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Allen Linley Holbrook, 54, of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 16, 2019, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Born on November 13, 1964 in Beaufort, South Carolina, he was a son of Barbara E. Huffman Cooper and the late James R. Holbrook. He received his education at the Beaufort County schools. His passion for his future career was influenced as a youth from living near the old Beaufort Fire Department Station on the corner of Scott and Craven Streets. He began volunteering with the Burton Fire District in the early 1980’s and eventually became a full-time Firefighter with the City of Hanahan, Burton Fire District, MCAS Beaufort Fire Department, Parris Island Fire Department, Fort Benning Fire Department, and as a contract Fire Inspector in Uzbekistan until becoming disabled. Allen advanced through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, EMT, Lieutenant, Captain, and Fire Inspector. Allen was recognized for his hard work and passion by receiving the National Medal of Honor DOD Life Saving Award. He proudly served the community for over 30 years. Allen met his first wife, Kathleen O’Neill Holbrook, through the fire service and were married on June 10, 1990 in Beaufort. They raised four children together in the Lowcountry. Allen was a great jokester and could always liven any situation. He loved to fish, cook, go camping, play darts, ride motorcycles (Club name was DOB), and more fishing! Allen was always willing and if capable, of helping anyone in need almost to a fault. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His one true love was for his children and grandchildren! They were his world and meant everything to him. Allen will be dearly missed by all whom knew him.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Golden and Bertha Huffman of West Virginia; his aunts, Bonnie Shelton Johnson of North Carolina and Patty Caudill of West Virginia; his uncles, Golden “Peewee” Huffman Jr. of Beaufort, Duke Caudill of West Virginia, and Jerry Bennett of Beaufort.

Survivors include his children, Kevin Szabo, Kaitlen (Brian) Holbrook-Bonk, Aimee (Sonnie) Claffey, all of Beaufort, and Austin (Kimberly) Holbrook of Kansas; his grandchildren, Taylor L. Bonk, Timothy “Landon” Bonk, Caroline L. Bonk and Theodore N. Claffey, all of Beaufort, and Alice L. Holbrook of Kansas; his mother, Barbara E. Cooper of Beaufort; his sisters, Janetter L. Moyer (Chuck) of Walterboro, and Teresa Baker of Summerville; his brother, James A. Holbrook (Veda) of Kansas; his aunt, Helen Bennett of Beaufort; many nieces and nephews; his ex-in-laws, Robert (Aiko) O’Neill, John O’Neill, Robert O’Neill Jr., all of Beaufort, Daniel (Donna) O’Neill of Indiana, Lisa Beasley O’Neill of North Carolina, and Paul (Denise) Hagan of Myrtle Beach.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2019, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive.

A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2019, in the chapel of Copeland Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Scott Hunter, Chief Darran Vaughn and Chief Harry Rountree.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Amvets Post in Port Royal, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his Memorial/Donation Fund on GoFundMe c/o Tonya Oakley at the following link:

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  1. Eric Oeffler says:

    May you Rest In Peace Allen. You were one of my first fire service mentors. You will never be forgotten.

  2. Capt.Ronald Coleman says:

    Rest in peace my brother,no more sickness no more pain. You will be missed.

  3. Keith Holley says:

    Allen you were a great friend and a Great Firefighter just know you made a difference in the community with your service and I enjoyed the many conversations we had about fire fighting and about PI . Glad to know you are not suffering anymore, Rest easy Brother.

  4. Missy Thorpe says:

    Rest easy Allen. We have the nozzle now Brother.

  5. Tanya Maxwell says:

    🙁 You will truly be missed. Sleep peacefully . Love you always.

  6. Charlie Cox says:

    My sincere condolences to Allen’s family. I worked with him for a brief time at MCAS, always soft spoken and had good things to say.

  7. Battalion Chief Debora R. Lewis (Ret.) says:

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Allen’s family. I will always remember Allen as my first Captain at Burton FD back in 1996. He taught me many things, had a great sense of humor, and played a mean game of UNO. Rest in peace Capt…you will live on in those you loved and lead.

  8. Renee Dykstra says:

    Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Rest in peace Allen, you are now free from pain. We have so many wonderful memories with you and all of the Burton crew.

  9. Erle and Marybeth Miller says:

    You think of Allen Holbrook when ever Burton Fire comes mind.
    You think of Allen and then automatically the words dedication
    and extremely hard working are right there. Allen you were
    so many things to your family, coworkers and your community. You
    Left your mark, you fought bravely…now you go rest high on that
    Mountain young man. See you someday on the other side.

  10. Paul Bridgman says:

    My memories of the times Allen and I shared bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. He is missed.

  11. Jack Dean says:

    I would like to let all of Allen’s family know how deeply sorry I am to hear of his passing. I worked with Allen in numerous places including the Middle East. He was one of the best firefighters I have ever met. He was selfless in everything he did. He always put others first. Allen loved life, loved serving his community, and most of all he loved his family. I am so grateful the I can call Allen my friend. Thanks for all the incredible times we shared my brother. I will always cherish those memories. The struggle is finally over. It’s time for you to rest. I’ll miss you my brother. I love you!

  12. Joey ramsey says:

    You will be missed we had good time on are motorcycles in Daytona and good times a work take care and RIP my brother.

  13. Tom Holberton says:

    So sorry to hear of Allen’s passing. It’s been a lot of years since I’ve seen him so I really don’t know what the issues were but had a blast with him kicking around Beaufort (40 years ago), good times. Loss is hard so prayers for the family. I’m sure he’ll be missed.

  14. Kathy Holbrook says:

    Been thinking of you and miss you.  Today and the last several weeks have been very difficult.  I know you wouldn’t want me to be sad or upset but it’s been really painful, especially when contemplating future gatherings and events without you physically there.  I have been seeing and hearing many signs that make me reminisce our past, and I feel is your way of saying I’m still here! Until we meet again save some Spots for me. XOXOXO up

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