Allen Ray Elkins
Allen Ray Elkins
  • March 17, 1931 - December 21, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Allen Ray Elkins was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 17, 1931 and passed away December 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wyatt and Ruby McKinney Elkins of Knoxville, Tn., and his beloved wife of 52 years, Patricia Ann Elkins, of Williamsburg, Va. He is survived by daughter Ashley Zesinger (Greg) of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and daughter Allison Elkins of Sandy Springs, Ga.; granddaughters, Amy Taylor Zesinger and Julie Ann Zesinger, brothers Gordon Elkins of Kingston Springs, Tn. and Norman Elkins (Linda) of Chattanooga, Tn., and niece Brittany Roberts (Harrison), and nephew Douglas Elkins (Allison).

He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War where he attained the rank of sergeant. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1957 where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. After graduation, Allen entered the Central Intelligence Agency in October, 1957.

During his 35 year career with the CIA, Allen served in a variety of positions at overseas locations and in Washington, D.C. In over eleven years of service in overseas posts, he was assigned to Okinawa; Frankfurt, Germany; Vientiane, Laos; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Rome, Italy. He was appointed to the National War College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. where he graduated in the class of 1976. From 1983 to his retirement in 1988 he served as CIA's Director of Finance. Following retirement, Allen continued working as a contract consultant at the DCI Center for Security Evaluation until 1992.

He is the recipient of several citations and letters of commendation for his service over the years including the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction (1979) and the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal (1988), the CIA's highest award for service. Allen is a Life Member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National War College Alumni Association. He also served as president of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association (CIRA), and then served on the National Board of Director's for CIRA from 2001-2005.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 at Williamsburg United Methodist Church at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Allen's name may be made to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church where he was a long time member, and served the church for several years as a member of the Finance Committee.