Kenneth Nathan Allen

kenneth allen
Kenneth Nathan Allen, 30, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Kenneth was born in Asheville and was a son of Robert Sean and Annette Brown Allen. He was an honors graduate of North Buncombe High School and a graduate of Mars Hill College where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Fraternity. He had been with First Bank for nine years where he served as Executive Vice-president and Branch Manager. Active in civic affairs, he was involved with the Kiwanis Club, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, the Manna Food Bank, Asheville Rotary Club, the BNI (Business Networking International), October Road and various other community organizations. He was a fundraiser for Loving Food Resources, Eblen Charities and All Souls Counseling Center and served on the Board of Loving Food Resources. In addition to his parents, his family includes his brother, Steven Allen and wife, Samantha; grandparents, Bob and Frankie Allen; partner of 11 years, David Ayers; and many special friends, including Fred and Marcia Ayers, Jared Yates and Michael Manning; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was grandson of the late Mary Etta Hawkins. A celebration of Kenneth's life will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the above listed organizations that he proudly served.

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  1. I cannot even imagine what you must be going through. We are praying for you and the family. Please allow the Lord to wrap his loving arms around you and just be held. He never said it would be easy, but he said He would hold us through the storm. Our heart is with you. We are here for you. David & Sherry Dodd

  2. We are deeply saddened to hear of your untimely loss. Words are hard to come by at a time like this, but we pray that your great memories and fun times with Kenneth will help you through this difficult time. Your family is in our prayers.

  3. To all of Kenneth’s family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Even though I hadn’t known Kenneth but for a short period of time he was such a sweet and kind person. He will be missed dearly and by so many!

  4. We are saddened to hear of Kenneths passing. Our condolence and deepest sympathy to the family. Praying for peace and love for you all. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeremy, Jenifer, and Skyler McMillion

  5. Kenneth was a great friend, in fact I had the honor of sponsoring him in Rotary. He was an amazing ambassador for First Bank and a volunteer for MANNA. His gentle caring ways, quick and deep smile and thoughtful courtesy were a blessing to all who knew him. He accomplished more goodness in his short life than do most who are twice his age. He will be missed by many, but I know we are all better for knowing him. I join you all in mourning our loss.

  6. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. Kenneth will be greatly missed.

  7. We’re both in shock having just learned of Kenneth’s passing.
    Kenneth was a good-friendly gentle person and one very
    amazing young man. He will be missed. In Peace.

  8. Ken recently joined the Board of Directors at Loving Food Resources and was our new Treasurer. Although he was with us for a short time, he was very well-liked and we are all in shock at his passing. We will honor him at Saturday’s fundraiser that he helped plan. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

  9. My heart is so broken. Kenneth was a wonderful, special friend and I cannot imagine a day without his smile. I will miss him terribly.

    Prayers and love to his family, friends and co-workers. He leaves a huge hole in our lives.

  10. We are so sorry to hear about Kenneth’s passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will give some comfort and strength in the time ahead.

  11. Kenneth was an earth angel being present for so many with his gentle, caring and competent ways. Prayers for his family, friends and all those that have been touched by his life.

  12. Kenneth and I were fellow members of the Asheville Kiwanis Club. I was so saddened to learn of his passing. He was a kind person. May God comfort you at this time.

  13. I am heartbroken to learn of Kenneth’s passing. May the Lord comfort you in the days to come. You are all in my prayers.

  14. Kenneth will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family along with prayers for strength and peace during this sad time.

  15. Words can not express how saddened to have heard this, condolences and love goes to the family! Praying for comfort and peace during this time.

  16. I was terribly sorry to hear of Kenneth’s passing. My job with Loomis brought me to First Bank several years ago and that’s where I came to know him. He was always so nice and always had a big smile on his face. My prayers and thoughts are with all those that Kenneth left behind. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

  17. You all have my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of working with Kenneth for several years at the bank and I have so many memories of laughter and friendship to reflect upon. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  18. I just learned of Kenneth’s passing, and am shocked and saddened. He helped me on numerous, financial, business matters over the last few years, and I felt like we were just recently beginning to know each other a lot better. Such a loss for so many reasons. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and his co-workers at the bank.

  19. A heavy heart I carry…. David, my heart breaks for you and Kenneth’s family. Lean on each other and your relationships… Godspeed!!!!

  20. Our whole family is absolutely heartbroken to hear of Kenneth leaving this earth far too soon…we will miss his kind and friendly demeanor when we come through the bank and send prayers for healing for his family and friends.

    Love from the Zarnowskis,
    Steve, Stephen, Jenny, Olivia and Flat Creek Land & Bldg Co

  21. After working with Kenneth years ago we quickly became friends. He was a good man that cared for all. It’s shocking and saddening to learn of his passing but I know God will accept and embrace him as he joins him in his kingdom. My prayers are with his family and all that care for him.

  22. Kenneth was a dear friend to me for all the years he worked at the bank. He was a formidable young man with a powerful spirit of kindness, caring and intelligence. I knew only a little of all his charitable involvements, but none of it comes as a surprise to me. We had many conversations about diverse subjects over the years, and I will miss him tremendously. He was an extraordinary person who freely shared himself with quiet grace. ..a great example for all of us. I wish he could have been among us for many, many more years. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  23. Sean and Annette, I was in total shock and disbelief when I heard the news. My heart is broken for you two and those he touched on a daily basis. I am sorry I didn’t get to know Kenneth as an adult, but he sounds like a fine young man, and know that you did a great job raising him. My prayers and thoughts are with you all and may God be by your side while you endure this heartache. Love to all!

  24. Annette & Sean, I am so sorry for your loss. Words can’t even express or help during this time. Please know that your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time and in the future. No one knows the burdens of others. All we can do is pray and be there for each other in their time of need.

  25. Total shock! What a wonderful person. He always extended himself to me when I was in the bank. Always smiled. Very approachable.
    My strength and prayers go out to the family.
    With deepest Sympathy.

  26. There are no words to express what a great loss this is. I met Kenneth while I was a member of BNI and it was an instant, magical connection. We enjoyed our Starbucks coffee on many an occasion where we talked about life, love and loss. Such a wonderful and kindred spirit…

  27. Annette,
    We are so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and his partner at this difficult time.

  28. So sorry for your loss. Jim and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  29. Robert, Annette, and family… I am so sorry to read about your loss of Kenneth. Fortunately, death is only a temporary part of life. Jesus promised us a wonderful resurrection of the dead (John 5:28,29/1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14), so we have the hope of being reunited with our deceased loved ones. In the meantime, even though the pain of loss through death may seem sometimes insurmountable, rest assured that God will give you the strength necessary to endure the coming months (Psalm 46:1). Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences.

  30. May fond memories of Kenneth bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before hepassed away. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Nick, Steve and the Abbington Green Staff.

  31. We experienced Kenneth’s professional talents as customers at First Bank. And we were aware of his contributions to our community through his service on many boards and community activities. He will be missed and not forgotten.

  32. We are so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort as you face the coming days.

  33. We are so saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with David, all of the family, and loved ones at this difficult time.

  34. I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was one of the first folks I met when I moved to Asheville. He has been so helpful to me personally and professionally. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family, friends, and co-workers.

  35. We were very, very saddened to hear about Ken. He had become a trusted friend as well as our banker. He was a delight to talk with and always took a sincere interest in you. We greatly admired his sense of ‘giving back’ to the community and willingness to be involved in good causes. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with David and Ken’s family.

  36. Annette and family. We were so saddened to just hear of the passing of your son. May memories of happy times and the grace of the Saviour sustain you in the difficult times. LaMarr & Shirl Hyatt

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