May 3, 1955 – September 27, 2021
WENDELL – Eric “Ricky” Eugene Allen, 66, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, September 27th, 2021. Eric is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Miranda “Randi” Allen, and his furry little girls, Roxanne & Zuri of the home, a large and loving family, and many, many friends.
Eric enlisted in the Army at 17 to be an OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter Aircraft Mechanic Repairman. He served with pride and distinction in Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary, of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He was honorably discharged after completing his enlistment contract.
After serving in the Army, Eric worked for Norfolk Southern Railway, where he went on to retired after 25 years.
He had a love for classic rock, fishing, especially surf fishing, and participating in the World Championship Red Drum Tournaments at the Outer Banks. He was a proud member of the TRY-IN-TOO fishing team and a proud and true Blue Duke’s fan.
Miranda “Randi” would like to thank everyone for their support and love. She would like to extend a special thank you to Janet, Jennie, Ann, David, Alice, Charles, Valerie, Darcy, and the staff of Transitions Lifecare Hospice.
Eric, Roxanne, Zuri, and I will never forget ALL your support and loving guidance through this difficult journey.
Eric’s wish to everyone: Enjoy your life to the fullest and thank you for being his friends and a huge part of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Transitions Lifecare Hospice https://www.transitionslifecare.org/donate, The Salvation Army of Wake County https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/wakecounty/get-involved/donate/give-funds, or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, October 16th, 2021, at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 – 2 PM, prior to the service. Online condolences may be made through www.stricklandfuneral.com.
A celebration of taking him home to the ocean will be held at a later date.