|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1935|
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 2012|
April 25, 1935 - April 5, 2012
Arthur Wayne Allison, 76, Bidwell, Ohio, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012. He was born to the late Ray and Eva Allison, brother to the late Harold and David Allison, and husband to the late Mary Allison Caperton.
Arthur was confined to a wheelchair since 1969; yet his strength, courage, and strong faith in God helped him accomplish a feat that proved an inspiration to many. On October 30, 2000, he began 'rolling' the halls of his nursing home after residents had gone to bed. Friends and family tracked his mileage as he 'virtually' traveled across the USA, which he documented daily, on his website, with one working finger and one good eye.
Eighteen months later, he completed his 'journey' in a big way! Arthur was flown to New Jersey to 'actually' roll his last mile across the Boardwalk in Liberty State Park, escorted by cruisers and police officers, with the N.Y. skyline in the background. On September 26, 2003 another celebration took place in Gallipolis City Park to honor 'Arthur Allison Day,' proclaimed by the Board of Gallia County Commissioners. Arthur continued his nightly 'Buckeye Express' wheelchair travels, attempting to roll around the world. In 2011, he made it all the way to Australia before stopping due to illness.
Surviving are his two sons, Henry Wayne of Texas and Arthur Ray of North Carolina. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many longtime friends and family.
A private burial of his ashes is being planned at a family cemetery in Vinton. Although Arthur's rolling around the world was cut short, his journey continues. He traded his broken body and wheelchair for angel wings, allowing him to soar places far more beautiful.
The McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, is honored be handling the arrangements for the Allison Family.
Henry Ray Allison (1901 - 1987)
Eva Belle Allison (1904 - 1981)
David R Allison (1933 - 2005)*
Arthur Wayne Allison (1935 - 2012)
George Harold Allison (1937 - 1979)*
Vinton Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Charles Bane
Record added: Apr 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88618101