|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1887|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1938|
Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Nov. 20, 1938, Sunday, pp. 1 & 13:
Crash Injury Blamed For Suicidal Act – Coroner and Doctor Say Brain Injury Received Last Wednesday Caused Official to Take Life – FIRES BULLET AS NURSE STEPS OUT – Utilities Commissioner Would Have Taken Office Tuesday for Second Term at City Hall
R. N. "Bob" Allen, 51, commissioner of public utilities and a member of the Shreveport city council, died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday at his home, 621 Wilkinson Street, of a self-inflicted pistol wound.
Dr. Willis P. Butler, Caddo Parish coroner, said that Mr. Allen's act "was caused by nervousness and mental confusion resulting from a concussion of the brain following a recent automobile accident." Dr. D. R. McIntyre, Mr. Allen's physician, agreed with Doctor Butler in his statement as to the cause of Mr. Allen's act.
Mr. Allen suffered a concussion of the brain, at first believed to be slight, together with lacerations and bruises, when his auto overturned on the Pierre Mont Road shortly before 1 p.m. last Wednesday.
He was transferred to his home after treatment and had been attended constantly by a trained nurse.
A few seconds before 9:35 p.m. Saturday Mr. Allen asked the nurse for a glass of water. She stepped from the room, and in her momentary absence Mr. Allen drew a .38 caliber pistol from a dresser drawer just four feet from his bed.
As the nurse returned Mr. Allen fired the pistol into the approximate center of his forehead, Doctor Butler said. The bullet emerged about four inches behind his left ear and lodged in a wall, Doctor Butler said. Death was instantaneous.
Doctor McIntyre and relatives agreed that the brain injury which Mr. Allen suffered in the accident, and which grew steadily worse after his first treatment, accounted for his act.
When last Wednesday's accident occurred, Mr. Allen had lunched at the home of his son, Tom Allen, 1043 Anniston Place, and was en route to the construction warehouse of the water department in South Highlands, when a horse stepped in front of his car.
Mr. Allen swerved to avoid the horse and his car plunged into a ditch. The car overturned twice and came to rest on its right side and against a tree. Mr. Allen said after the accident that something happened to the steering apparatus and prevented his righting the car.
Mr. Allen would have taken office Tuesday for his second term as commissioner of public utilities, having been nominated in the Democratic primary and re-elected without opposition. He was elected to his first four-year term in 1934.
Born in Texas
He was born in Weatherford, Texas, Oct. 18, 1887, and later his family moved to Sherman, Texas. He came to Shreveport in 1918 with the Armstrong Packing Company, and later was connected with the J. C. Baker Company. From 1924 to 1934 he was connected with the George Sproull Company, and at the time of his death was an official of the Sproull Company.
Mr. Allen was a Mason and Shriner; a member of the Elks Lodge; a past president of the Shreveport Lions Club; past district governor of Lions International for the state of Louisiana; a past president of the T.P.A., and was on the board of directors of the Shreveport Y.M.C.A.
He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church and one of its most prominent members and leading workers.
Mr. Allen is survived by his widow, Daisy Bell Allen; a son, Tom B. Allen, both of Shreveport; his mother, Laura Letitia Allen of Corpus Christi; a sister, Mrs. S. F. Franklin of Corpus Christi, and a brother Paul H. Allen of Shreveport.
The body was taken to the Osborn Funeral Home. The hour and place of burial had not been arranged late last night.
Daisy Bell Allen (1889 - 1981)
Tom Barney Allen (1907 - 1987)*
Plot: Masonic Rest, Lot 254
Created by: Shawn Bohannon
Record added: Nov 14, 2012
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