ALLEN, RONALD R. SR. (RON) age 77 of Knoxville passed away June 10, 2011 at Ft. Sanders due to complications from surgery. Graduated from Rule High School and the University of Tennessee. Member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by mother, Glenna B. Smith; father, John Rogers Allen and son, Ron Allen, Jr. Survived by wife of 58 years, Flora S. Allen; son, Richard Allen; daughter, Jennifer Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Bettie and Jim Bird; several special nieces and nephews. Ron was a rare book dealer and well known local historian who composed nearly 30 books, many of which detailed Knoxville's history, memories, and events. He was a member of East Tennessee Historical Society, The Tennessee Society, an avid contributor and supporter of the UTK libraries, past President of Northside Kiwanis Club, and well know local golfer. Retired from JE Lutz after 40 years of service. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Wednesday at Weaver's Chapel with the service to follow at 7 pm. Rev. Carl Oaks officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am Thursday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for an 11 am interment. You may share your condolences and sign Ron's register online at www.weaverfuneralservices.com. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.