of Jonesboro, AR
October 11, 1929 - April 10, 2021
George William Allison, age 91, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021.He was born in Egypt, Arkansas, on October 11, 1929, to Cleo and Gussie (Allison) Allison. They and his sister, Connie Brown, preceded him in death. He married Frances (Van Hooser) on December 6, 1949. They were married 71 years. In addition to her, he is survived by their four children: Steve Allison (Dorothy), Collierville, Tennessee; Ron Allison, Dallas, Texas; Paula Shaver, San Antonio, Texas; and Tim Allison (Linda), Jonesboro, Arkansas; nine grandchildren: Rob, Sam, Rich, Marcus, Josh, Nick, Rachel, Derek, and Seth; and eight great grandchildren.He was a Church of Christ minister known throughout northeast Arkansas. His many friends know him by the names "George", "G.W.", and "Chick". He was raised in Pocahontas where at age nine, he nearly drowned in Mansker Creek. Later, he returned to be baptized at Mansker Creek and also performed his first baptism at the site. He declined a football scholarship at Arkansas State University to study the ministry at Harding University. Between terms, while working in Michigan, he met his wife, Frances Van Hooser. The couple served several congregations in Oklahoma and Michigan from 1951-1958, before returning permanently to Arkansas where they worked with churches in Pocahontas, Rector, Searcy, Corning, Nettleton, Lepanto, and lastly Egypt for over 50 years.He was the original host and frequent speaker for "Speaking the Truth in Love" on KAIT-TV. He held over 350 gospel meetings across the eastern U.S. and officiated well over 1,000 funerals in Northeast Arkansas. George baptized a similar number in baptistries, creeks, and rivers. George truly believed each human being is a precious child of God and is special. This belief informed many of his experiences, which involved thousands of hospital visits, integrating his church in the 1960's, and mission trips to the Ukraine.George was noted for his passion and accomplishments in athletics. He was voted Most Valuable Player on his high school football team, achieved All-State in basketball, and started for the Jonesboro American Legion baseball team that included eventual major league star, Wally Moon. He was a beloved Little League baseball coach, always bringing out the best in the young athletes with his enthusiasm and positive style. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.George was a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a true friend to countless people. His funeral will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Valley View Church of Christ. Visiting hours will be from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, with a service beginning at 3:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate may make memorials to Truth for Today World Mission School, P.O. Box 2044 Searcy, Arkansas, 72145-2044; biblecourses.com/support; or their own charitable organization.
G.W. was and still an amazing man who truly love God. Being able to know him and his wife Fran has been a true honor. I loved listening to him teach the other residents bible study and you could always see his compassion in his eyes while teaching them. I loved listening to their stories of WW2 and their different stories of what they experienced.
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of GW. We have such wonderful memories of him and Fran from our time spent at Nettleton church of Christ. We look forward to seeing him again one day. What a great Godly man. Love to Fran.
An amazing Christian man! He can truly say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.
Your all in our thoughts and prayers and our hearts go out to all of you. He was a good man.
I had the pleasure of taking care of G.W. and Fran over the past few years here at the Villa. He was my ice cream buddy and we had many rousing bible conversations over the years. It was truly a joy to have him here and he will be greatly missed. He told me last week that he had a good life and was ready to see his Lord. I am sad but have no doubt where he is today. Blessings to his family. You all were his lifeline!
Mrs. Allison and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. G.W. Has led so many to Christ and even though I haven’t seen him in years he has always left lasting memories. What an amazing man
Our deepest sympathy to Fran and family. Our hearts are sad for you, but the angels are rejoicing. He knew God's word backwards and forward. You could ask him any BIble question and be sure you would get a straight answer. Sent with love. God bless all of you.
Robin and I are saddened to hear about Chick. We grew to love Fran and Chick while at Nettleton in the 80’s. While he will be greatly missed, we know he is where he always wanted to be - with his Lord! We will plan to see him again someday! What a great influence he has had!
I loved this wonderful man. He was a great gospel preacher and a wonderful example of Christian living.
If you knew him you were blessed. I am so thankful for his life and his legacy. He is now where he longed to be. Our separation is only temporary. Prayers for everyone that loved him most.
My sympathies to the family. Mr GW was an important part of my young life. He was my baseball coach for 5 years and I spent countless hours with his family. He baptized me. I loved him like family. A great man
Our deepest sympathy to the family of this wonderful servant of God. He and my dad, Bob Harris, were the best of friends for many years. I always loved hearing him preach.
My Brother...My Mentor...My Encourager...My Friend
Brother Allison changed my life, and gave me guidance in my early years and later on. I am a better person by having known him.
We are so sorry for your loss! I am so grateful to G.W. he married my husband and I 31 years ago in my church, even though he wasn't a preacher there, I will always remember how he made us his priority! I will always love him for that. Crystal & Bryan Nichols
To the family of Mr. G.W. Allison, may God give all comfort in your temporary seperation from one another. May peaceful rest come to him till our meeting wih our Lord. Mr. Allison baptised my parents, older brother and me 55 years ago at the Pocahontas, Arkansas, Church of Christ, during a gospel meeting he held. Thanks to his service as a messenger and worker of our Lord. God speed!
Great man who baptized me. He taught me what a Christian is by example. Rest In Peace
He was a great preacher.
Our condolences to Fran & All their Kids & Family❣️ What a great, long productive life Chick led! Praise God! We will miss him! He was a contemporary of my folks, Eddie & Jeanette Baggett & my Preacher, too, at West Side in Searcy when I was growing up! Much Love to you all! We’ll be praying for you as you grieve your Patriarch❣️❤️⭕️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
I'm truly sorry to read of the passing of Brother G.W. . I loved Him and Fran so much. I enjoyed the Years that He preached at Egypt Church of Christ. I know He is enjoying his new Home in Paradise and being with all the Saints that went on before Him. He will be truly miss by many and especially by His wonderful Family I know. My Prayers are with You All . With love to all of You. Shelia.
G.W was a fine preacher and a fine man. He will be greatly missed.
What an example of a faithful servant of God! Wonderful man, powerful speaker, we send our condolences to Fran and the entire family, we have wonderful memories of GW! We are praying for you all.
May the Lord bless and comfort your family.
Brother Allison,was a man of God. He gave me some his wisdom in preaching The gospel!
May God comfort the family during this time!
Our deepest sympathy to Fran and all the family. He was a great influence on so many.
What a wonderful man and servant for Jesus! May God's wonderful comfort and peace surround you all now and the days ahead.
How thankful and blessed I am to have known bro. Allison.