Life Story / Obituary
Lonnis Aaron Allen Sr., affectionately known as “The Professor” to his family, transitioned on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Bonterra Transitional and Rehabilitation after a short illness. He was born on May 31, 1949, in Racine, Wisconsin unto the late Pastor Nesbie J. Allen and Vicie (nee: Barker) Allen. He was raised in a holiness home taught to reverence and acknowledge
God in all situations, Lonnis was a member of The Twelfth Street Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.), later named Grace Temple C.O.G.I.C. He was a 1968 graduate of Washington Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin and attended two years at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He was formerly married to Schauneille Smyth and to this union one son was born, Lonnis Aaron Allen II. He relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and joined Morris Temple C.O.G.I.C. He was employed by Clement Sablocki Veterans Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Ladish Company in Cudahy, Wisconsin as an accountant. He was later employed as a taxi driver. In 1992 he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to be near his son. While in Atlanta he was employed at the State Farm Arena.
Lonnis enjoyed conversing on all subjects as well as watching and listening to religious shows, news and sports events. He could be very stubborn as well as thoughtful. When planning family gatherings, the question would be asked is “The Professor” coming, as he was known to walk, talk and devour large amounts of food.
To cherish his memories he leaves his son, Lonnis A. Allen II, siblings, Lemont Allen of Racine, Wisconsin, Sharyan Allen-Johnson of Memphis Tennessee, Vernest (Alinda) Allen of Washington, D.C., Gladys Oliver of Racine, Wisconsin, and Dr. Oren (Dr. Marsha) Allen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also leaves nieces, nephews cousins including Pastor Eva R. Owens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers Marshall, Algers and Reishton Allen, nephew, Jimi Allen, niece Jahamarah Allen, and two brothers-in-law Craig Oliver Sr. and Luzell Johnson.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at the funeral home, Friday, November 18, 2022, 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for Visitation, Friday, 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.