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Hayden Allen performs at the Shuck and Jive Stage at Market Street Festival
The Golden Triangle lost one of its own on Sunday, March 12, 2017 when the voice of local entertainer, Hayden Allen was silenced. Hayden was doing what he loved, performing music at a wedding in Columbus when he suddenly collapsed on stage. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
He was only 30 years old. Known throughout the area for his talents in music playing in various bands, and through his worship ministry at Hope Community Church in Columbus, he also worked at Regions Bank in Columbus. He and his wife, Jessi, parents to Zoe Jayne, were recently blessed with the birth of Anberlyn Rayne, just two weeks ago.
Family and friends have taken to social media to comment about the impact that Hayden has had on their lives. His friend, Chris Jenkins stated, “I’d known him four or five years. I am good friends with Bryan Roberts, Justin Klieber, Lance Cooper and all those guys who were in a band called AM/FM and had a spin-off band called Atomic Toast and Hayden played in that. I am also a Regions customer and knew him from that. The thing that struck me about Hayden, was he always had a smile on his face and a kind word. He was never in a bad mood. He was always upbeat and positive. He was truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever known.”
The community has rallied around his family and a Go Fund Me account established for his children has raised over 21,000, almost $7,000 beyond the original goal of $15,000. To contribute to the fund visit the website at https://www.gofundme.com/sweet-zoe-anberlyn.
A benefit organized by his friends will also be held on Sunday, March 26 at Zachary’s and the Elbow Room from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be an acoustic stage in the bar and a band stage at the other end of the restaurant. Huck’s will also participate by having the cooking trailer there to sell shrimp, crawfish and gumbo. The outside parking lot of Zachary’s will be barricaded so people will have outside seating, weather permitting. Bands that will be performing are: New Age Relics, Alibi, Youth of Eden, Bouncing Betty and The Wright Moves.
His funeral was held at First Baptist Church in West Point on Tuesday, March 13, 2017. Hayden left behind his wife, Jessi, and daughters Zoe Jayne and Anberlyn Rayne of Columbus; his parents, Scott and Beverly Allen of West Point; Brothers Scott Allen, Jr. of Columbus and Brian Riley Allen (Gabby) of Concord, Califorinia; a nephew, Brogan, of Concord, California; and many other family and friends.