Francis Allen


Francis Afton Allen, 93, of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in a local healthcare facility.

He was of the Church of God faith and attended Brainerd Hills Chapel in Chattanooga.

He was a well-known builder in the Cleveland and Bradley County area for over 60 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and served during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Augustine Clark Allen, who passed away Jan. 1, 2019; his parents, J.B. Allen and Nora Louisa Trotter Allen; sister, Hazel Lee; brother, F.G. Allen; two half sisters: Ruby Crocker and Pearl Toomey; and half brother, Lee Mowery.

Survivors include his daughter, Martha Jane (Steve) Hunt of Cleveland; two grandchildren: Jennifer Ann Herron and Vickie Marie Herron, both of Cleveland; four great-grandchildren: Alaina Marie Graham, Chloe Jada Graham, Tyson DeWayne Lawson, and Kayden Raine Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

 The funeral will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Herron and Pastor Kelvin Russell Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Ken Jones, Jason Stephens, Steve Hunt, Steve Robinson, Victor Lee, and Kent Berry serving as pallbearers. Military honors, a white dove release ceremony, and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

 We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Allen family guestbook at


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