Edwin Allen, 92, of Franklin, formerly of the Caney Spring Community of Marshall County, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Franklin.
Mr. Allen was born in Marshall County, and was a son of the late William George and Lennie Johnson Allen. He was a graduate of Forrest School, Class of 1938, and a lifelong member of Caney Spring United Methodist Church. He was a prominent dairy farmer, and was very active in community and civic affairs. He was a life member and past president of the Chapel Hill Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Award recipient. He also served as a director for Duck River Electric Cooperative; a director of Upper Duck River Development Association, Director and Chairman of Select Sires; a director of Alabama Milk Producers; Chairman of Marshall County Equalization Board; Director and Chairman of the Marshall County Farm Bureau; and was a member of the Marshall County Laymen's Club. Mr. Allen was also a lifelong member of the Marshall County Democratic Party and served as a member of the 1971 Tennessee Constitutional Convention.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Bush Allen; a son, Alex Allen; grandson, Hunter Raquet; sister, Sara Neill; and brother, Bill Allen.
Mr. Allen is survived by daughters, Carol (Charles) Bond of the Bethesda Community, Nancy (Oliver) Brown of Franklin, Margaret Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Elizabeth (Jimmy) Jewell of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Debbie Allen of the Caney Spring Community; sister, Frances Harrell of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Susan Brown of Franklin, Melissa (Chris) Ayers of Cypress, Texas, Allen (Marijo) Bond of the Bethesda Community, Robert (Maureen) Bond of the Bethesda Community, Melinda Carbone of Jacksonville, Fla., Lennie (Rocky) Tradd of Kingsland, Ga., John Daniel (Lindsey) Allen of the Caney Spring Community, Cannon (Lucretia) Allen of the Caney Spring Community, Sara (Brian) Fuller of Lewisburg, and Christopher Raquet of Franklin; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation began Tuesday at Lawrence Funeral Home.
Family members will receive friends on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 10 until 11 a.m. at Caney Spring United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. George Jones and Rev. Steven Christopher officiating. Burial will follow in Allen Cemetery in the Caney Spring Community.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Allen Cemetery, c/o Marilyn Vaughn, Treasurer, 3783 Verona Caney Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 or to Caney Spring United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, c/o Sam Moses, 1630 Old Hwy. 99, Chapel Hill, TN 37034
Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapel Hill, is in charge of arrangements.