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Raymond D. Allen
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
  • Shriners Hospital
    950 W. Faris Road
    Greenville, SC 29605-4227
  • St. Matthews Lutheran Church
    405 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“Nelle, I will always remember your wedding anniversary because Russell had seen you and Raymond shortly after the wedding as he was on his way home...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Stephanie Easterling - SC

“Nelle, I am sorry to hear of your loss. What an amazing person your husband was. I know you will miss him but glad you have so many special memories....Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon Croft - Friend

“Sweet lady,my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Raymond was such a humble man.With much love,Rhetta Cumbee ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Nelle,Please accept our deepest sympathies. Raymond will be missed by so many people who lives he touched. We have such great memories with AACA...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Jameson - Charleston, SC

“Nelle, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We have many fond memories of Raymond. With love, Joe Allen and Donna...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Jarrell - CHARLESTON, SC

“Nelle am sorry about Raymond.He was good person he will be missed god bless. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: ERIC HOWARD - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Nelle,I was so saddened to read of your loss. Your happy memories will carry you through this difficult time and beyond. Please know that you are in...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria Dunlap - North Charleston, SC

“I knew Raymond for almost 60 years of which 30+ were at the mill where we partnered in what was the "perfect job" which was to lead in the...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: John Evans - KINGSTREE, SC

“A true gentleman and good friend, gone too soon. Drive that Model A thru the pearly gates, Raymond....you earned it. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mark + Shirley Henley - SC

“Sorry to learn of your loss. I have many good memories from working with Ray at Westvaco. May God bless you during this difficult time. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Bernadine Carter - Hanahan, SC

“Saddened to hear of Raymond's passing. Was lucky to have worked for him as an engineering tech one summer at the paper mill. May GOD bless and...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: CLAY CRANFORD, - SMMERVILLE, SC

“Raymond was one of my best friends. I expect many could say this. I never heard a cross word about him from anyone. That's rare indeed in this...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Eddie Collins - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I will truly miss you dear friend. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Sealy - Summerville, SC

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: T D


Raymond D. Allen,88, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 surrounded by his family. To know Raymond was to love and appreciate this giving, accomplished and very gentle human being. His Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Raymond was born November 20, 1931, in Milton, West Virginia, to the late Howard and Virginia Allen. He was the eldest of six siblings. After graduating from high school, he entered The Citadel but after two years as a cadet, he was drafted into the US Army and proudly served in the Korean War. After service, he reentered The Citadel and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Raymond's love for engineering kept him employed with Westvaco for his entire working career. During those 37 years, he mentored many young bright engineers that would always be eager to learn from Raymond.

He retired in 1994 so he could spend more time with his second love-restoring Model A's. Raymond was a charter member of the Low Country Model A Club and charter member of the AACA club. He made several trips across country in the Great American Race of Old Cars. "There is nothing like driving a Model A across country", he would often say to all. He was voted, by his peers, BEST FRIEND OF THE GREAT RACERS, several times, for his steady help and hand fixing the cars while traveling across country.

Raymond was a dedicated member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, serving on the Men's work crew for many years. He became a mason and was a member of the Dorchester Masonic Lodge and a member of the OMAR Shriners. A devoted family man, the best friend to many and relentlessly charitable to all who knew him, he was forever faithful to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with so many to call him a friend, his best friend was his wife, Nelle, of 47 years. Raymond cherished their time together always willing to go where she took him.

He is survived by two sons, Raymond Darrel Jr., of West Palm Beach, Florida and William of Beaufort, SC, step sons Karl H. Zerbst Jr. of Mt. Pleasant and Chris A. Zerbst of Hanahan, four granddaughters, two grandsons, two great-granddaughters, two great grandsons, two great-great-granddaughter, one sister and one brother and many nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Shrine Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

The family thanks you in advance.