Cheryl Allen
Dr. Cheryl Lynn Allen
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 23, 1959
  • Date of passing: Jan 29, 2018
Cheryl loved the person she became ... because she fought to become her.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Cheryl Allen, 58, born on April 23, 1959 and passed away on January 29, 2018. We will remember her forever. 

Funeral Arrangements:
The body will lie in state from 12 noon - 8:30 pm Monday, February 5, 2018 at the funeral home. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Omega Omega Ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm in the funeral home chapel Monday, February 5th.  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, February 6th at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404. The body will lie in state at the church  Tuesday beginning at 10:00 am, and the family will receive friends at 11:00 am. Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Adrian Harrison on 14th February 2018

"I am because she was...

Dr. Allen treated her students like her sons while at Morehouse College! She was an excellent professor, she encouraged me to go on the China spring tour, even to move to New York and work on Wall Street. She is the reason I am in Accounting and Finance... a true POWER HOUSE! May God bless and keep her family and friends...


Adrian Harrison class 2001"

This tribute was added by Dana McLaurinda on 13th February 2018

"I remember our trip to China. Our shopping laughing and just enjoying one another. Birthdays at my home with my brother Ben McLaurin. Birthday Cakes. Joking and just enjoying each other's company. I will miss you."

This tribute was added by Dana McLaurinda on 13th February 2018

"We went to China together. We had such a great time shopping  laughing and eating and just enjoying one another.
She was always so loving. My brother Ben McLaurin always made her Birthday cake with a Birthday party at our home. We looked forward to seeing her.
Dana McLaurin"

This tribute was added by Julia Takahashi on 8th February 2018

"I didn’t know Cheryl or your family but wanted to share some words of encouragement.  It’s never easy to lose our loved ones.  We can and comfort in knowing that it wasn’t God’s original purpose for us to die.  In the near future we look forward to the words of Revelation 21:3,4 being fulfilled.  God promises to eliminate death, tears, and pain.  Until that time — deep sympathy— Julia"

This tribute was added by Jackson Weldon on 8th February 2018

"So saddened to hear of Cheryl's transition.  A beautiful soul and an outstanding colleague.  Will always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey McLeod on 7th February 2018

"Dr. Allen was such a significant part of my experience at Morehouse and provided constant encouragement and belief in my potential. Dr. Allen had a unique ability to combine a technical knowledge of accounting with practical application and timeless wisdom. I was saddened to hear this news, but am grateful to be among those that God blessed to know Dr. Allen. To the family - you are sincerely in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Claudia Smalls on 6th February 2018

"To the family:
Words truly seem to escape me as I think of what to write to honor a great woman.  Dr. Allen has fought a good fight but felt compelled to impart knowledge and wisdom into the minds of Morehouse students even to the very end.  What a great servant, knowing her purpose and working hard to fulfill that to the best of her ability.
I would like for you to know that you all are in my prayers as you celebrate the life of your dear sister, aunt, cousin and friend and yet mourn her passing.  I would like to encourage you with these few words from the Apostle Paul found in II Corinthians 5:1 -  ‘For we know if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.’
Rest my sister until we meet again!
Claudia Smalls, Pastor
Tabernacle of Praise Baptist Church
Former Administrative Assistant to the Department of Business Administration
Morehouse College"

This tribute was added by Atu Koffie-Lart on 5th February 2018

"Dear Dr. Allen,
Your unwavering support for your students was only matched by your grace and elegance. Thank you for the guidance and commitment to achievement through the years. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Teresa Kelly on 5th February 2018

"Embracing some of the warmest memories of time spent with you and your family.Truly blessed to have encountered you along this path we call life here on earth. May you continue to soar above and beyond.Extending blessings of love and comfort to the Allen Family.

Kirk and Teresa Kelly"

This tribute was added by Elsie Cardell on 3rd February 2018


I pray God ushers you into your Heavenly Home and Welcomes you  with Well Done God & Faithul Servant!!!

May you Rest In Peace and Join your rightful place among the Angels.  

You will be Missed Immensely by Many.  

