James Johnson Allen

July 6, 1928November 26, 2010

James J. “Jimmy” Allen July 6, 1928 – November 26, 2010

James Johnson Allen of Apex and formerly of Laurinburg, NC, died peacefully Friday morning.

A native of Richmond County, he was the son of the late Henry Thomas Allen and Vera Thomas Allen. Jimmy served in the US Navy aboard the air craft carriers USS Leyte and the USS Philipine Sea. On one of his assignments, he sailed to the South Pole with Admiral Richard E. Byrd. He retired from then Sears and Roebuck as a repairman after more than 25 years service. Jimmy was known far and wide for his ability to repair anything. His greater skill was his quick smile and funny storytelling. His family will treasure his memory and the happy times when he had everyone “in stitches”.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Christine Turner Allen of Apex; daughter Joyce Westerman of Williamsburg, VA; son James J. Allen of Raleigh, NC; brothers Eugene Allen of Liberty, NC; Ben Allen of Ellerbe, NC; Bruce Allen and Steve Allen of Rockingham; sister Marice Covington of Rockingham, NC; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, the late Thomas Allen of Rockingham, NC and grandson, James Gregory Allen of Raleigh, NC.

A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 11:00 am at Apex United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St., Apex, NC 27502.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Apex United Methodist Church or Amedisys Hospice Services, 220 New Fidelity Court, Garner, NC 27529.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Ellen Jones

December 1, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Allen were our backdoor neighbors in Highland Park. On several occasions, Mr. Allen would walk through the back yard to repair an appliance - mostly our old washer! Our children were very young and he was always so patient with them. His pleasant smile and easy-going manner were his trademarks. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Ellen and Dan Jones, Mt. Gilead (formerly of Laurinburg)

Deborah Harris

November 30, 2010

Christine & Family,

Thinking of you as you go though this sad and difficult time. Christine, I will not be able to attend the service, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many, especially you, but now he is at peace and in a better place.

With Sympathy,

John Slaughter

November 30, 2010

I remember one time that the refrigerator needed a new gasket. Dad had talked to Mr Allen. Dad said James Allen told me to do it this way. Well we started putting that gasket on and tried and tried and couldn't get it right. I believe dad thought that since i was college educated that i could help him figure it out. Well after about an hour or so he said I think i better call James. and he did.

John Slaughter

November 30, 2010

I remember mr. Allen coming to the house and doing some repairs for our family. My father ( John Slaughter) used to really enjoy his company and they would talk whenever they saw each other. Mr Allen was a fine man and is missed. John Slaughter

Gurney & Pat Chappell

November 29, 2010

So sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of Jimmy.