telephone Maintenance Shop where he was responsible for repair of telephone switchboards and other telecommunications equipment.

Mr. Allen retired in 1994 after 39 years of service with AT&T, BellSouth, and Southern Bell. While employed by AT&T he served as a manager in Operations and Sales as well as Headquarters Engineering, Marketing, and Regulatory. While at BellSouth/Southern Bell he was a manager in Rates/Tariffs, Regulatory Support, and Marketing. In 1990 he received the “Golden Eagle” award for designing a unique data communications system for one of BellSouth’s large customers.

In 1996 he served as a volunteer to load data on computers for the 1996 Special Olympics in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Allen was a Charter member of Northbrook United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA and served as its first Finance Committee Chairman. He received the “Flame and Cross” award from Northbrook for “Outstanding Service to the Youth and Children of Northbrook” as well as his work as Troop Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 841 of Crabapple, GA. More recently, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange and the “Pairs and Spares” Sunday School Class.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Anne Childs Allen of LaGrange; two sons, Andrew Christopher Allen of Flagstaff, AZ and Anthony Kevin Allen of Queen Creek, AZ.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 31, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Dr. Harold Lawrence and Dr. John Simmons officiating. The family will be at the home of his wife, Anne Childs Allen, and will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, those so desiring may make contributions to the Troup County Humane Society, 1390 Orchard Hill Road, LaGrange, GA 30241 or First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 401 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 30, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 31, 2013
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Mary Jones

June 1, 2013

Anne. I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed the times we spent with you and George and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do. With love Edward and Mary Jones

Chris Miller Williams

May 31, 2013

Andy ~ I am sorry for your and your families loss. I remember your parents so well from our Saddle Creek days. Thinking of you all..

Janice Ingram

May 31, 2013

I will always remember the care and concern that both you and George have always shown for my children. This will be a lasting memory in my heart.

Harry Smith

May 30, 2013

Anne, I was very saddened to learn of George's passing. We all had so many fun and memorable times tailgating at Auburn. You both were and are wonderful friends that I miss dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless, Harry Smith

FROM THE FAMILY