I pray God will keep his loving arms of strength & protection around the Allen family during this most difficult time.  Give them peace which each memory of love,"

This tribute was added by Chuck Cornelison on 3rd February 2018

"Dearest Allen Family, please accept my deepest condolences at the passing of Cheryl. The news of her passing hit me like a deep punch in the took my breath away.  

I met Cheryl at what was then Clark College. We were Freshman classmates both majoring in Accounting.  She was so smart and so much fun to be around.  She was also very determined to be the best she could be and to be a difference maker and positive influence in our community. I am not surprised that she became an effective role model and mentor to both women and men, that she excelled and reached the peak of academic achievement, and contributed her time and extraordinary talents to the betterment of our society through the wonderful sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  

I will always remember my friend...the beautiful and amazing Cheryl Allen.  I pray that Almighty God will Bless and Comfort the Allen family with His Peace and Love in Jesus name."

This tribute was added by Dona Rodriguez-Steele on 3rd February 2018

"I met Dr Cheryl Allen through my sister Dr Jennifer Joe and she was such a pleasant and down to earth person, a pleasure to be with our family, whether it was having a meal together or a night at the movies. I was so shocked when I got the news of her passing but came to terms with the thought that heaven has received another beautiful angel. RIP will always be remembered by our family."

This tribute was added by Ardis Blanchard on 2nd February 2018

"My dearest soror, colleague and friend.   You were always the sweetest person, never putting on airs no matter how high you climbed in your career.  You were always grounded, caring and the first one to reach out and help others; especially your Grand D.A.M.E sisters at Morehouse.   I cannot put into words how much your presence will be missed on our campus, in your division or in our hearts; especially mine.  I only hope   that I will have the lasting impact you had on your students, coworkers, sorors, family and friends when God calls me home.  I will never forget you Cheryl and I will see you again in heaven!  Until then, rest well my beautiful sister!   Love, Ardis"

This tribute was added by Vickie Turner on 2nd February 2018

"Hey C…this is V.  (this was our greeting joke to address each other).  When I got the news I dropped to the floor and just lost it.  My mind immediately start churning…”oh no, not C”  This was my buddy, my road dog, my friend.  It was like flashback when I started remembering all the fun times like they were yesterday.  How I wish it was still so.  As I tried to regain my composure your voice came to me saying “Now Vickie Turner…”  It was strong, caring and in the tone of the giving friend you have always been.  You wouldn’t want me to cry, but to be strong and know that everything is alright, you are alright, and you are okay.  You are that kind of friend – always considering others and never wanting anyone to worry about you.  

We hadn’t seen each other in a while, but I can always remember and will never forget “back in the day”  We met at Ernst & Whinney (now E&Y) and you immediately brought me into the fold.  You were the glue for our crew.  You had me playing on a company softball team and LAWD knows I am no athlete.  Regardless of my lack of athletic ability, you were always encouraging and kept me and the team pumped up.   You had us going on road trips and supporting the guy’s team at tournaments.  You were the number one cheerleader and we just tried to follow your lead and chimed right in with you.  We had great fun.

Softball was just one of the many memories we frys, SuperBowl Parties, Basketball Final watch, BBQs, impromptu dinners, birthday celebrations, etc.   We spent so much time together we were always between each other’s home.  You were a part of my family and I was a part of yours.  You get the award for “World’s Best Auntie” Those babies were your heart and at the time I had a baby niece as well and you loved on her just as much.  You gave her the tag name “Chatty”and even later in our life as she is now 32, each time we talked you always asked about “Chatty”  Our family also remembers how you used to make us that homemade bread during the holidays and we talk of it often.  We had some good times C.

We were Sorors as well.  Even though I didn’t go to Clark, you included me in everything at Clark.  You introduced me to so many people that till this day I have them as great friends because of you.  Having not gone to an HBCU I looked forward to Clark’s Homecoming every year.  It was new to me to go to the yard and step and sing with the Sorors.  We toured your college dorm and just walked through the campus.  I was with you at so many Clark functions that people begin to think I too went to Clark.  We went to the games, tailgates, pre-party, after-party, breakfast, and even weddings of people that went to Clark and so on.  It didn’t stop and I thank you for that experience.

