The funeral of Master Sgt. Mark Allen is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Baptist Church in Snellville. Following the service, a procession will take highways 78 and 81 to Corinth Memorial Gardens in Loganville where he will be laid to rest. Allen died Saturday at the age as a result of complications of an injury sustained while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. He was 46. He leaves behind a wife, Shannon Allen of Loganville; son: Cody Allen of Tuscola, IL; daughter: Journey Allen of Loganville; grandson: Kruze Allen of Tuscola, IL; parents: David & Valerie Allen and several other extended family members.
The community is invited to show its gratitude for the sacrifice of Allen and his family Friday by lining the street from the church in Snellville to Corinth Memorial Gardens in Loganville where he will be laid to rest alongside fellow Loganville fallen hero Sgt. Michael Stokely. The final part of his journey will be along the stretch of road named in honor of Stokely.
“Michael Stokely’s father, Robert, reserved the plot next to his son for Mark,” Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez said. “And we as a community need to come out and do everything we can to honor Mark.”
Martinez said there are plans by the military and other organizations to pay tribute to Allen on his final journey home and he is hoping that the local community will come out in force to show their respects too.
“The flags at the County, at the City of Monroe, and of course all over Loganville, will be lowered,” Martinez said. “I am going to speak to the mayor of Snellville too to see what they are doing.”
Highway 78 from the First Baptist Church in Snellville to Corinth Memorial Gardens following the funeral service at 11 is the best time to line the streets, according to Martinez and Shannon Allen. They are not sure how long the service will be, but the procession will follow immediately after it and Highway 78 is probably the best place to stand to view the procession.
Shannon Allen said her husband had been sick over the summer and just couldn’t fight the infection, but he was comfortable and at peace Saturday when he passed away. She said she and his children were able to share some wonderful memories with him over the years, despite the severity of his injuries. His son is now 22 and his daughter 11.
“They gave so much. We need to honor him Friday,” Martinez said. “He deserves all the pomp and circumstance we can give him.”
Editor’s Note: We will update with any additional information on the final details as they become available.