Mr. Robert Lee Allen

R. L. Allen Dies In Flovilla Home
The death of Mr. Robert Lee Allen, 73 years of age, widely known business man who had long been identified with the business and cultural life of Butts county, occurred Sunday night at his home in Flovilla. In declining health for several months, Mr. Allen had been seriously ill for a month and for the past several days his condition was a matter of concern to the family and friends.
Active business man, Mr. Allen was a son of Robert Allen and Margaret Elder Allen, his mother having been a member of a pioneer family of Indian Springs. The family resided at Indian Springs for several years and Mr. Allen's first business connection was as a clerk with the firm of J. G. Daughtry and Brother. Later he was affiliated with Dempsey and Fennel in Jackson and later entered business in Flovilla. At that time, about 1883, Flovilla was the county's largest town and the department store operated by Mr. R. L. Allen was one of the largest in this section. For more than fifty years the R. L. Allen Trading Company has served the people of Flovilla and adjacent territory.
A man of high ideals of honesty, integrity and business dealings, Mr. Allen had long been influential in the affairs of his section. He was a member of the Flovilla Methodist church and of Indian Springs Masonic lodges. He was interested in the affairs of his town and county and was active in religious affairs as long as his health permitted.
He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Marie Marshall of Eatonton; two sons, R. L. Allen, Jr., Tampa, Fla. and Marshall Allen, Flovilla; five daughters, Mrs. Orvis A. Roberts, Atlanta; Mrs. John W. Harkins, McDonough; Miss Sarah Allen, Birmingham; Miss Carolyn Allen, Atlanta, and Miss Rebekah Allen. Bessie Tift College student; two sisters, Miss Ida Allen, Indian Springs, and Mrs. John L. Coleman, Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at the Flovilla Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock and Rev. W. J. Self and Dr. Aquila Chamlee conducted the impressive rites. Active pallbearers were Orvis A. Roberts, J. W. Harkins, A. M. Marshall, Sr., A. M. Marshall, Jr., Earl Tuggle and A. F. White. Honorary pallbearers were J. S. Cumming, F.C. Maddux, W. A. Smith, M. L. Freeman, Bob Smith, Dr. J. E. Woods, Curtis Johnston, H. L. Daughtry, B. A. Wright, O. A. Pound, J. M. Greer and Sam Smith. Many relatives and friends were present to pay tribute to this prominent citizen and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Interment was in the Flovilla cemetery with D. T. Carmichael in charge of arrangements.

(Jackson Progress Argus - 14 Jul 1938)

Submitted by V. S. Harrison

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