Frederick Carlisle Allison, Fred, went to his heavenly home on June 9, 2013 after a mighty battle with lung cancer.
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Fred was born October 18, 1922, in Covington, VA to Clarence and Lavinia Allison. He graduated from Covington High School in 1940 and went on to the University of Alabama. When World War II erupted, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Aleutian Islands for most of it.
On October 19, 1949, Fred married the love of his life, Phyllis Farrow. Their 64-year marriage is an inspiration to the whole family. Fred and Phyllis had three children, Mark, Anne and Mead, who believe that their father was the best father who ever lived!
Fred was a member of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, and had been both a deacon and an elder there. He worked for the City of Williamsburg from 1955-1985, serving in many capacities. He retired as Director of Public Works after a long civil engineering career.
For Fred, retirement meant more opportunities to hone his golf game and improve his painting abilities. His watercolors are treasured by family members. He was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting Civil War sites and reading about the war and its battles.
His sense of humor was well-known and the quips he left behind, his grandchildren lovingly refer to as "Granddadisms."
Mr. Allison was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Clarence Allison, his eldest son, Mark Allison, and his grandsons, Matt Scudder and Luke Foster. Fred is survived by his wife, Phyllis Allison; son, Mead (Victoria) Allison; daughter, Anne (Gary) Foster; daughter-in-law, Debra Allison; grandson, Jared Allison; granddaughters, Lisa (Matt) Willem, Tara (Jeremy) Aguilar, Julie (Mike) Foster and Elizabeth Allison; and three great-grandchildren (and one on the way.)
Services were held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg on Friday, June 14 at 2:00 PM. Burial was held at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4
…forever gone, but never forgotten.
Published in Virginia Gazette from June 12 to July 11, 2013