AceShowbiz - Gregg Allman lived the ultimate rock star's life, but long before he and his brother Duane Allman pioneered jam band aesthetics as the Allman Brothers Band, the duo survived a childhood scarred by tragedy. Their father Willis Turner Allman was killed by a hitchhiker the night after Christmas in 1949. Gregg and Duane were just toddlers, 2 and 3 years old respectively, at the time when their father passed away at only 31 years old.
The second lieutenant in the Army, who was stationed at Fort Story, and another officer, Robert Buchanan, met the hitchhiker in Oriental Gardens restaurant who then asked to be taken home. The hitchhiker directed them to a place near Lambert's Farm, where he drew a small automatic pistol and robbed the two soldiers. Willis is believed to have lunged for the gun and got shot. He died from a bullet wound in the chest.