BIG CANOE, Ga. (BP)–Wanda Allen, 73, wife of former Southern Baptist Convention President Jimmy Allen, died Nov. 13 in Big Canoe, Ga., after a lengthy illness.
In addition to their Baptist involvements, the Allens became known for a 1997 book, “Burden of a Secret,” about the deaths of a daughter-in-law and two grandsons to HIV/AIDS following contaminated blood transfusions.
Bryan’s House, the nation’s first pediatric agency for children with AIDS, was named for one of the grandsons, the first baby of record to die of HIV/AIDS in Dallas, according to the Baptist Standard in Dallas.
Wanda Allen, an Oklahoma native, also had been a public school teacher for 23 years and a Texas Baptist women’s missions leader.
She is survived by her husband, who also led the former SBC Radio & Television Commission, and three sons, Michael, Skip and Kenneth.