Rollie E. Allen, MD, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home June 27, after a short illness. He was born in Lawton, Ok., July 29, 1926 to Dorothy Adeline Northrop and Rollie Henry Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Timothy Allen and the mother of his children, Katherine Allen.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara Bryant Allen; sister, Carol Evans of Maryland; children, Chris Allen of Austin, Jane Collins of Old Orange Beach, Me., Richard Allen and wife Glenda of Livingston, Paul Allen of Mt. Holly, NC, and David Allen of Grand Prairie; nine grandchildren, Brad Allen, Aaron Allen, Dr. Nikolas Collins and wife Ashley, Erick Allen, Nathan Allen and wife Hope, Rebecca Chairez and husband Pablo, Leah Anthony and husband Travis, Kevin Allen and wife Katelynn, and Brian Allen; three step-grandchildren, Nick Savarino and wife Ashley, Steffen Savarino and wife Julie, and Steffany Wright and husband Dusty; 10 great-grandchildren and a host of extended family.
Rollie Allen was raised in Lawton and served during WWII as a Second Lieutenant. He went on to attend Oklahoma University School of Medicine, interned in Wichita Falls and completed his residency at Brackenridge Hospital of Austin. He moved to Orange, in 1955 and began his medical practice of 32 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1988. He then practiced as a Locum Tenens Physician, working all over Texas.
He was a longtime faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Orange where he served as an usher for many years. Rollie had a great love for the outdoors. He spent many hours hunting and fishing with great friends, as well as raising a vegetable garden and growing flowers. Dr. Allen was loved by his many patients throughout the years of his practice in Orange. He was told repeatedly how much he was missed as their family doctor. He was also a wonderful husband, father, and brother as well as a much loved grandfather and friend. He will be sorely missed by all.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 30, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 1, at First United Methodist Church of Orange at 501 N. 6th St. There will be a private burial held following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or to River City Hospice at 256 Strickland Dr, Orange, Tx 77630