ALLEN, CWO4 GEORGE ROSS, USMC RETIRED - age 73, passed away suddenly on the evening of Monday, November, 18, 2013. George is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Dolores Allen, who he enjoyed a blissful marriage lasting 52 years; his beloved children, Joseph Baneth Allen and Selma Victoria Franz; beloved son-in-law, Christopher Franz; his devoted grandchildren Jeff, Zack, and Ashley and her husband Kevin, who he held close to his heart; and his great grandchildren, Addison and Markaylynn. George is preceded in death by his parents, Wade B. Allen and Florence Victoria Allen; his sisters, Vicki, Marie, and Mary-Ann; and his brother, Wade B. Allen, Jr. George's passion for military service spanned 35 years - 30 of which were spent in the United States Marine Corps. Not a day went by that he did not live by the Marine motto. He did three tours of duty in Viet Nam; was present and injured during the terrorist attack at the Beirut International Airport; and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In his spare time, George earned his certification as a gemologist; and was an amateur archeologist. He also enjoyed going to the ruby mines in Franklin, North Carolina, fishing, and going out on family outings. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2103, in Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville FL 32218. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. (904) 288-0025 www.hgmandarin.comSemper Fi
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 24, 2013