Richard D. Allen Jr.
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ALLEN, Richard D., Jr. Mr. Richard D. Allen, Jr., an attorney in Tallapoosa, Georgia, died of a massive heart attack Monday, March 2, 2009. He was 63. Son of the late Dr. Richard D. Allen and Betty Lou Allen of Tallapoosa, he was born November 9, 1945, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He graduated from Tallapoosa High School in 1963, having lettered in basketball and football. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University in 1967. After serving his country as a Specialist E4 in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army from 1968-70, he entered law school at Mercer and received his Juris Doctor in 1974. He was president of the Student Bar Association during his final year at Mercer, and as such he successfully led the effort to allow all third-year law students in Georgia to take the bar exam while still in school. After entering the State Bar of Georgia, he served briefly as an aide to the Committee on the Judiciary of the Georgia House of Representatives, after which he served for a time as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. He later entered private practice, focusing on criminal defense along with civil litigation and entertainment law. He was known as a tenacious and effective advocate, in the proud tradition of Haralson County-bred lawyers. Although never a candidate for elective office, he was very active in local, state, and national politics for more than a quarter of a century, and early on he attended the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Although he moved among the politically powerful and influential, he always had a soft spot in his heart for the underdog, and in his later years he spent much time working with the immigrant communities in the West Georgia area. Mr. Allen's personal interests and activities were far ranging. A lover of music, he was an early aficionado of the soul music scene in Macon in the 1960's. Later, he became professionally active in the entertainment industry, working with Atlanta radio personality Rhubarb Jones and the Georgia Film Commission. Intellectually curious and open to challenge, he was a voracious reader with a wide knowledge of history, politics, philosophy, and religion, and he enjoyed the company of persons of various racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. A memorial service for Mr. Allen will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Old Haralson County Courthouse, on the Square in downtown Buchanan, Georgia (at the intersection of U.S. 27 Bus. and Ga. Highway 120). The family will receive visitors at the courthouse immediately prior to the service from 2:15-3:00 p.m. A private interment will follow the service. Mr. Allen is survived by four siblings, including Rev. Claire Keene of Loudon, Tennessee; Robbye Drane of McDonough, Georgia; Rebecca Calhoun of Tallapoosa, Georgia; and Wayne Allen of Douglasville, Georgia; an aunt, Ruth Roberts of Carrollton, Georgia; and a number of nephews and nieces. The family requests that no flowers be sent. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in memory of Richard Allen to the Georgia Legal Services Program, 104 Marietta St., Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30303. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH in Marietta 770-420-5557.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 5, 2009.
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March 10, 2009
To the Allen Family: Richard is an honorary member of our families in Tennessee, Georgia, and Indiana. He was a strong advocate for Justice and a very wonderful and spiritual being. I regret not getting to know him better. I thank God that I had a chance to thank him on the behalf of family and tell him how much we appreciated him...cared about him...his thoughts and philosophy on life. Richard your memories will always be cherished.... my last thought to him was...we have "adopted you to the Wade Clan". Rest Well Richard and much God given comfort to your family.

In Christ,
Dr. MaLinda "Fay" Wade
Bartlett, TN
Dr. MaLinda Fay Wade
March 9, 2009
To Robbye, Dale and Marshall,
We are so sad over Richard's sudden passing. May God be with your family.
Mary and John Gussio
Mary Gussio
March 7, 2009
To the family of Richard Allen,

Richard, was a very caring person.May God comfort you during this time.Your family will be in my family prayers.
Marsha Wade
March 7, 2009
Mr. Richard Allen, was a great man in my eyes he fought for justice for the people who no was else would fight for. My heart is deeply sadden for the lost of Richard Allen, a true fighter for justice for all people. I am truly grateful to have cross paths with him. Some people will never know how hard Richard fought for the little people. God knows and that is all the matter rest in peace Mr. Allen.

I just want to tell the family the Mr. Allen, was a true hero for justice you should be proud of his life.

Vicki R. Wade
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Vicki Wade
March 7, 2009
Mr. Richard Allen, was a great man in my eyes he fought for justice for the people who no was else would fight for. My heart is deeply sadden for the lost of Richard Allen, a true fighter for justice for all people. I am truly grateful to have crossed paths with him. Some people will never know how hard Richard fought for the little people. God knows and that is all the matter rest in peace Mr. Allen.

I just want to tell the family the Mr. Allen, was a true hero for justice you should be proud of his life.

Vicki R. Wade
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Vicki Wade
March 6, 2009
Richard was a life long friend of mine. I am sorry for the loss. Such a brilliant mind.
Judy Pope
March 4, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family for their loss. Richard was a very kind and thoughtful man. I am very sad that the Lord took him at such a young age.
Charm Jones
Charm Jones
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