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Local entertainer Allison dies after struggle w/ cancer

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Well-known local singer and entertainer Donnie Allison has died after a four year battle with cancer.  He was popular for his character impersonations of Elvis and Buddy Holly.  He was a regular performer at Lubbock's Cactus Theater.

His wife posted this message Tuesday night on Facebook:  "At 10:00 tonight, the love of my life won his battle with cancer.  He is no longer in pain and has regained his voice as he is singing with angels in the presence of his savior.  We will all miss your amazing voice and wonderful smile."

"There are very few people who are artists and I think Donnie Allison was one of those unique human beings that was truly an artist," the Cactus Theater's Don Caldwell said.

"A man that accomplished an amazing amount in the time that he was alive," Former band mate, John Sprott said.

As a young musician his friends say they remember him singing rock with waist-length hair.

He would later join the Nelsons through the 80's and play with them for seven years. The nelsons won an MTV basement tapes competition with its song "I don't mind."

Allison would later begin working steadily for Don Caldwell at the Cactus Theater. Caldwell remembers Allison as a very unique talent.

I cant think about Donnie without smiling. Donnie brought joy to all the people he was around backstage, onstage, in life, he was a man who looked for joy and found it throughout his life.

Donnie leaves behind his wife, Stephanie, and their young son, Zachary. He was 49 years old.A farewell tribute will be held at 1 o'clock this Saturday, at Trinity Church.


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