DS1 Raleigh H. Allen, III - 11AUG51 to 26JAN12

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DS1 Raleigh H. Allen, III - 11AUG51 to 26JAN12

Postby Fburtxds1 on Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:23 pm

I just learned today of the passing almost exactly two years ago of one of my shipmates and good friends from the USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20. I don't know his class numbers from Mare Island:

Link to Raleigh's Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/batesv ... =155662415

Reverend Raleigh Howell Allen, III
(August 11, 1951 - January 26, 2012)


Celebration of Life service for Reverend Raleigh H. Allen, III, who passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 12 Noon at Greater Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 1045 – 16th Street, South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33712; Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate; Reverend Jimmy Thompson, Presiding Elder; Reverend Clarence Williams, Pastor. Interment will follow in Royal Palm South Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Reverend Raleigh H. Allen, III, the son of the late Dr. Raleigh H. Allen, Jr. of Tuskegee, Alabama and Mary Francis Allen of Tampa, Florida, was born in Aurora, Illinois, on August 11, 1951. He relocated to Tampa with his family as a youth and received his education at local Hillsborough County Schools. He attended the University of South Florida and received a Bachelor of Divinity from Faith Grant College. He was in the process of completing his Masters of Theology at Trinity University.

Raleigh served in the United States Navy and was in the Vietnam War. Raleigh met Juneartta (June) Bannister in 1971 and the two were married in 1978. From this union were two children, Raleigh IV and Martina. Raleigh was employed at St. Petersburg College for over twenty-two years. In his current role he served as Information Technology Supervisor.

Raleigh accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior at an early age and was called to the Ministry in 1995. He served as Pastor to Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Rubonia; First Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Church, Tampa and Mt, Olive (Bealsville Community), Plant City. Raleigh kept his personal unshakable relationship with the Lord until he was called to his Heavenly home.

He leaves to cherish memories of him: a loving wife, Juneartta Allen; devoted children, Raleigh H. Allen, IV (Tia) and Martina S. Allen; grandchildren, Raleigh H. Allen, V and McKenzie M. Allen; mother, Mary Francis Wilson Allen; sisters, Sandra Kelley (Prince), Hollianne Wright and Renee Allen; nieces and nephews, Prinsan Kelley, Adrienne Bell (Ronald), Terrence Nelson, Cheri Faison-Moore, Francene Faison, Patrick Bannister, Amesha Holsey (Anthony), Jamar Bannister, Sedarain Kendrick, Amber Bannister-Akins, David Jones and Minnie Allen; mother-in-law, Mae Bannister; sisters-in-law, Dawn C. Bannister and Verena Kendrick; brother-in-law, Ferdinand B. Bannister (Ellie); a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and countless other relatives and friends.

There will be a wake from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, 1902 W. LaSalle Street – Tampa, Florida 33607.

My Comments: As I mentioned, Raleigh was a very good friend. In fact, I even co-signed on a car loan for him to buy a used car in Norfolk not too long after he reported aboard in 1973. Shortly after he got his car he and some buddies were busted by base police when they found a joint on the floorboard of his car. Of course he swore it wasn't his, but he was the owner of the car so he had to take the fall.

I'm sure this is a pretty common tale or potential tale for quite a few of us on this forum. Could've happenened to any number of us. But, unfortunately for Raleigh, it happened to him and he got busted to DSSN at Captain's Mast. This was during the illustrious command of my favorite Skipper, Captain James "Ace" Lyons, of whom I've written before. In fact I wrote about this specific incident.

In that story I related how "Ace" kept his eye on Raleigh and observed that Raleigh did not let it get to him. Intead he took it like a man and worked hard to recover from the blow. Because of this the Skipper decided he had learned his lesson and reinstated him to DS3 a few months later in time for him to take the DS2 exam along with his peers. He made DS2 before I left the ship. And yes, he paid off the car as well. But I always had faith in him. I wouldn't have co-signed for him if I didn't.

I later read in The Navy Times where he made First Class a few months after I started teaching at CSTSC. He was right on track with the other three guys that reported aboard the RKT at the same time he did; George Desser, Keith Landry and Francis Gallant.

I tried to get in touch with him a few years ago when I learned he was living in the Tampa Bay area, but we were never able to reconnect. Too bad. Hopefully I can run into him on the next Spiritual Plane. Till then, Fair Winds and Following Seas, my friend. - FB
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