Obituaries for the Allen Family
William 'Rex' Allen
Publication: CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL Published: 06/10/1986
Dorothy Alice Allen
RED STAR - Dorothy Alice Allen, 59, died Friday, July 23, 1999, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born March 3, 1940, at Red Star, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Irwin "Butch" Edwards and Margaret Virginia Workman Edwards. Mrs. Allen was retired from Crown Cleaners as a dry cleaner presser and was a homemaker. She was also a member of Pax Branch Baptist Church, Pax, and she had also sought a nursing degree in the early 1970s. She was preceded in death by a son, Dayton Ervin Canterbury; and two sisters, Phyllis Canaday and Geraldine Morrison. Survivors include nine children, Robert Lee Canterbury Jr. of Maple Fork, Patricia Pickard of Miami, Roger Dale Canterbury Sr. of Maple Fork, Eddie Dean Canterbury of Pax, Kathy Ann Caldwell of Red Star, Eva Marie Johnson of Hilltop, Cammie Lynn Semple of Mobile, Ala., Terry Allen Canterbury of Pluto and William Randall Canterbury of Red Star; a sister, Pat Cochran of San Diego; two brothers, Marlan "Pickey" Edwards of Pax and Charles Edwards of Maryland; 27 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Samuel Vance officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pax Branch Baptist Church, Route 1, Box 28, Mount Hope, WV 25880. Jimmy Treadway, Karrie Canaday, Charles Canaday, David Canaday, Robert Canterbury III and Roger Canterbury will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Joseph P. Allen
UNION - Joseph Preston Allen, 26, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Union. Born Nov. 22, 1972, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of R. Michael and Rebecca Hammack Allen of Union. Mr. Allen was a 1990 graduate of Union High School at Union, was a member of the Sierra Club and was an outdoor enthusiast. He had spent the last two years in Columbia, Md. Other survivors include his paternal grandparents, Nevitt and Dorothy Sibold Allen of Union; his maternal grandparents, John D. and Wilma Board Hammack of Lewisburg; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Groves Funeral Home, Union. The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the Sierra Club, 85 Second St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441. Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.
James 'Kenneth' Allen
James "Kenneth" Allen, 53, of Lester, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at his home of natural causes. Born Feb. 16, 1947, in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of L. Cecil Allen and Edith DeBerry Allen of Lester. Mr. Allen was a school teacher. He was a graduate of Stratton High School and Coppin State College, Baltimore, where he received his bachelor's of science degree. He did graduate work at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, Charleston, where he received his master's of arts. He was a member of St. Matthew AME Church, Lester, and Masonic Lodge No. 27 AF and AY of Beckley, where he was a past worshipful master and most recently was serving as treasurer, and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He was preceded in death by a brother, Darnell Allen. Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Craig Allen of New York, Christopher James Allen and Damion Clayton Allen, both of Philadelphia, and Kenyatta Mitchell of New York; a daughter, Junaee Anne Allen of Philadelphia; two grandchildren, Amea Allen and Zamir Allen, both of Philadelphia; a brother, Lincoln (Florence) Allen of Forestville, Md.; two sisters, Yvette (Nathan) Penn of Forest Park, Ga., and Colleen (David) Hickson of Atlanta; and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Allen of Lester. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Winding Gulf Baptist Music Center, Glen White, with the Revs. Abner Wright and Marsha Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call two hours before service Thursday and the family will receive friends one hour before service at the center. The family will also receive friends at the home of his parents. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Thomas G. Allen, Sr.
