Allen Henry Johness
Allen Henry Johness
  • June 16, 1924 - March 9, 2017
  • Covington, Louisiana

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Allen Henry Johness Jr. passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital on March 9, 2017. He was born in New Orleans to Allen Henry Johness and Maria Scratchley Johness on June 16, 1924. In 1947, Allen graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

As president of Johness Realty Company, he was a prominent commercial real estate developer and served as president of the New Orleans Real Estate Board, which founded an annual award in his name for the most outstanding realtor. Allen also promoted the performing arts in New Orleans, serving as president of the New Orleans Symphony, the New Orleans Opera Association, and the Community Concert Series.

He enjoyed collecting fine art and antiques as well as being an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing in southern Louisiana and Mississippi. He was also an expert on camellias.

Allen is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rosalie Woolfley Johness, and four daughters, Rosalie Elizabeth Johness, Maria Johness Perrotte, Katharine Johness Mossy, and Deborah Johness Kurowski. He is also survived by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by another daughter, Margaret Woolfley Johness.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 12;30PM until service time. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Tammany Animal Resource Team to establish a critical care fund in Allen’s name. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit