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Thomas Lewis Allen

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Thomas Lewis ALLEN Born May 10, 1929 in Benham Kentucky, passed away with patience and dignity on December 25th 2003 in Seattle. He faced multiple medical problems. Tom's family moved to River Rouge, Michigan where he participated in High School football, track, and boxing. Lovingly called Hon. or Ike, Tom graduated from So. Carolina State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and received his ROTC commission in the US Army, completing Infantry School, Airborne School and Ranger School at Ft. Benning Ga. He worked in the Intelligence Division in Germany and Korea. Tom was transferred to Ft. Lewis in 1957 and was the Post Insurance Officer. He received an honorable discharge in 1961 and moved to Seattle where he was Lead in Material at Boeing from 1961-1965. Then he began a 29 year career as an Allstate Insurance Agent. As the 1st African American hired by Allstate in this area, he was a leader and the 1st agent to attend the Conference of Champions his first year. He received numerous awards for his achievement of top sales and flourishing book of business. Hard working and devoted Tom spent countless hours helping others. He was a member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and sponsored youth basketball teams. At age 35, he ran for State Representative, 37th District. As a long time active resident of the Leschi neighborhood he was one of the founders of the Leschi Improvement Council. Tom leaves to cherish and celebrate his memory; five children, Sarita Allen, Paul Mathews, Lewis Allen, Tamara Allen and Malaika Allen; his sister, Ola Shakelford and numerous nieces and nephews. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Jessie siblings; Jessie Jr., Joseph, Malachi, Doris and Artelia. A sweet, kind, gentleman; respected for his integrity and generosity, he loved to say, " I just want to be a friend to man." Tom was also a very positive person and used to say, " There is more than one way to solve a problem and if I encounter prejudice I look at how that problem can be turned into a positive result; I never hated anyone." A Memorial will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday January 5th at Bleitz Funeral Home - 316 Florentia Street in Seattle. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) P.O. Box 22483 Seattle WA 98122.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 4, 2004
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