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Mark Allen obit 1

Mark W Allen November 27, 1959- May 13, 2016

While surrounded by loving family and friends, Mark W Allen age 56 of Knoxville TN unexpectedly left his earthly home to join his Heavenly family on May 13, 2016. Mark was born Mark William Allen in California to the late Lonnie Allen and late Joann Pennington Allen (Leyshon). He is preceded in death by infant daughter Mandi Joann Allen 12/21/1977-01/12/1978 (daughter of Shelia Hodge), infant daughter Carolina Summer (daughter of Christie VanGorder) and son Justin 02/29/1984-01/11/2013 (son of Diana Allen). He was also preceded in death by his father Lonnie Allen, as well as his mother Joann Pennington Allen (Leyshon). The family he sadly leaves behind includes daughter Kayla Allen (daughter of Diana Allen), sons Hank Allen and Andrew Lauer (sons of Christie VanGorder). He also leaves behind numerous close friends and acquaintances.

Mark’s life was a full one. From laughter and love to great sadness. He was a native of California and relocated to Mtn City TN with his mother and father where he attended Johnson County High School. After high school he joined the Navy from November 3, 1977 until being honorably discharged March 31, 1978. Later in life, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became manager/CEO of Film Salvage Company. Circumstances in life brought him to Knoxville TN and then allowed him to travel and prosper in Charleston SC as well as for a time in St Augustine FL. He then returned to Knoxville TN where he lived until late 2013. He then left for Hawaii where he thrived for a period of time and then chose to return to Knoxville TN to be closer to his son and daughter.

During Mark’s life and travels, he has made numerous friends who dearly love him and his presence will be so sadly missed.

Mark’s pride was wrapped up in his children as well as his three grand babies, Rae Allen (daughter of Justin Allen and Laura Mullins-Eaton), Aiden James Allen (son of Kayla Allen and Charlie Weismueller) and Arianna Grace (Gracie) Allen (daughter of Justin Allen and Amy Barksdale). He was affectionately called “Poppi” by these three blessings and his life was brightened by their presence. We cannot fail to mention his dedicated and always loving buddy “Butchie”, a Boston Terrier who just worshipped this human of his and had Mark’s heart wrapped up with his.

While living in Mtn City TN, Mark attended Pleasant Grove Baptist church. When life relocated him to Knoxville, he attended Faith Promise Church where he remained a part of until his untimely passing. Mark chose to be cremated.

His son Hank and daughter Kayla have chosen to honor his memory by having a “Celebration of Life Service” at Faith Promise Church in Maryville-Blount County Campus. The service date/times will are as follows: Location: Faith Promise Church-Maryville-Blount County Campus 539 N Foothills Plaza Dr Maryville, TN 37801 Date: Thursday May 19, 2016 Visitation: 4:30 – 7:30 Service: 7:30 until Anyone wishing to do so, may reach out to Mark’s family via Facebook-Hank Allen and/or Kayla Allen. Kayla and Hank are very appreciative of any cards/correspondence that you may wish to send. If you would like, you may contact them at addresses to follow: Kayla Allen 4201 Foley Dr Knoxville TN 37918 and/or Hank Allen 104 Lucy LN Maryville TN 37803