Athens, Georgia - Mr. Benjamin Heyward Allen, Sr., 86, of Milledge Circle, Athens, Ga. died Monday, May 10, 2004.
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Mr. Allen was the son of the late Walter Percy Allen, and Pearl Gammill Allen. He was born October 5, 1917 in Lafayette, Alabama. He founded Heyward Allen Motor Company, Inc. and served as Chairman until his retirement in 1986.
Mr. Allen attended Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama where he played quarterback and was the Captain of the 1937 'All Southern' championship football team. He attended the University of Georgia in 1938 where he was a three-year letterman with the Georgia Bulldog football team. He was elected Captain of the 1941 Orange Bowl team by his teammates. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1942. During his college years, Mr. Allen was a member of the Gridiron Secret Society, the Blue Key Club, the University of Georgia Letterman's Club, and the Chi Phi Social Fraternity.
After college, Mr. Allen enlisted in the United States Navy and served with distinction as a Lieutenant in World War II aboard the USS Kalinin Bay aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.
After World War II, Mr. Allen began a career as an automobile dealer. In 1947 he returned to Athens and formed Heyward Allen Motor Company, Inc. At various times until his retirement, he operated automotive franchises for Kaiser, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercury, Fiat, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan. During his automotive career, Mr. Allen served as President of the Georgia Automobile Dealer's Association, a Director of the National Automobile Dealer's Association for over 10 years, and a founding Director of the American Imported Automobile Dealer's Association. He received numerous awards in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the automotive industry including the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1974.
Mr. Allen who became affectionately known as 'Coach' in his later life was also active in local civic, social and business affairs. He was President of the Athens Touchdown Club, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia Student Education Foundation, a Director of the First American Bank, the YMCA, and the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Athens City Club, the Athens Country Club and the First Baptist Church of Athens.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Stanier Allen, brother, Dr. James B. Allen, a daughter, Suzanne Allen Taylor, two sons, Alexander B. Allen and Benjamin Heyward Allen, Jr. and five grandchildren, Elizabeth Westbrook Allen, Clinton Alexander Allen, Corinne Chadwick Allen, Benjamin Heyward Allen, III, and Lucy Banner Allen.
Mr. Allen was blessed with the love, support, and friendship of his caregivers; Mrs. Lulu Daniels, Mrs. Betty Adams, Ms. Mahalia Taylor, and Mrs. Eloise Rucker.
Funeral Services will be held at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Ga. at 11:00 am on Thursday May 13th, with the Reverend Jon Appleton officiating.
The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home, 3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, Ga. from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday May 12th.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heyward Allen Scholarship Fund, University of Georgia Athletic Association, PO Box 1472, Athens, Ga. 30603-1472 or the YMCA of Athens, 915 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, Ga. 30606 or the First Baptist Church of Athens, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, Ga. 30601.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
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Athens Banner-Herald, Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 12, 2004