Dr. Sammy Allen, 82, of Resaca, GA died Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Advent Health Gordon.
Rev. Allen was born, October 4, 1937, as Robert Verland Allen, son of the late Vince W. and Myrtle McKinley Timms Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson; Vince Allen, and by two sisters; Nettie Allen Baker and Johnnie Ruth Allen Dean. After several months of deep Holy Ghost conviction, he was saved by the grace of God in the summer of 1955.
Immediately upon his conversion, he began to witness to others about their need of salvation. This burden became so heavy that he began to speak as a lay preacher in Sunday School classes, cottage prayer meetings, and even in church services every time he was given an opportunity.
Bro. Allen announced his calling to preach in 1961. He soon was called to be the pastor of Maple Grove Baptist Church and New Prospect Baptist Church. These were half time churches. In October 1961, Bro. Allen was used of the Lord to organize the Concord Baptist Mission into Concord Baptist Church, and was the only pastor for 59 years. Immediately after he announced his calling into the ministry, God began to open doors for the young fiery preacher to preach revival meetings. This evangelistic ministry grew so fast that by 1964 the young preacher had to leave his job in the carpet mill and go full-time in evangelism. He continued to preach meetings week after week across the country in both small and large churches.
In the late 1960s, God began to lay a burden on Bro. Allen’s heart for a Camp Meeting in the area where he lived. After much prayer and waiting upon the Lord, Faith Baptist Camp was born with the first Camp Meeting held under a large tent on the grounds in June 1970. Faith Baptist Camp has been very blessed of the Lord and has been used to be a blessing to so many people and churches across America.
As an older man, Dr. Allen is held in high respect by all the Fundamental Baptists all across the country that knows him. He is known as an Evangelist, a Revivalist, a Camp Meeting Preacher, a Pastor, and a Preacher’s Friend by those who know him and love Old Fashion Christianity. He now holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees. Every student of Faith Baptist Institute will be affected by the leadership of this dynamic man of God.
Dr. Allen was married on December 28, 1962, to Jimmie Lou Wilson. She has stood by his side as a faithful, loving, God-fearing wife in every task he has attempted. God has blessed their home with two sons; Samuel (Sabrina) Allen of Resaca, and David (Gwen) Allen of Calhoun; daughter; Hannah Allen of Resaca, grandchildren; Samuel and Alexis Allen of Flowery Branch, Elisabeth Allen of Dalton, Nathanael Allen of Calhoun, Hagen Allen of Resaca and Brianna Allen of Resaca,
Great-grandchildren; Caroline Allen of Dalton and Gibson Allen of Flowery Branch, GA. A host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service for Dr. Sammy Allen will be conducted on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. from Concord Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Bro. Randy Sutherland will officiate along with Bro. Tony Hudson, Bro. Marion Atkinson, Bro. Denver Boling, Bro. Ronnie Simpson, Bro. Marvin Carr, and Bro. Joe Arthur.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Alan Sosebee, Ken Johnson, Steve Johnson, Nick Johnson, Joey Baker, Scotty Bryant, Ricky Bryant, Brandon Reeves, Doug Wilson, and Mike Andrews; honorary pallbearers are Jim Fox, Bobby Thomas, Mike Bell, Mike Lane, Rev. Charles Henderson, Tyrone Wilson, Donnie Rigdon, Rev. Steve Powers, Rev. David Cash, Stan Ritter, Ronnie Russ, William Nix, Rev. Billy Wilson, Rev. Travis Clayton, Robert Croft, Jamie Trammell, Adam Evans, Brandon Ensley, and Silas Foster.
The family will receive friends at Concord Baptist Church on Thursday, August 6, 2020, between the hours of 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Romans 11:33-36 KJB
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