Joe Earl Allen

September 28, 1928June 5, 2018

Joe Earl Allen, 89, of Bryan, Texas, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 28, 1928, in Sulligent, AL, to Walter Bailey and Tommie Lee Allen. He attended Lamar County High School and received a BS in geology from the University of Alabama. He proudly served in both the Navy (1947 – 1950) and the Army (1953 – 1954.) He was employed by Exxon (Humble Oil and Esso) from 1953 until he retired in 1986. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Bryan, and volunteered his free time by passing out Bibles for Gideons International. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Anne Young of Vernon, AL, and his son Michael Allen of Costa Rica. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Price Allen, daughters Barbara Scamardo of Bryan, TX, and Jane Carrier and husband Gary of Rowlett, TX, his grandchildren Leah Scamardo Vernon and husband Donnie of Bryan, TX, Michael Bond of Houston, TX, Lara Scamardo Neal and husband Clint of Boerne, TX and Thomas Bond of Houston, TX and his three great grandchildren Jace Vernon, Garrett Vernon, and Sophia Bond. He is also survived by his nephews Paul Young, Jr. Bob Young, and niece Lee Anne Montgomery, all of Vernon, AL. All services for Mr. Allen will be held Saturday, June 9th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, TX. Visitation begins at 1pm with services immediately following at 2pm. Dr. Tim Owens will officiate. There will not be a graveside service. Honorary pallbearers are OE Clark, Harvey McFalls, George McBee, Jim White, Jim Jackson, and Bill Wiman all from First Baptist. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Gideons International for the purchase of Bibles.


  • VISITATION Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Joe Ullrich

June 12, 2018

Betty, Barbara, and Jane, I wanted to offer my condolences from myself, my parents, my brothers John and Jeff, and their families to you all and your family for the passing of Joe. As you all know, I had grown up from 1975 until around 1992 living next to Joe and Betty in River Plantation, near Conroe. I had heard interesting stories from Joe. One of them that had fascinated me was the story of the innocent African-American man who was executed in Florence, Alabama or Russellville, Alabama. Joe had told me the innocent gentleman's image was permanently displayed on a glass window of the courthouse in the town where he had been killed. Joe had told me about the window being changed for another one. However, the man's image had remained, as if it was a reminder of the mistake that had been made by the town.

Joe was our snake man. One time, when I still had my ducks, which were in our backyard, in May of 1986, we had a heavy rain. We had noticed several ducklings had gone missing over the previous month or so. Dad had turned the porch light on, and there was a four-and-a-half foot dark-colored snake on our patio. Well, dad had called Joe to come over and look at the snake, but dad had gone ahead and killed the snake. Joe had called it a chicken snake. I don't know the actual species of it, but we think it was the culprit for the missing ducklings. I remember sometime during my time of having ducks, Joe had given one of his grandchildren a feather from one of the ducks.

I also remember Joe was a fan of the 1983 country hit song called "Jose Cuervo" by Shelly West. I can remember Joe having a self-propelled red-colored lawnmower. I can't leave out Snoopy the dachshund, either. Joe and Betty had given me a classic Sony stereo turntable system. That was a neat system. I believe we still have it. I wish I could visit with him some more. I give my best wishes to you all. God Bless.
Joe Ullrich
Lubbock, Texas