Rex S. Allman
November 24, 1954 - July 11, 2015
Rex S. Allman, a valued member of the Charlotte Kendo Club, suffered a severe heart attack and passed away a short time later at Presbyterian Hospital. Rex was born in Charlotte and attended South Mecklenburg high School but was bussed to Olympic HIgh for his senior year. He also attended Central Piedmont Community College where he acquired an AAS in Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Science. He had a career as a Safety Director and consultant. He also attended Queens College in Charlotte in recent years. His hobbies included Bonsai and he was an avid member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club.
Rex had been divorced, he had two children, a son named Trevor and a daughter named Ria. He was a giving person and worked with depressed persons, teaching them meditation and becoming a certified mental health associate.
Rex initially began Kendo while living in Blacksburg, Virginia with the Virginia Tech kendo club. After training with them for a year, he moved back to Charlotte and joined us while we were practicing at Latta Recreation Center in the Dilworth neighborhood. While his attendance was interrupted by jobs in different parts of the state, he became the sempai (senior student) and led us in warm ups when we moved to Carolina Gymnastics and Martial Arts Center of Matthews in 1995. Several jobs in Rockingham and Wilmington kept him away so he could only attend practice intermittently, when he was in town. He returned to Charlotte about the time we moved into our present practice location at Hawthorn Lane United Methodist Church. When we established a separate time for a beginners class, Rex became my top assistant, helping to teach newcomers and assisting them with putting on armor and tying on their tenugui.
He dealt with everyone with patience, humor, and some hard earned wisdom. We will miss him.