BATON ROUGE – Funeral services for Bishop Richard V. Allmon, Sr., leader of the Full Gospel United Pentecostal Church, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Living Faith Cathedral, located at 6375 Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the same location. The interment will immediately follow the services and will be held at Pride Port Hudson National Cemetery.
Bishop Allmon, 57, died on April 15, 2012, shortly after offering his final sermon. Poignantly, his last address to his congregation was titled, “I’ve Done Enough”, a sermon focused on inspiring his church family to take the messages and lessons learned over the years and applying them to actions in their own lives.
Allmon graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1972, where he ranked in the top ten of his class. His academic achievements were rewarded with a full scholarship to The United States Air Force Academy. He served his country for nearly five years, achieving the rank of Sergeant. The same year he graduated from high school, he married his childhood sweetheart, Lois Ann Straw. Together the couple has twelve children: Richard Jr., Renarda, Raymond, Ravonne, Reginald, Rachel, Robert, Reuben, Rebecca, Ryan, Lois and Ramahd.
Allmon received his calling to the ministry in 1977. He earned his Certificate of Ordination from the United Pentecostal Church International in 1979, and his love of education that began as a child continued throughout his life. In 1990 he earned an Associate of Theology degree from Christian Life College and continued on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. His educational pursuits culminated in the completion of a Masters of Divinity with a specialization in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While homeschooling his own children, Bishop Allmon was inspired to establish the Full Gospel Christian Academy which served students from Kindergarten through eighth grade.
Over the course of his life, Allmon traveled throughout the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, building churches and bringing souls to Christ. He and his wife built Tabernacle of Truth United Pentecostal Church in 1982 in Gray, Louisiana before his election as Pastor of Full Gospel United Pentecostal Church in 1983, where he served until his death. He and his wife also worked to establish The S.E. Mackey Community and Fitness Center, community programs and ministerial alliances to address the holistic needs of the families within their ministry and community.
The Allmon family has established a memorial fund in the bishop’s name. Donations can be made to the
Richard V. Allmon Sr. Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 74343, Baton Rouge, LA 70874.
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