NASHVILLE – Charles Rogan Allen passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Rogan was preceded in death by his parents, William T. (Bill “Hoss”) and Nancy Allen. He is survived by his daughter, Marcie Allen Van Mol (Derek), his son, Rogan Allen, Jr., his sister, Bebe Evans (Frank), and granddaughters, Holine and Ryan Van Mol.
Rogan was born in Nashville on February 15, 1952. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1971 and from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1975.
From a young age, Rogan forged strong friendships along the way and most recently, with his own dedicated caregivers, especially Leslie (“Les”) Vaughn, his closest friend at the time of his passing. By the time he reached adulthood, Rogan was known as an energetic entrepreneur, gatherer of friends, and orchestrator of good times. Once you entered Rogan’s friendship circle, you became like family. He never met a stranger whether managing his thriving construction business or on the front row at countless live music events, especially the Rolling Stones, for whom Rogan was an avid fan.
Rogan was not just a builder of friendships but also a designer and builder of Nashville’s most innovative and beautiful homes. Rogan Allen Builders, LLC, which started in 1985 grew quickly to become Nashville’s premier and sought-after builders.
Rogan seized every opportunity each day to live life to the fullest. Like his late father, William T. “Hossman” Allen III, who broke down barriers of gender and race in the music industry, Rogan was similar to his predecessor about barriers in life. Spontaneity and adventure were part of his charisma. He once took a cooking class in Italy and made his way through the sights and sounds of new cities without an itinerary because an agenda could be too limiting for Rogan’s adventurous spirit. That is how he lived his life- not wasting a single day wishing for adventure but creating it for himself.
Rogan often entertained small and vast crowds of friends at his home, especially on Independence Day. It is no coincidence that some of Rogan’s best parties fell on July 4th, as he was an independent spirit who loved traveling, cooking, all sports, the mountains of North Carolina, the Florida Keys, scuba diving and discovering new parts of the world.
The family wishes to thank Frankie and Leslie Vaughn, Val Granderson and Delores Hawkins for their devoted and consistent care of Rogan for the past two years. The family also wishes tremendous gratitude to the nurses and caregivers at Guardian Home Health Care, especially Keisha Mason, Andrea Baker and Rebecca Beale.
A service will be held at Christ The King Church on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee with visitation at noon and a memorial service at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cumberland Heights (8283 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209), The Harpeth Hall School (3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215), 202 Friendship House (202 23rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203), or the charity of your choice.