ALLEN, JOHN T. - 87, of Fountain City passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at Parkwest Medical Center after a courageous and steadfast battle from a lingering illness. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy having served as a naval aerial gunner during World War II. He was a founding member of Church of the Good Shepherd, where he remained a member for 55 years and a member of the church men's club. He provided dedicated service to the Norfolk-Southern Railway for nearly 40 years. He was a licensed amateur extra class radio operator; member of the Amateur Radio Club of Knoxville; and recognized in the Kerbela Rradio Amateur Service. He was a charter member of the East Tennessee Dx Association, subscribing to the amateur radio creed and amateur radio service. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League Dx Century Club which certified that K4HNI demonstrated two-way communication with other amateur stations in at least one hundred different countries and outstanding performance and the International Amateur Radio Union certifying two-way communication with other amateur stations in each of the six recognized continental areas of the world ( North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa,and Oceania) which authorizes the use of W.A.C. (Worked All Continents.) He earned the honor from Western Carolina Radio Society as a volunteer (radio) examiner. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and a Master Mason of the Woodlawn Fraternal Lodge (Alabama) 525 F.& A.M. for fifty years. He was a member of the North Knoxville Shrine Club, operating under the jurisdiction of the Kerbela Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Oasis of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a faithful and dedicated noble of the Mystic Shrine for 50 years, where he aided families and patients, serving as their driver to further aid the Shriner Crippled Children's Hospital and Burn Institute. He was bestowed the Shriners Hospital & Crippled Childrens 100 Million Dollar Club in support of the work of the world's greatest philanthropy "Es Seldmu Aleikum" and recognized from the Shriners Burn Institute-Cincinnati Unit for his continued and dedicated volunteer service. He was also a member of the Royal Order of the Jesters, Knoxville Court. He was awarded the State of Tennessee Honorary Colonel, aide de camp ,Governor Staff and commissioned a Kentucky Colonel from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He earned and received recognition for honorably serving his country, as a life membership bestowed to a member of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society where he was presented medals for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight, which is only second to his love and devotion that he unselfishly provided to his family and friends. He touched so many lives and the family is honored by their love, friendship and support. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Delberta, and his mother; Inez. He leaves son, Wayne Allen (Peggy Gorman Allen); daughter, Susan (Steve Gilliam); grandchildren, Chris Allen, Jennifer Allen, Korry Allen, Gretchen Gilliam, and David Gilliam; and his lap companion "Prince Dooby." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville.
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Visitation with the family will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Good Shepherd with Father Charles Fels and Deacon Lani Hubbard officiating. Graveside services will be immediately following at Greenwood Cemetery on Tazewell Pike. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at N. Broadway. Mr. Allen's guestbook is available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from July 17 to July 19, 2013