Allen Hill Davis, Jr.
March 13, 1939 ~ May 6, 2023

Beloved father, grandfather, friend, and teacher, Allen Hill Davis, Jr. of Chattanooga, TN, passed away on Saturday, May 6th, 2023 of natural causes at the age of 84.


Allen was born in Colorado and moved frequently during his youth due to his father’s service in the Army and Army Corps of Engineers. Allen lived in Palo Alto, CA, Lido Island, CA, Cambridge, MA, Byhalia, MS, Falls Church, VA, and most recently, Chattanooga, TN.  He was of the Christian faith and attended Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Allen completed his undergraduate work with the University of Colorado, his graduate work with Colorado State University, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Allen lived in Liberia for two years during his time with the Peace Corps where he taught Botany and English to the local students. They knew so much about their local flora and fauna that Allen taught them about North American plant life. He was a dedicated Professor of Anatomy and Physiology with Martin College and also with Tennessee Temple University. In addition to being an educator, Allen was a talented musician and played the French Horn in his church orchestra as well as the Chattanooga Community Orchestra. He was a gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor and a passion for nature and history. Allen was a modern day Renaissance man, is deeply loved, and will be greatly missed.


Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Davis; parents, Allen and Evelyn Davis; and sister, Kathleen Alexander.


Survivors include his daughters, Helen D. (Bill) Johnson and Susan (John) Lazenby; grandchildren: John and Kathryn Lazenby and Emma and William Johnson; nephews, Allen and Ronald Alexander; and many friends, colleagues, and students.


A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Allen’s wife’s honor to the ALS Association of Georgia at Allen dedicated himself to her care for many years and would be honored with a donation in Karen’s memory.

Funeral Home in Charge

Lane Funeral Home – South Crest Chapel
833 Chickamauga Ave
Rossville, GA 30741