ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Marshall County District 3 Commissioner Buddy Allen passed away Friday around noon. Allen was in hospice care for a lung condition.
Allen, 74, was first elected in 2000 as a Democrat. He was defeated for reelection in 2008. However, four years later he won his old seat back as a Republican.
Allen's family says serving as a commissioner to Marshall County was a task Allen relished. "He was his happiest when he was in this job, serving the people of Marshall County," Pat Allen, Allen's son says. He says his father enjoyed working with people, which was something serving as a commissioner demanded. "He got to be involved in what was going on in the county, he felt like he was making a difference, and he just loved people so much," Allen says.
Allen says his father looked at his constituents as friends."I've had many of his constituents slash friends come by and see us and talk about how good a friend he was to them," Allen says.
Those same connections resounded throughout the office Allen loved so much. Fellow Commissioner R.E. Martin knew Allen for 25 years. "I just couldn't believe he got that sick that quick. I miss him." Martin says.
Martin says his friendship with Allen translated into their job serving the public. "Never argued over anything, it always worked out. Of course we didn't always see eye to eye on everything, but we always worked it out," Martin says.
Pat Allen says his father respected the other commissioners and the accomplishments they achieved together. He says his family won't let Allen's memory or his ambitions fade. "He just always wanted to get things done and make things better for his kids, and his grandkids."
Allen's visitation will be held Sunday at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home from five o'clock until eight o'clock and his funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Monday at Central Baptist.
Governor Robert Bentley will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Allen's term which will end in November of 2016.