Alonzo Allen, Jr. was born on December 22, 1931 in Springfield, Ohio. The second child born to Alonzo Allen, Sr. and Anna Mae Gilbert-Allen. He departed this earthly world on February 7, 2021 at the age of 89 in his residence.
He is preceded in death by his father, Alonzo Allen Sr.; mother, Anna Mae Gilbert-Allen; sister, Edna Mae Allen-Wright and nephew, Artis Allen
Despite his special needs, he was one of Clark County’s Developmental Disabled residents to live in the community primarily on his own. He had support from the staff, but he persevered each day by living a self-sufficient and independent life. He didn’t allow his limitations to stop him in any manner. He gave 100% to each task and experience had encountered.
Alonzo not only worked hard, but he greatly enjoyed his leisure-time endeavors too. He took tremendous pleasure in playing sports. He enjoyed bowling, basketball, and softball. Often times, he would tell everyone that track was his favorite sport of all. For many years, he participated in the Special Olympics until his advanced age began to slow him down. In addition to sports, Alonzo appreciated fishing, camping and traveling. Las Vegas, Nevada was one of his favorite places to visit during his many excursions.
He often was observed listening to the sounds of Elvis Presley. He was a #1 Elvis Presley fan. He had a large collection of Elvis souvenirs and memorabilia. When anyone asked about Elvis, Alonzo would reply with a confident smile, “ELVIS IS THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL!"
In 2011, he successfully retired from the Department of Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where he worked for 27 years. His supervisors and co-workers consistently complimented him for his charming smile, outstanding work ethic, and loyalty he gave each and every day. After he retired, Alonzo moved to Columbus, Ohio to be closer to his nieces and nephews.
Alonzo leaves to cherish his memory two nieces, Carla Allen and Carletta and her husband, George Jones Sr., all of Columbus, Ohio; great-nephews, George Jones Jr. and Lawrence (Amber) Allen Sr.; great-niece, Charlotta Jones, all of Columbus, Ohio; great-great nephews, Chance Jones, of San Francisco, California and Lawrence Allen, Jr., of Columbus, Ohio; great-great nieces, La’Ryn Allen, and Mahogany Jones, both of Columbus, Ohio; Camaela Jones, of Yuma, Arizona and a host of many adopted nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends.
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