Rodney Mark Allen, 47, passed from this life to be with our loving God on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
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Rodney was born and raised in Gadsden, where he graduated valedictorian from Litchfield High School, and was a member of Paden Baptist Church. From there he attended Jacksonville State University, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology. Later, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rodney moved to Birmingham, where he worked for various hospitals as a medical technologist. He became a Specialist in Blood Banking while working at the Red Cross. Subsequently, he worked at UAB in the Histocompatibility Department before joining Baxter Healthcare, where he became a Project Manager of Laboratory Operations for the BioLife Plasma Services Division. Rodney lectured at various blood banking symposiums and oversaw the establishment of laboratories for BioLife all around the world. He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
After moving to Birmingham, Rodney became a member of Southside Baptist Church, where he was an active member and donated his time and talent with the handbell choir. Rodney was a kind and loving soul who was always smiling and easily found humor in all aspects of life. Rodney touched many people throughout his life, and he will be sorely missed.
Rodney is survived by his loving parents, Roy Allen and Shirley Ann Wagnon Allen; his brother, Dr. Roger Dale Allen (all of Gadsden); his lifelong friend, Tracey Nicholson; and his chosen godchildren, Cody and Kaitlyn Nicholson; as well as many extended family members and friends.
Services will be held at Southside Baptist Church, Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors officiating. Visitation with friends will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Funeral service will be held at noon. Pastors J. Stephen Jones and Tim L. Kelly presiding. A graveside service for Rodney will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Crestwood Cemetery in Gadsden. Pastor Charles Smith presiding.
Rodney and his family greatly appreciate the loving care giving by the professionals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital.
Rodney asked that NO FLOWERS be sent for his funeral, but instead prefers donations made in his name to Southside Baptist Church Memorial (of Birmingham) or the American Liver Foundation.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Mar. 31, 2013