Sidney Perry Allen

By FROM STAFF REPORTS,

Sidney Perry Allen, 68, of Jackson, died Saturday, Nov. 10, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Greenwood on July 22, 1950, to Shirley Perry Allen and Robert Julian Allen, Jr., he was raised in Indianola and graduated in 1968 from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a letterman on the men's tennis team. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1972 and served in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1968 through 1974.

Mr. Allen began his career working with his father at Delco Development Company in Indianola, followed by serving as a Congressional Aide in the D.C. office of U.S. Senator James O. Eastland. He returned to Mississippi in 1975 and back to Indianola in 1982 as Vice President of Allen Corporation, before moving back to Jackson in 1984. From that point forward, Mr. Allen served in a variety of capacities with his long-time friend, Mr. William J. Van Devender.

Mr. Allen was a lifetime member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and Ole Miss M-Club, and an unofficial founder of the "Left Field Lounge" at Swayze Field. An avid golfer and tennis player, he was a fixture at the Country Club of Jackson, serving as president in 1998. He was also an outdoorsman who loved spending time at Chateau Sho'Nuff Duck & Wine Club, where he occasionally hunted ducks and always enjoyed time with the club's distinguished members.

He believed in giving back to his community, having served as a leader in numerous organizations, including Christ United Methodist Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Perhaps his proudest philanthropic achievements came from his service of 22 years on the board of Friends of Children's Hospital. He served as Chairman of the Miracle Home project, co-chairman of the Annual Children's Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament and became Chairman of the Board earlier this year.

Above all, Mr. Allen was most proud he had been saved by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and was excited to spend eternity in Heaven. His unwavering faith provided comfort to family and friends during his final days on earth.

Mr. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Deborah Wood Allen of Jackson; his son, Sidney Perry Allen Jr. of Jackson (Kristin); his daughter, Rachel Wood Allen of Jackson; his brother, Meredith Baird Allen of Greenwood (Margaret); his sister, Shirley Anne Stringfellow of Mountain Brook, Ala. (Ed); his sister-in-law, Kathy Keach Allen of Oxford; his two grandsons, Sidney Perry Allen III and William Julian Allen of Jackson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends he considered family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Julian Allen, III.

A devoted husband and father, he was a particularly proud and loving grandfather, affectionately called "Poppa" by his grandsons and many friends of his children he loved like his own.

Visitation will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Children's Hospital at 3900 Lakeland Drive, Suite 205, Flowood, Mississippi 39232 or to Christ United Methodist Church.