Our beloved father, Dr. Phillip Ronald Allen, 81, of Monroe, fondly known as “Dr. Dad” by his children and “Paw-paw” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, died peacefully at home Monday, April 5, 2021, due to inoperable lung cancer.
Dr. Phillip Ronald Allen was born at home in the Youth community, Walton County, on Dec. 27, 1939. As a teenager, he served in the Seabees from 1957 to 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Runa (Daniel), whom he knew since kindergarten, on July 29, 1959, and God blessed this union with five children.
Phillip was born again in 1964, and shortly after that surrendered to God’s calling him to preach and enrolled in Bible College. Five years later, Phillip answered God’s calling him into foreign missions and surrendered his life to carry the Gospel to the people of Brazil.
In May 1969, Phillip received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Immanuel Bible College of Atlanta and his Bachelor of Theology a year later. And in 1997, he received his doctorate from Carolina University of Theology in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He also had two other master’s degrees: one in Christian education and another in Christian counseling/psychology.
Throughout his life, Phillip practiced good stewardship and meticulously maintained accurate financial records, once asking his bank to correct a 1-cent error on its part. And in time, he managed to give each of his children a car of their own. His passion was preaching the Gospel to the Brazilian people (and any Portuguese speaking peoples around the world). Two Sundays before his “presence with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), he stood and preached at his home church, Victory Baptist Church of Loganville, “Three Unchangeable Things” (Malachi 3:6); The Word of God, The Way to God, and The Will of God.
Dr. Dad's favorite hobby was fruits, vegetables and herbs gardening, and he had a couple of small farms throughout his years with a variety of different animals as well. His favorite meal was churrasco, (shewhascu), a Brazilian rotisserie buffet of a variety of meats. He spoke English and Portuguese fluently, and he taught himself Spanish and read entirely through Bible in each of those three languages.
Dr. Phillip Ronald Allen was the youngest of two sons born to Benjamin Franklin and Sadie (Needham) Allen, both deceased. His wife of 60 years, Charlotte Runa (Daniel) Allen also preceded him into eternity as well as two grandchildren, twins Melissa and Sabrina Allen (1992).
He is survived by five children and four in-laws: Renae and George Oakley of Suwanee, Scott and Donna, of Joinville, Brazil; Laura, of Monroe, James and Soraia, of Joinville, and Andrew and Jacqueline, of Cumming. Other survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Glenda, of Resaca, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Brenda (Daniel) Brewster, of Bowden; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at Victory Baptist Church in Loganville with Pastor Derik Lawrence and Dr. Dean Hamby officiating.
Pallbearers will be the church’s Global Evangelism Team.
Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Monroe.
Meadows Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements. Online: meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Visitation will be from from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.