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Posted: October 8, 2009 2:14 p.m.

Robert Luke Allgood

Robert Luke Allgood
A.E. Carter Funeral Home, Atlanta
Robert Luke Allgood, 83, of Madison, passed away Oct. 6. He was born 1926 in Oxford, the son of the late Carl Samuel Allgood and Etta Wiley Allgood. In 1944, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 96th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater during World War II. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism at Okinawa. Of the 230 men in his unit, only 36 survived the conflict. He was discharged in 1946 and married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Ellis, in 1947. He had a 30-year career with Southern Bell, relocating to Madison in 1964 to supervise the switch of the last manual exchange in Georgia to automated service. History was made on July 16, 1967 when the last phone call was made in the state that required an operator assisted switchboard. He retired from Southern Bell in 1982 and remained active in the Telephone Pioneers. He served as mayor of Madison from 1971 to 1989 acting as city judge in "Mayor's Court." Under his leadership, Madison's Historic District was organized. He was active in Madison First United Methodist Church serving many years on the Board of Trustees and most recently on the Building Committee. He was a charter member of the Lion's Club in Oxford, a Boy Scout Master of troop 209 in Conyers and a member of Kiwanis Club in Madison serving a term as president. He was an avid fan and supporter of the Morgan County Bulldogs. He spent his retirement years dove, quail and pheasant hunting as well as fishing, gardening and baking. Many people were recipients of his bountiful garden and his delicious cakes and candies. In November 2008, he was proud to be a part of the 14 men from Morgan County on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II Memorial. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He leaves behind his wife Ruth, of 61 years; daughters and sons-in-law Lynne and Richard MacMaster of Longview, Wash., Emily and Mike Johnson of Roswell, Carole and Clifton Hanes of Madison; grandchildren Jennifer and Seth Stewart, Robert Hanes, Steven Johnson and Jake Johnson; brothers Lorenzo Allgood of Gainesville and Cary Allgood of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 9, at Madison First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lane Jenkins and the Rev. Kirk Bozeman officiating. Interment will follow at Madison Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Madison First United Methodist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 350 Madison, Ga. 30650.
The Covington News Oct. 9, 2009
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