Joseph Allison, 71, a lifelong resident of Etowah, died Thursday, September 3, 2009 at the Elizabeth House.
He was born in Henderson County in 1937, the son of the late Rankin R. and Nell Holden Allison. He served two years in the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Joe spent his entire working career of forty years at Ecusta Corporation, retiring in 1999 as mill shift manager. He was a member of Etowah Valley CC and served as President of the EVCC Menís Association. He was a past Club Champion and two-time State Champion of the NC Industrial Golf League. Joe and Marie shared a passion for golf and he accompanied her many times to the National Ladies Club Championship, where he was twice the Champion of the Widowerís Tournament. He was considered the ìMaster of the sand trapî and was gracious with sharing his secret with others. He was an avid fan and supporter of West Henderson HS baseball.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Walker Allison; his brothers, Harold (Joan) Allison of Hendersonville, Connie (Maudine) Allison of Etowah; his beloved nieces and nephews, Carla, Nancy, Martin, Norman, Barron, Don, David, Greg, Chris, Lynn, Steve, Billy, Mark and Mandy; and several great nieces and nephews. Joe will be missed by his family and friends and especially by his smallest companion ìSnoopyî.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 Monday, September 7, 2009, in the chapel at Forest Lawn Mortuary. The Rev. Bill Walker will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m., prior to the service, in the chapel.
Memorials can be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.