T. Ray Allen
T. Ray Allen
June 1, 1940 - August 2, 2018

T. Ray Allen, 78, of Palatka went to be with the Lord at his residence August 2, 2018 after a brief and courageous battle with melanoma cancer.

Ray was born in Jacksonville and had been a lifelong resident of Palatka. He was a 1958 graduate of Palatka Senior High School. He attended St. Johns River Junior College in Palatka where he played on the basketball team. In 2005 he retired from Georgia Pacific Corp. in Palatka after 46 years of service, where he worked in the water plant as an operator and did lab work. He had owned and operated Allen Hay Farms in Palatka for the past 45 years and had a special relationship with his customers. He had attended the University of Florida and had been a 50+ year Gator Booster. He was a Baptist and a member of Farm Bureau. He enjoyed his work in the hay fields, cookouts, attending church, and family reunions. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were very special to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tim and Evelyn Allen.

Surviving are his wife of 54 ½ years, Mary Allen of Palatka; two sons and daughter-in-law, Ron Allen of Palatka, and Kevin and Phyllis Allen of Palatka; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and David Dyess of Lake Worth; two sisters, Glenda Johns and Faye McNeill, both of Palatka; six grandchildren, Kevin “Dane” Allen, Jr., Kaitlyn Allen, Michael Dyess, Lauren Dyess, Amelia Allen, and Bracee Allen; four great grandchildren, Wyatt Allen, Rosie Allen, Kelson Rotkin-Allen, Jorja Mutter; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 6th at Masters Funeral Home of Palatka. A celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 7th at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Palatka with Pastor Willie McKinnon officiating. Burial will follow in Orange Springs Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Friends may sign the online register at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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