Robert Erwyn Allison, Jr.
CLERMONT, Florida — Robert Erwyn Allison, Jr., 60, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
Robert was born Oct. 10, 1952 in Waynesville. A passionate and talented keyboard player, drummer and composer, he made his living as a performing musician. He began playing drums at the age of 10 with the local group The Alpines. After graduating from Tuscola in 1970, he attended N.C. State University, where he switched to keyboards. He moved from Waynesville to Clermont, Florida in 1973 and performed throughout the southeastern U.S. with various bands, most notably with the Rock Island Line from 1972 until 1978 and at Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida from 1978 to 1995. He was an avid sailor and an adventurous traveler. He always looked for the good in others, encouraging when there was despair, finding the bright spot in patches of darkness. In this day of the information superhighway, he still took the time to send handwritten notes of inspiration and encouragement to those who knew him. He is always described as gentle, generous, genuine and sincere. Never meeting a stranger, he’s left a lasting mark on all of our hearts, leaving behind many, many friends.
He is predeceased by his father, R.E. Allison, and is survived by his mother, Juanita Allison; brother, Sam Allison; sister-in-law, Nancy Allison; and nephews, Kevin and Chris Allison.
Friends will be received at Brewer and Sons in Clermont, Florida from 6 until 7 p.m. and a Celebration of Life service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Clermont, music ministries. Brewer and Sons Clermont Chapel handled arrangements.