The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 31, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Ashby Clemenceau ‘Brown Fox’ Allen

Ashby Clemenceau “Brown Fox” Allen, of Beckley, a retired educator and musician for more than six decades, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

He was born in Amigo and later on his family moved to Allen Junction. At Conley High School in Mullens, he was valedictorian of his graduating class.

He attended West Virginia State College, was active in the college choir and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a minor in Social Studies, and a teaching certificate in Physical Education.

He later earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Marshall University and a Master’s of Music Degree in Voice and Clarinet from Columbia University in N.Y. He also attended West Virginia University, Bluefield State College and studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Allen began teaching at the age of sixteen. He served as band director at Conley and Glen Rogers High Schools and briefly at McDonough High School in McDonough, Ga. He was the assistant basketball coach and band director at Henry County Training School in Burlington, N.C. He retired in 1985, but came out of retirement to serve as an adjunct professor at Mountain State and Concord Universities.

As a United States Army veteran, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He was in the 56th Army Band and a vocalist with the 56th Army Band Combo.

Mr. Allen was Principal Chief Emeritus of the Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia. For more than 50 years he was an organist at St. John’s Evangelist Church in Mullens and is a past president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men. He was a member of the Beckley Area Community Chorus and sang in the Chancel Choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Beckley. He was in constant demand as a soloist for many social and community events.

Among Mr. Allen’s community and volunteer activities included: the Beckley Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Alpha Boule Fraternity, NAACP, Integrated Resources, Inc., Conley Scott Reunion; Beckley Area Concert Series Association, WV Public Radio and TV and served on the Board of Directors of the House of Wonder at Maben.

He is survived by a son, Stanley Allen and his partner Thomas E. Smith, Jr., of Albuquerque, N.M.; a godson, Dr. Jesse Morris, his wife Sharon and their three children of Standish, Maine; his special friends, Ms. Diane Brooks-Smith of Allen Junction, Ms. Rue Hairston of Glen White; and many other friends and relatives.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 South Kanawha Street, Beckley. Public viewing will be held at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any donations or memorials be made privately and directly to the charity of their choice.

Arrangements are by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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