Great Spirit saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put His arms around you
And whispered "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you
As you slowly slipped away
And though we loved you dearly
We couldn't make you stay.
Your golden heart stopped beating
Your tired hands put to rest
Great Spirit broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
Edward Dana Allen, age 68, 201 Polly Erwin Cemetery Road, Erwin passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He was a son of the late Edward and Gloria Allen. Edward was an United States Army / Air Force Veteran. He was a Still Photographic Technician and was awarded the Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Device, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon. Edward was also a Sergeant with Tennessee Army National Guard. He was a Security Technician with Mountain States Health Alliance for twenty-five years, and was a member of the Erwin Amateur Radio Club.
Edward leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of one hundred twenty-five months, Penny Ann Allen; three daughters: Deanna Holman and husband, Bryce, Lela Criswell and husband, Brian, and Julie Betcke; two sons-in-law: Shannon Marshall and Jess Chapman; two brothers: Thomas Ramsdell and Martin Ramsdell; seven grandchildren: Drake Marshall, Amber Marshall, Dmitri Criswell, Mackenzie Criswell, Tara Criswell, Lucas Criswell, and Eli Holman; one aunt, Sandy; one niece Lindy Howell; his special fur-baby, Barley Chapman; and all his special friends from the Ham Radio family along with his Spiritual family.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family asks that contributions in memory of Edward Dana Allen be made to: www.gofundme.com/edwardallen or to the American Cancer Society online at https://donate3.cancer.org
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Allen family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Allen family. (423) 743-1380.