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Randy Lee Allen
January 5, 1952 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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The family of Army Retired Major Randy Lee Allen (71) sadly announces his passing on December 24, 2023, at the home, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Randy was born in Rowan County on January 5, 1952 to the late Herman Sylvester Allen and the late Nancy Mae Thomason Allen. After graduating from West Rowan High School, where he was quarterback and captain of the football team, and captain of the wrestling team, he joined the United States Army, and spent 39.5 years in the Army and Army Reserves, for which he had great passion. He wrote a book called “Season Five” about his war-time mission in North Vietnam. He spent time as a Paratrooper, Army Ranger, and as Commander of the local Transportation Reserve Unit.
Randy completed his education at the University of NC at Charlotte with a major in Urban Geography. His non-military career included working in the textile industry, North Hills Christian School, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, as well as officiating high school and college football. He made friends from all paths of life and appreciated varying world cultures. He especially enjoyed spending time with his football official buddies and playing golf. In his retirement years, he was dedicated to helping the homeless and underprivileged of the community, particularly veterans, through various Christian ministries, some of which he founded.
Those left to honor his memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Smith Allen, his daughters Crystal and Gail, his grandaughter, Elizabeth, his beloved dogs Sparkles and Lily, siblings David (Susan), Janie Drechsler (Mark), Barry (Vickie), and Paula Herion (Ron), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A service of honor and remembrance will take place at the Salisbury National Cemetery on January 8, 2024 at 2pm. The family invites you to drop by for a time of visitation in the Fellowship Hall of Milford Hills United Methodist Church, between 3-6pm the same day. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please continue Randy's legacy by serving others through a random act of kindness, planting a tree or wildflower garden, or simply enjoying time in nature.