Baton Rouge Bishop dies shortly after preaching sermon | Events
The community is mourning the loss of Bishop Richard Allmon Senior of Full Gospel United Pentecostal Church on Mickens Road . He died Sunday April 15 after preaching his last sermon entitled "I've done enough already."
He was 57 years old.
“He literally preached his own eulogy and we didn’t know it,” his son Raymond Allmon tells WAFB.
Family members say after preaching his sermon, he sat down on the front row with his wife, told her his legs were hurting, and instructed her to call an ambulance. He died later at the hospital from a blood clot.
Rev. Allmon had been pastoring the church for 30 years. He and his wife Lois had 12 children and they had been married for nearly 40 years. Family members say he was the picture of health, jogging about eight miles a day.
His son Rev. Ricky Allmon says he father died with a big smile on his face.
“He looked around the doctor to my sister Rachel and says “I’m gone,” with a big smile on his face and then turned toward my mother,” Rev. Ricky said. “I didn’t know a greater human being or a greater man.”
Rev. Raymond Johnson, pastor of Living Faith Christian Center, had known Allmon for 20 years. He says he was passionate about helping the community.
“He was a great friend to me,” he says. “We shared a lot of the same values of helping the community. He was just always positive and always looking to improve the environment.”
As part of his legacy, he established the S.E. Mackey Community and Fitness Center in North Baton Rouge which was open to members as well as the community at large.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23 at Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Avenue. Visitation at 9 a.m. and services at 10 a.m