I could go on and on reminiscing about our good times.  To get through each day, that is exactly what I will continue to do.  I will miss you, and my strength will come from knowing you are at peace, you are okay, and GOD blessed me to have you in my life.  You have been the best friend anyone could ever ask for.  You were not only a very smart and wise women, you demonstrated characteristics that are an example for others to follow – classy, humble, generous, caring, dedicated…and the list goes on.    Farewell my friend, my buddy, my C.  Love you and miss you much.


This tribute was added by Charles Gore III on 1st February 2018

"Dear Aunt Cheryl,

Only you and the good lord know how deep our bond was and is and forever will be. I won’t miss all of our talks about the future, my goals, aspirations, and family because I’ll still be having them with you regularly. I’ll just be listening to you and talking with you a little differently. Everything that we’ve discussed over the years is imprinted in the man that I’ve be become today. I think I can speak for our family and close friends when I say that your legacy of hard work, courage, honor, faith, generosity, kindness, scholarship, and overall approach to life will forever be engraved in our lives. I consider myself especially lucky because I had the honor and privilege to not only be your nephew but also your student. You taught me so much about life and faith over the years through your actions. I’m so grateful!

I am going to miss my “Doc”! I have nothing but fond memories of us that I will hold onto forever until it is time for me to see you again. Rest peacefully in the house of our lord Auntie. You will be missed.

With deep admiration, love, and respect,

Trey Gore

I made a promise to you last year. Know that I intend to keep it!"

This tribute was added by Eric Brooks on 1st February 2018

"We are deeply sadden but reflective of “Cheryl”.  You would have had to know Cheryl to grasp her and the workings that she lived by and championed.  Cheryl was a soldier, but a quiet soldier.  Involved and active in many actions that were progressive and uplifting to students and the community. The many organizations and associations will experience a void because of the absence of this fallen soldier. But rest in assurance and know that her works and her dedication was needed and most appreciated. Cheryl deeds were acceptable and pleasing. Cheryl can bow her head when these words are repeated to her ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’  Rest in peace my friend…rest in peace.

Eric Brooks"

This tribute was added by Mark McCollum on 1st February 2018

"I went back to complete my college education after 20 years and It was the hardest decision I have ever made but in Dr,Allen's class she gave me a renewed spirit and challenged me to be my best and not to let my age or the lack of being in classroom for many years keep me from the prize of walking in May. She was not only a great teacher to me but a great friend. I hope you spread as much light in your next life as you did in mine."

This tribute was added by Karen Jones on 1st February 2018

"Dr. Allen,

Your professional demeanor and wisdom will be missed at Morehouse.

Karen Jones"

This tribute was added by John Williams on 31st January 2018

"Cheryl ("SD"), Your .."moving finger having writ, moves on, nor all thy piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it..," as includes your character, courage and great convlction. I will miss my Spring Tour Buddy immensely! Save me a seat for the tour over Yonder. JW"

This tribute was added by Brigni Allen on 31st January 2018

"Auntie Cheryl,
  How I miss you as I write these words. I am scared to use incorrect grammar for you always seem to catch me. My beautiful auntie, my rock, my shoulder to cry on, my listening ear, my complete and utter everything. The positive motivation that you always had for me and which I took and seem to gain a better perspective on what I needed to do make my mark in the world. I called you for every problem I was having and often showed up to your office to see you needing more help with some problem. I cannot imagine being without you and didn't know I would loose you so soon. I would sit up after going out Uber driving which you didn't, and talk with you sometimes you would be in and out but you would always say I heard you. I saw you looking frail and fragile but you continued to push and push until the push became slower and slower. My thoughts are racing through my head, what didn't I know and did you even want me to know. I grew up wanting to be just like you. I would go to Clark AU and pledge Delta Sigma Theta.

  I would not go to Clark until years later and she was so proud. I am still planning be a Delta but other things are more important right now. I got an MBA trying to be like my Auntie she and my other family members helped to complete my last assignment. I chose the hardest major because I wanted to push and I found a desire to know more about accounting. I would send problems and case studies. I would call her all hours of the night and she was always like, Brigni give me a minute, I have to pull it up. Never ceasing to help me through a tough spot. I realized after she that she was my crutch and feels like a can't move and don't know where to go.

