Douglas M. Allen

(HOOVER) Heaven celebrated the homecoming of Douglas M. Allen on March 18, 2021, as he peacefully left this earth loved on by his wife, Anita Carnathan Allen, and two daughters, Leslie Anne Allen and Leigh Allen Howland, at his side.

There will be a visitation Tuesday, April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at John Ridout's Elmwood Chapel (800 Dennison Ave. SW, Birmingham), followed by a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery officiated by Doug's nephew, Dr. Todd Harrington, lead pastor of Haven Field Community Church. Doug will be buried with his beloved in-laws, James Harlan and Esta Lee Barnett Carnathan, whom he loved like his own parents (and who loved him like a son).

Doug was born Nov. 26, 1942, at his family's home in Taylor's Crossroads. He was one of 10 children born to Arthur Douglas and Lois Taylor Allen. Raised in nearby Roanoke, he graduated from Handley High School in 1961, where he played on the basketball team and was the quarterback of the football team. He graduated with his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Alabama in 1965, and the same year, he married his college sweetheart, Anita. At the University of Alabama, Doug was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He then earned his doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1968 and, thereafter, enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a captain. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C., until he was honorably discharged in 1971.

Returning to Birmingham, Doug and Anita raised their daughters in Hoover. Doug had a successful dental practice in Alabaster for almost 25 years and was an active member of the Alabama Dental Association. After leaving his dental practice, he worked as an instructor at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, becoming the director of the dental hygiene and dental assistant programs until retiring (again) in 2009. For as much as he loved his patients in his dental practice, his time at Wallace State was the highlight of his career. He adored his students, and that feeling was mutual. He won numerous teaching awards, many chosen by his students.

Doug was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church for many years and more recently attended Riverchase Methodist Church. More important to him than sitting in a church pew on Sunday mornings, Doug believed in living every day as an example of the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. He did not try to impose his personal religious beliefs on others. Instead, he lived his life, treating everyone as having worth and treating people the way he wanted to be treated. He cared for all of God's creatures, whether it was plants, animals or people. Most especially, he cared deeply for the "least of these," who needed care most.

Doug is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Anita Carnathan Allen of Hoover; daughters, Leslie Allen (spouse Elizabeth Richardson) of Homewood and Leigh Allen Howland of Helena; grandchildren, Morgan Taylor Howland, Sutton Douglas Howland and Carnathan "Nate" Michael Allen-Richardson; sisters, Margie Allen Halsey (husband Robert, deceased) of LaFayette, Edith Allen Harrington (husband Gary) of Hoover, Jennifer Allen of Midland, Ga., and Patsy Allen Irvin (husband Ronnie) of Roanoke; and 27 nieces and nephews (and many other relatives as well). He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Douglas and Lois Taylor Allen; brother, Max Allen (wife Linda) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and sisters, Lucy Allen Davenport (husband Ralph, deceased) of Mobile, Braxie Allen Jacobs of Roanoke and Laura Allen Yarbrough (husband Jimmy) and Peggy Allen Hudson (husband Dwayne, deceased), both of LaGrange, Ga.

Doug loved his family with unconditional, boundless love. He was strong but gentle, quiet, thoughtful, compassionate, kind, hilariously funny, generous beyond his means and, especially as he got older, quite stubborn. He was beloved as PawPaw, and his three grandchildren were truly the lights of his life. He was everything to his family, and he will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to Haven Field Community Church at or to the charity of your choice in Doug's memory.

Johns Ridout's Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham.