Carter R. Allen | (1921 – 2008)
Carter Randolph Allen, 86, of Summit Square, Oak Avenue, Waynesboro, Virginia, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at home.
He was born August 28, 1921, in Elkins, West Virginia, the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to James Edward Allen and Susan Hackney Garrott. He loved to tell stories from his childhood years growing up in Halliehurst Hall at Davis and Elkins College, especially the ones that involved the antics of his older brothers.
Carter served as a Lieutenant (JG) USNR during World War II, spending 19 months on the destroyer USS MacDonough, DD 351 as a Gunnery and Material Officer. His ship and crew participated in major engagements and campaigns that helped “win back the Pacific,” including the Gilbert Islands “October, 1943″, the Marshall Islands, Eniwetok Island, the Marianas Islands, Holandia, New Guinea, Palau Island, Leyte Island, Mindoro Island, Luzon Island and Okinawa Island “April, 1945″. He married Helen Porter Coley at the beginning of a six-week leave, on February 25, 1945, after which he returned to the Western Pacific for the Okinawa invasion.
He graduated from Marshall College, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1943 and later served as a member of its Alumni Association. In 1948 he graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, and served as Class Agent from 1955 until 2000.
Carter was passionate about his work. He practiced law in Waynesboro from November, 1948 to June, 2002, and continued going to his office up until just last year. He began his vocation as a solo practitioner and finished as the senior partner in the law firm currently known as Allen and Carwile, PC. He served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Waynesboro from 1954 until 1969 and for the County of Augusta from 1959 until 1960. He also served as City Attorney for Waynesboro on three different occasions for a total of 25 years. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Virginia Law Foundation, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association and a member and past president of the Waynesboro/Augusta County Bar Association. He also served on several Virginia State Bar committees. Carter esteemed his colleagues and cherished their friendships.
He belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro and faithfully found his way there for 60 years. Carter was an active member in the life of the church and served in many different ways throughout the years, including as Elder and Deacon.
He was a Charter Member of the Waynesboro Country Club and served as past President/Director of many community organizations including YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Community Chest Drive “United Way”, Rotary Club (where he was a Paul Harris Fellow), Lion’s Club, Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro Community Hospital, Shenandoah Shared Hospital Services, Augusta Memorial Hospital Corporation, Blue Ridge Multiple Sclerosis Society, and various banks and lending institutions, including the “round bank” downtown.
Carter loved the Alleghenies and leaned toward them often, knowing his beloved West Virginia was just a few hours’ drive and eight mountains away. And he loved to drive those mountains fast, calling many of the hairpin curves by name – proudly announcing as he approached, with a sparkle in his eye and a chuckle in his voice, “That’s where (name any daughter) got carsick.”
He loved his roses and his boxwoods. He tended to them lovingly and shared their beauty freely, to the delight of many. Carter played a mean game of tennis and could be found most Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings on the courts.
The fullness of his beautiful light was still shining in his smile and in his eyes and especially in his humor all the way up to his dying day. Carter’s humor was his last gift, and he gave it unreservedly to everyone around him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Helen Porter Coley Allen, on March 14, 2000; his second daughter, Elizabeth Carter Allen, on June 3, 2004; his sister, Frances Blunt Allen, on November 11, 1920; and his brothers, James Edward Allen Jr., on October 16, 1972, Joseph Garrott Allen, on January 10, 1992, Robert Alfriend Allen, on October 4, 1993, and Charles Garrott Allen, on December 19, 2006.
Survivors include his daughters, Charlotte Wade Allen of Forest and Staunton, Mary Dudley Allen Eggleston and Catherine Garrott Allen, both of Afton; his grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Mason of Staunton, Mary Carter Mason Stallings of Morehead City, North Carolina, Carter Christian Eggleston of Davidson, North Carolina and Daniel Mercer Eggleston of Afton; and his great-granddaughter, Caroline Helen Stallings of Morehead City, North Carolina.
Carter was devoted to his family, his church, his profession, and his community.