Dear Auntie I know that you are no longer hurting and wishing you were here, but like a told you at the hospital, you can go and will see you soon. But wait until Peggy gets here. You were so strong, so strong. I know you wanted to stay. Our last conversation was about my new job and you asked me about health benefits you always asked about benefits. Hmmm. I was like not yet it is about the opportunity. I am going to miss our talks and you telling me what was necessary. I am thinking of the great times and everything. I am planning a foundation for you and I don't care if you don't want anyone to know about your strides.I know you meant well and I am happy so happy I was able to hold your warm hand and feel your embrace one last time. Still we meet again sincerely Baby Brigni"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Joe on 31st January 2018

"Cheryl’s passing is so difficult to process and bear. We got to know each other in 1994 through the Ph.D. Project and Cheryl was always proud that she was a founding member. We had a long chat a few months ago when we’d lost another friend. We reminisced about being roomies at conferences and the fun times we had with other doctoral students, Harold, Tom, Winnie, Buky and many more. Cheryl had such a warm, loving and giving spirit. I know how much she loved her siblings, nephews and nieces, and being in her sister and brother-in-law’s home. You were such a dedicated family in taking care of her. She really felt the warm blanket of love that you wrapped around her. She was so committed to Morehouse, her second family, and gave her heart, soul, and all that she had to that institution. I know that she’s left an indelible mark on the lives of those young men who were fortunate to be in her classroom or go on study abroad trips with her.

Yours is a life well lived. Rest peacefully my friend."

This tribute was added by Vinita Kight on 31st January 2018

"When I heard that Cheryl, a beautiful spirit had left this earth,
I immediately knew that she would no longer hurt.
Cheryl was strong, beautiful and so very pleasant,
If we could be as kind as Cheryl, we too can go to heaven.
She was so kind to everyone that she was around,
Not only that, she was humble and very profound.
Although, I did not have an opportunity to see her much,
My heart will miss her and the many people she touched.
You are now with your family – joined together in God’s love.
It was the greatest pleasure to have known you.
Love you in my heart and always,"

This tribute was added by Vinita Kight on 31st January 2018

"When I heard that Cheryl, a beautiful spirit had left this earth,
I immediately knew that she would no longer hurt.
Cheryl was strong, beautiful and so very pleasant,
If we could be as kind as Cheryl, we too can go to heaven.
She was so kind to everyone that she was around,
Not only that, she was humble and very profound.
Although, I did not have an opportunity to see her much,
My heart will miss her and the many people she touched.
You are now with your family – joined together in God’s love.
It was the greatest pleasure to have known you.
Love you in my heart and always,"

This tribute was added by Jewel Scott on 31st January 2018

"From the moment I met her she was a shining light, always so sweet & smiling! Always so informative & passing down  her blessings of knowledge! Jaelaan Gore & the Gore family just letting you know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. She is an Angel. You are making her so very proud. She walks with you daily. Love you all RIP Cheryl."

This tribute was added by Sheerie Johnson on 31st January 2018


I had the pleasure of being blessed with your presence a few times and it was obvious that you were someone to respect and honor. I recently spoke about a memory a few years ago that is etched in my mind, so happy and joyful with you, your sister Jennifer, and niece Jaelaan shopping all day and you sharing one of your favorite places to eat in Atlanta. Being at your birthday last year, again enjoying your words. You were so classy. I was always impressed around you. Though I didn't have much time with you I will always have the memories. My eyes are consumed because of grief. May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Dahlia Robinson on 31st January 2018

"I met Cheryl when I entered the doctoral program at the University of Georgia. She was a source of encouragement to me when things got tough. I will always remember our trips to Peking restaurant and our late nights drinking coffee in her office. Her commitment to her students at Morehouse was legendary. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Cheryl's family and friends for your loss. She will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by DMyrian Frederick on 31st January 2018

