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Bobby Gene Allen Bobby Gene Allen passed away in Georgetown on Sunday, May 6, 2007 after a brave six-year struggle with stroke and vascular dementia. He was 76. Open visitation will be held on Friday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, Georgetown. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Georgetown. His body will be laid to rest at 4:00 p.m. that same day in his hometown of Hamilton, Texas. Bob Allen was greatly loved, admired and respected by his family and friends. He will be remembered as a leader in the state of Texas as well as at the national level, in the education of adults of all ethnic backgrounds, as an accomplished Naval officer, as a community library fundraiser and active adult literacy volunteer, and of course as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will also be remembered for his love of the outdoors, for serving his local church, ranching, gardening, canoeing and golfing. Bob attended Baylor University, where he met Marjorie Dorroh of Leander, Texas. They married after both graduated in 1953, and he immediately began his officer's candidacy in the Navy. Bob and Marj were first stationed in San Diego, California where he served on the U.S.S. Gurke Destroyer following the Korean War, and where she began a career commitment to teaching. He and Marj were also stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where their first son, David, was born. After the Navy, he served as assistant station manager for Pan American Airways in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where their daughter Jean Marie was born. When they returned to the Austin, Texas area, Bob served under John Connally and Preston Smith in the Texas Office of Economic Opportunity. Bob became the Director of Adult and Continuing Education for the Texas Education Agency in 1972, where he helped to develop an extensive adult basic education program for the state of Texas, as well as for the nation. In 1979 he was elected Chairman of the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. He retired from TEA in 1986. After retirement, Bob and Marj settled in Georgetown, Texas, and became active in the First Baptist Church. Bob was instrumental in beginning and facilitating many literacy groups in Williamson County. Bob Allen received many awards for public service during his lifetime, including awards as the Vice Chairman of the National SEOO Director's Association (1970), from the Texas A&M University Center for Community Education (1987), as the 1990-91 President of the Williamson Council Literacy Council, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award (1991), as President of the City of Cedar Park Public Library Board (1993), and Georgetown SERTOMA's 1997 Service to Mankind Award. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe Bailey Allen, Sr. and Callie Allen of Hamilton, Texas. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Joe Bailey Allen, Jr. and William Randolph Allen, and by his eldest son David Scott Allen. He is survived by his courageous and selfless wife of 53 years, Marjorie Elizabeth Dorroh Allen of Georgetown; one daughter, Jean Marie Solana and son-in-law Peter John Solana, Sr. of Austin, and one son, George Dorroh Allen and daughter-in-law Shannon Paige McIver Allen of Calgary, Canada; and four beloved grandchildren, Peter John Solana, Jr. and Christine Marie Solana of Austin, and Emily Paige Allen and Andrew George Allen of Calgary, Canada. The Allen family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Maryann Choi for her compassion, knowledge and leadership in the care she and her associates have provided over the six-year journey. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1333 W. University Ave., Georgetown, Texas, 78628. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on May 9, 2007
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