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Shirley Allen, 87, passed away March 4, 2020 in Chattanooga. She was born April 30, 1932 in Chattanooga, TN to Willie and Ruth Lawson. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Stephen Temple Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America. Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clifford Allen; parents, Willie and Ruth Lawson; brothers, Robert and Roy Lawson; sisters, Louise Ricks, Christine Benning and Betty Ruth Brown. Loved ones left to cherish her memory are her caretakers/nephew, George (Maria) Ricks; brother-in-law, Percy Ricks, Sr.; nephews, Al-Kareem (Florence) Abdullah of PA, Anthony Ricks and Ronald Benning, both of Chattanooga, David Ricks, Japan, Michael Benning, FL; nieces, Regina (Michael) Edward, Gail Ricks Todd, Tonya Benning, Angela Benning, all of Chattanooga; cousin, Julius (Reikl Watanade) Simmons, Cleveland, OH; phone friend, Lenora Boyd, Cleveland, OH. Public viewing will begin at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the funeral home followed by a 1:00 pm graveside service with Rev. Earnest Jefferson officiating. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.  Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.

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  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
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