Allen Lee Fox, 63, went to be with the Lord on November 7th, 2022 in Columbia, Tennessee. He was a beloved husband, father, and brother—survived by his wife, Deborah Diane Fox; two daughters, Sherry Fox and Rachel Kierstead; brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Nancy Fox; and son-in-law, Isaac Kierstead. Preceding Allen in death are his parents, Lawrence and Regina Fox, and his sister, Denise Fox.
Al was the fourth child born to Lawrence and Regina on July 26th, 1959 in Dearborn, Michigan. He called Michigan home for many years before spending several years in California, but returned home to marry his bride and start a family. He married his beautiful wife, Deborah, on May 25th, 1991, and welcomed their daughters only a few short years later. After running a successful business together for 13 years, Al and his wife retired to Tennessee in 2021.
There are always many words to describe the life and legacy of a man, but if only one could be chosen to describe Allen, it was “family”. He will always be remembered for the steadfast way he lived his life, and for the sacrificial love and patience he gave to those he kept close. While his presence will be missed, his heart and spirit will live on through his family with everlasting strength.
Allen found peace in nature, and whenever he could, he enjoyed anything from traveling the open seas to gathering in the backyard around a fire pit. He enjoyed bowling, playing softball, traveling to see MLB baseball stadiums, and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines. The key quality of all that he enjoyed, though, was togetherness. With many close friends and thousands of memories, he enjoyed any opportunity to remember good times with laughter. He was a devoted follower of Jesus and enjoyed studying Scripture and having rich spiritual conversations about his faith.
It was years ago in a movie that Al heard and adopted the phrase, “Gotta bounce!” and his family looks upon his passing knowing he is saying that phrase as he leaves his earthly life and heads into his heavenly home with a joking smile on his face.
Allen will be laid to rest on November 14th, 2022 in Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Tennessee, surrounded in love from those near and far.