ALLABAND Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Mr. W. A. Al Allaband, age 82, husband of the late Jean Bennett Allaband, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Sunday morning, October 6, 2013 at the Morris Center in Jacksonville. Born in Thomasville, GA, he was the son of the late, William Allee and Lulu Cooksey Allaband. As a young man, he grew up in Spartanburg, SC and was a graduate of Spartanburg High School, Class of 1948. After high school, Al attended Clemson University and was a member of the Clemson Tigers Football team before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He served in the Korean Conflict after which time he entered Officer Candidate School in March of 1953. Upon being honorably discharged, he joined the USMC Reserves and enrolled at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. He was extremely proud of being a Mustang. In 1960, and after completing college he was discharged from the Reserves. At that time Al began a long career in the Automotive Industry as a Sales and Marketing Executive. His civilian career began with Chrysler Motors Dodge Division, Management Training Program. He moved over to Nissan Motors in 1975 where he remained until retiring in 1987as a Sales and Marketing Executive. At the time of his retirement, he and his wife, Jean, moved to Fernandina Beach, FL. The Allaband's enjoyed their life of retirement together on Piney Island until Mrs. Allaband passed away in 2007. Mr. Allaband was an active and highly visible member of the United States Marine Corps League where he served twice as Commandant. He was much beloved by the members of the MCL/Everett P. Pope Detachment. He leaves behind a step son, Joseph H. Brown, Jr. and his wife Barbara E. Libby Brown of Waxhaw, NC, a step daughter, Delores A. Kells and her husband Lt. Col. Richard Kells, USAF, Ret. of Fayetteville, NC, two grandsons and their wives, Richard Winfield Kells and wife, Andrea of Alexandria, VA and John Lee Kells and wife, Lacy of Raleigh, NC and one sister, Joann Everett of Ft Lauderdale, FL. Funeral services will be in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home on Saturday at 11:00 AM with his close friend, Cal Atwood and Chaplin Milton Wilford officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps Honors Detail. Mr. Allaband will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 15th at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Marine Heritage Foundation, Quantico, VA. Please share his life story at www.oxleyheard.com OXLEY - HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Oct. 10, 2013