DALEVILLE, Va. - Thomas Gerald Allen Sr., 65, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 24, 2000. Mr. Allen was a member of Bonsack Baptist Church. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a graduate of West Virginia University, where he was an active alumnus, and a retired electrical engineer. Since his retirement, he and his family enjoyed countless hours at Smith Mountain Lake. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife, Linda L. Allen; his children and their spouses, Kim and Curt Allen of Fincastle, Va., Thomas G. Jr., and Grace Arney of Daleville and Tammy and Rod Smith of Troutville, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Denny Garten of Daleville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Lee and Barbara Allen of Roanoke, Va., and Richard and Janis Allen of Mount Hope; grandchildren, Britney Arney, Drew Arney, Thomas G. Allen, III, Justin Smith and Luke Arney; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Rader Funeral Home Chapel, Daleville, with Dr. Robert G. Moore III and the Rev. Kevin Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. The family received friends 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Donations of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, 4504 Starkey Road, SW, Suite 115, Roanoke, VA 24014. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville. Submitted by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Alicia Rachel Allen
TURKEY KNOB - Alicia Rachel Taylor Allen, 77, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness. Born May 12, 1923, at Turkey Knob, she was the daughter of Mary Pike Taylor of Mount Hope and the late Charles Taylor. Mrs. Allen was a member of Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mount Hope, was mother of the church, president of the mission, head usher and prayer band leader. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt Henry Allen, on Nov. 15, 1997; a son, Charles Allen; two sisters, Maxine Campbell and Alese Manns; a brother, Wendell Taylor; and a granddaughter, Tomasa Allen. Survivors include two daughters, Edna R. Farrow and her husband, Ralph, and Mary A. Wells and her husband, Sandy, all of Mount Hope; five sons, Emmitt H. Allen Jr. and his wife, Joberta, Lewis H. Allen and his wife, Debra, Thomas E. Allen and his wife, Velma Jean, and Leslie W. Allen and his wife, Fran, all of Mount Hope, and Willie Ray Wilken of Chicago; five sisters, Cortez Taylor of Elkins, Lessie Smith of Mount Hope, Charlotte Williams of Pompano Beach, Fla., Mabel Ingram of East St. Louis, Ill., and Romona Morris of Cleveland; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mount Hope, with Bishop John Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
BAILEYSVILLE- Bill Allen, 82, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, following a brief battle with cancer. Born July 2, 1918, in Baileysville, he was the son of the late Andrew Lee and Emma Morgan Allen. Mr. Allen graduated from Moler Barber College in Cincinnati and operated a barber shop in Baileysville for 30 years. He retired from National Mines and attended the Church of God in Brenton. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. After training at Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Bragg, N.C., and maneuvers in Louisiana, he was assigned to Gen. George Patton's Third Army, 193rd Field Artillery Group, XX Corps, also known as the "Ghost Corps." During his service, he attained the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Allen participated in the Battle of Chartres, Battle of Verdun, Battle of Metz, Battle Along the Moselle, Battle on Saarlautern and Battle of Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge). He was awarded the following medals and commendations: Good Conduct Medal, Marksmanship Medal, Victory Medal, European Theatre Medal, Bronze Star and a special commendation, "The Medaille de Verdan," by the government of France. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Baby Louise, Carolyn Kennedy, Julia Mabe and Martha Allen. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Goldia Atwell Allen; a son, William Michael Allen, a daughter, Rhonda Toler and her husband, Donald, and two granddaughters, Andrea and Allison Toler, all of Baileysville; six sisters, Bessie Omer of Spokane, Wash., Mary Short of Clearfork, Mildred Prater of Ashland, Ky., and Georgia Mitchell, Garnette Hatfield and Joyce Vance, all of Baileysville; and a brother, Arnold Allen of Clearwater, Fla. There will be a private family memorial service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.
Gerene Y. Allen
OAK HILL - Gerene Yvette Allen, 62, of 4 Lynwood Drive, died 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Hilltop Care Center, Oak Hill, following a long illness. Born May 12, 1938, in Keweenaw County, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Theodore J. and Marguerite O'Brien Sampson. Mrs. Allen was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Hinton. She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald L. Sampson. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Allen; a son, Jerry G. Allen II and his wife, Michelle, of Oak Hill; three daughters, Denise and husband, Larry Bennett of Hinton, Shelly and husband, Jeff Maxwell of Newport, Vt., and Lori Allen of Oak Hill; three brothers, Theodore M. Sampson of Renton, Wash., Keith Sampson of Westland, Mich., and Gary Sampson of Dearborn, Mich.; a sister, Sherri Fitzgerald of Westland, Mich.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Patricia Mick officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.
Emory T. Allen
Emory Thomas Allen, 85, of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001, at his home following a long illness. Born Jan. 13, 1916, at Clayton, he was the son of the late William Sam-uel and Me-linda Wood-rum Allen. Mr. Allen had lived most of his life at Cool Ridge. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Allen; one grandson, James Layton Birchwell; and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Cloie Atwell Allen; a son, Roger Allen and his wife, Sharon, of Cool Ridge; four daughters, Mary Cochran and her husband, Virgil, of Cool Ridge, Linda Cochran and companion, James Taylor, of Dan-iels, Betty Birchwell and her husband, Bobby, of New York and Nedra Plumley and her husband, Barry, of Nebo, N.C.; three brothers, Gene Allen of Talcott, Sandy Allen of Union and Tom Allen of Manassas, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with the Rev. Jimmy Hornsby officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Baptist Church Cemetery at Clayton. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral parlors. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.
Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Thomas Allen
MULLENS - Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Thomas Allen, 73, of 1019 Guyandotte Ave., went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, in a Charleston Hospice Center. Born Dec. 9, 1927, in Matoaka, she was the daughter of the late Diab and Mary Ramah Thomas. Ms. Allen was a lifetime resident of Mullens, a member of St. John's Catholic Church and co-owner and operator of Thomas Grocery in Mullens for 10 years. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Amyalene Thomas and Alene Isaac, and five brothers, George R., Tommy, Amene, Salene and Wallace Thomas. Survivors include a son, Tony Allen and his wife, Jennifer of Charleston; a grandson, Justin Allen of Charleston; two sisters, Louise Perry of San Diego and Doris Newman of Arlington, Va.; and a brother, William Thomas of Orlando, Fla. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, Mullens, with Father Jack Reich officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.
Shelby W. Allen
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Shelby W. Allen, 78, formerly of Hinton, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Clare Bridge Assisted Living Facility in Asheville, N.C. He was born Sept. 10, 1922, at Hinton, the son of the late Ray and Madeline Wicker Allen. Mr. Allen graduated from Hinton High School in 1940, and attended Marshall College in Huntington. He completed the apprenticeship as machinist at Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and worked as a machinist for the C&O Railroad in Hinton from 1947 to 1953. In 1953 he and his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked for General Electric as a service engineer until his retirement in 1986. He lived in Hamilton and Fairfield, Ohio, from 1954 to 1992. He and his wife moved to Hendersonville, where he was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the G.E. Elfun Society. He served as deacon, trustee and elder in the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. His hobbies were playing golf, tennis, bridge, hiking and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joy Cales Allen; a son, Steven Allen and his wife, Barbara, of Tahlequah, Okla.; a daughter, Christine Parker and her husband, Stephen, of Monmouth Junction, N.J.; a sister, Mary Alice Phillips and her husband, Paul, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Donald Ray Allen and his wife, Myra, of Senota, Ga.; a sister-in-law, June Ames of Hinton; four grandchildren, Eric and Kerry Allen and Andrew and Nathan Parker; two aunts, Lucile Weber of Hinton and Lenore Allen of Lewisburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with the Rev. Robert Glaser, retired minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Hinton, officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Garden Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the service Tuesday at the funeral parlors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Western North Carolina Chapter of Alzheimer's Association, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, NC 28806. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.
NEW RICHMOND - Joseph Allen, 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness. Born Jan. 16, 1929, in Amigo, he was the son of the late Ashby Everette Allen and Eula Wade Dillard. Mr. Allen was a Christian and a graduate of Conley High School, West Virginia State College and the Washington, D.C., Detective School. Survivors include a brother, Clemenceau Allen of Allen Junction; a nephew, Stanley Allen of Washington, D.C.; and a host of other relatives. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, with Father Jack Reicht officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral parlor. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Rev. Virgil F Allen
The Rev. Virgil F. Allen, 89, of Coal City, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, in Oak Hill. Born Nov. 20, 1912, in Cliff-top, he was a son of the late Ben Allen and Esther Hunter Allen. Rev. Allen was a retired employee from Coal City Lumber Co. as a carpenter. He was a retired minister, having pastured at Glade Creek Missionary Baptist Church and Streeter, and was a former assistant pastor at Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church, Coal City. He was a member of Sunset Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 60 years, Gladys Marie; a son, Robert Alvin; three brothers, Sam, Robert and Bennie Allen; and two sisters, Lucille Parsons and Emly Lee Allen. Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis and Paul Parker of Bryan, Tex-as, Patricia Allen of Beckley and Marlene Loudy of Sophia; four sons and daughters-in-law, Virgil and Carol Allen of Duluth, Minn., Jim and Betty Allen of Danville, David and Donna Allen of Bristol, Tenn., and Victor and Dawn Allen of Welch; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ora Mae Warden of Stanaford, Pearl Cooper of Beckley and Mary and Bill Worley of Cool Ridge; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Coal City Community Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Family will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley
Margie M Allen
TALCOTT - Margie Mae Allen, 68, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2002, in Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hinton, following a short illness. Born May 27, 1933, at Rock Camp, she was the daughter of the late Luther I. and Ora Frances Workman Green. Mrs. Allen was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was an avid gardener who loved canning and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Adams and Myrtle Bailey; and a brother, James Green. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Gene Allen; three sons, Eddie Allen and wife, Ronda Lee, and Melvin Allen and wife, Rhonda Lynn, both of Morgantown, and Roger Allen and wife, Gerrie, of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Rita Roman and husband, Chuck, of Frankfort, Ohio, and Marlene Lanham and husband, Rick, of Martinsburg; two brothers, Archie Green of Dublin, Va., and William Rouff of Corbin, Va.; two sisters, Beatrice MacMaham of Lewisburg and Verda Knight of Rock Camp; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial will follow in the New Lebanon Church Cemetery at Pickaway. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.
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