"Dr. Allen was truly one of my favorite professors. I will never forget her sayings, her wit and how she addressed each of her students. I will never forget you writing LLA (low lying apple) on my exam for a problem I didn't get correct because it was an easy problem. Thank you for your wisdom and taking the time to pour into me. I will never forget our phone calls. Sometimes it was hard to get you on the phone but when I did catch you we had great conversations. I will never forget how excited you were when I called to tell you I passed the CPA exam. An exam you pushed so many of your students to take and pass. You pushed it so much so that you made us read, "A White Collar Profession", which talked about the struggles of African Americans becoming CPAs. Thank you for your encouragement, interview preps and pushing me to do things I didn't think I could do. I was so looking forward to visiting you during my upcoming reunion. Thank you for everything and you will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Keith Webb on 31st January 2018

"Dear Cheryl. From the time we met in 2005, you were always a tremendous supporter of me and my efforts to work successfully with the Men of Morehouse. Additionally, I am happy to say you were a friend. Thank you for ALL of your contributions to the thousands of young men you have impacted over the course of your career and life. May GOD's eternal grace and peace be with you."

This tribute was added by Jaelaan Gore on 31st January 2018

"Auntie ...I am heartbroken. I still can't comprehend the fact that you are gone and everything that is lost with you.Thank you for playing such a crucial role in my life & overall development. You, along with Aunt Vikki & Mom have pushed me so hard to do my best in all I do & have instilled in me that nothing comes without hard work. I'm going to miss the nicknames you called me, the late night talks, doing "favors" for you as "nurse #2" as you would call it, grammar checks, & so so so much more. LILILI - Big Sister Girl"

This tribute was added by Gwen Wade on 31st January 2018

"Cheryl, as I write, I’m remembering conversations about our shared belief that people often come into our lives for a reason. We agreed we might never understand the reason, but we were adamant there were reasons.

Well, it didn’t take me long to understand the reason for our paths crossing.  God sent me a friend.  Someone who was smart, thoughtful, honest, classy and sassy enough to tell me the truth about my inability to carry a tune; or kindly suggest that my dance and stroll moves were probably better in the 1970s than they are now.

I miss you already my friend.  To be truthful, I know with a certainty I won’t ever stop missing you.  I will try not to cry overly much because I know you would rather I didn’t.  I can’t promise there won’t be times when I am sad, but I will promise to cherish the time and wonderful experiences we shared. And, when I think of these, I will smile as I am now.

Rest my sister, my friend.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Belinda White on 30th January 2018

"My Dear Soror Friend Cheryl, no words exist in any language to express my love for you or the sorrow and grief I feel in my heart resulting from your passing. Forever you will always remain the epitome of grace, beauty, and true Delta Fortitude. Oh for just a few more months, weeks, days or moments...all taken away from me on this side so I look forward to forever time with you in eternity. Belinda"

This tribute was added by vikki allen on 30th January 2018

"Dear Cheryl Lynn,
Our journey together on this side is ending. A link has snapped and you have broken from my grip. I have tried so hard to hold you a little more tightly, lately. I knew that you were slipping from my grip. I didn’t want you to, so I tried hard to pull you closer. I could feel you slipping, slipping away from me, from all us. I’ve seen in your eyes in a million ways, that you also knew you were losing our grip, you too pulled tighter. I’ve cried so many silent tears, begging for just a little more strength to hold you closer knowing you would soon slip from me. I have watched you walk in the building to work, each day getting slower, laboring harder, and I just break down in tears. I had to pull myself together, can’t fall into shattered pieces, I felt you needed me. I dried my tears, because I could not let you see me cry. Sometimes in silent moments with you and no others around I have simply cried and ask God for a little more grace and time, and he granted us that time, these little extra moments. Oh, he has been so good to us, that’s why we’ve be able to make it this long.  The other day, he said it was time, and I looked for those signs that I always see and feel when impending doom seems close to me. I always have that sighting, that feeling when my world is going to change and leave me broken and shattered. I knew that with Mama, Daddy, and all of the many other love ones and friends who have left us of late.  When it first became bad on Wednesday, I did not have that sickness at the pit of my stomach, I looked for the birds that I see take in flight and saw none, so I let my mind tell me that everything would be okay this time. In the back of my mind I knew better. I saw the signs, I could tell you were tired. Things got worst at the week’s end and yesterday you let go and now I too must do the same. I love you Cheryl, I know you know that. We tried so hard to keep you with us, but now the link has snapped and you are gone away forever from my sight, but never ever from my heart.  I love you so much.

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