Norman Ray Allen
SALISBURY - Norman Ray Allen, 66, died Friday, June 1, 2007 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House in Winston-Salem. He was born February 13, 1941 in Rowan County, to the late Helen McDaniel Allen and the late Ervin Walter Allen Sr. He was a 1959 graduate of Boyden High School.
Mr. Allen was a veteran of the United States Army, had two tours in Vietnam, and was a helicopter pilot. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with V Device, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal 15 Device, the Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal, The Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Senior Aviation Badge.
Mr. Allen worked for the U.S. Post Office, he was a member of Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith and a trustee. He was a member of Faith Civitan Club and Faith American Legion, Rockwell Amvets, a Life Member of DAV and VFW. The Faith JCs voted him Senior Citizen of the year in 2006. He was Executive Officer of the Charter Organization of Shiloh. He was also involved with Boy Scouts of America, and was a BSA Past District Commissioner, Member of the Order of the Arrow, recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and held the Wood Badge.
A son, Norman Russell "Rusty" Allen preceded him in death, on March 25, 1996.
Survivors are wife: Wanda Evans Allen, whom he married December 13, 1958; sons: Gregory Todd Allen of El Paso, Texas, Jody Ray Allen and wife Angela of Salisbury, five grandchildren: Amanda, Joey, Savanna, Jessie and Ian, and one great grandchild: Macy Wellmon. Also surviving are brother: Ervin Walter Allen Jr. of Churchland and sisters: Peggy Teal of Concord, Eleanor Burton of Salisbury and Faye Raney of Perlear, NC.
Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Monday at Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith with the Rev. Wayne Trexler officiating. Burial will be at the Salisbury National Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Rowan County Honor Guard. Visitation: 7-8:30 pm tonight at Lyerly Funeral Home.
Memorials: in lieu of flowers, to Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith, P.O. Box 308, Faith, NC 28041 or to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Condolences at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com
Published by Salisbury Post on Jun. 3, 2007.