The City of Goldsboro lost a dedicated community servant today. Former Mayor Chuck Allen passed away on Friday following a health battle that began limiting his time leading the city in late 2019. He was 60-years-old.
Allen had served as Mayor since 2015, winning reelection in 2019. He stepped down from his role as mayor in June. Allen had served on the Goldsboro City Council since 1999.
Allen is a graduate of Goldsboro High School, and he attended NC State University before returning to Goldsboro, the home that he loved. He owned Allen Grading Company and the Lantern Inn Restaurant.
As his time in city government came to an end, Allen was given the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. A section of the U.S. 70 Bypass around Goldsboro was also named in his honor.
Current Mayor David Ham, who succeeded Mayor Allen, released the following statement:
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce Mayor Chuck Allen’s passing today. Mayor Allen served this city for a combined twenty-two plus years as a member of the City Council representing the 5th District and as Mayor. He was devoted to improving the city’s economic standing and, just as important, the well-being of its citizens. On behalf of our Goldsboro city employees, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mayor Allen’s family. He will be sincerely missed.”
City Manager Tim Salmon released the following statement regarding Mayor Allen’s passing:
“On behalf of the City of Goldsboro employees and myself, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mayor Chuck Allen. His passing is a huge loss to the residents and visitors of the City he loved so much. Mayor Allen’s tireless efforts to make Goldsboro a better place to live have left a legacy that will be remembered by many for a very long time.”
A Celebration of Life will be held September 21 at 4:30pm at The Farm, 200 Arrington Bridge Road, Goldsboro, NC. Family will greet friends after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chuck Allen Scholarship Fund. This fund is being established to provide a need – based scholarship for a Goldsboro resident to attend either police or fire academy. Donations can be made payable to the Chuck Allen Scholarship Fund and sent to Allen Grading Company, PO Box 1838, Goldsboro, NC 27533.
Mayor Chuck Allen’s complete obituary can be found here.