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William Walter "Bill" Allen passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Hot Springs at the age of 88. He was born November 4, 1932, the son of William Walter and Elizabeth Allen. Bill was a graduate of Bismarck High School, Henderson State Teachers College, and The University of Arkansas. He taught math and was the director of the computer science department at Ouachita Baptist University from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. Bill, "Mr. Allen," also taught math at Waldo High School where he was the high school principal. The Waldo class of 1960 dedicated their yearbook to him. He was a Mason, U.S. Air Force Korean War Era veteran, an avid fisherman, and hunter. He was the most comfortable when on his tractor at his Richwoods farm.

His optimism is only surpassed by the pride and love he had for his family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lora Allen; a daughter, Diane Smith, of Hot Springs Village; son, Greg Allen, of Arkadelphia; grandchildren, Jeremy Allen, Meredith Smith Caver and Will Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kate and Louis Caver. Bill is preceded in death by one granddaughter, Lori Allen; and five siblings.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia. Graveside Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the DeRoach Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Bismarck with son-in-law Dr. Walter (Bubba) Smith officiating.


Memorials may be made to the Ouachita Baptist Scholarship Education Fund in his memory.

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