William Horace Allen Jr.
May 16, 1933 – February 19, 2018
William Horace Allen Jr., age 84, of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away on Monday February 19, 2018. William was born May 16, 1933 in Dallas, Texas to William and Mattie Allen.
William grew up in Duncanville, Texas and graduated from Duncanville High School where he played basketball. After graduation he enlisted into the US Air Force and served 6 years. In the late 1950's while stationed in Weathersfield in the county of Essex he met Sylvia Sexton at Wheatsheaf Pub. He accidentally bumped into her sister and stepped on her sister's toe. They began dating and being the gentleman that he was, William asked Sylvia's father for his permission for her hand. They were married December 24, 1960 and settled in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1961.
William was proud of his service to his country. He enjoyed spending hours talking to his friends and neighbors about the US Air Force and England. In 1989 he retired from truck driving which left plenty of time for him to tinker around the house and with the cars. William was a caring man who enjoyed NASCAR, Dirt Car Races, visiting family and watching his grandkids play sports. He had a laid back, personable attitude that made it possible to never meet a stranger.
William is survived by his wife, Sylvia Eileen Allen; son Terry Allen; daughter-in-law Jenny Allen; son Gary Allen; daughter-in-law Karen Allen; son Jerry Allen; and daughter-in-law Susan Allen; grandchild Michael Murray, grandchild-in-law Leah Murray, grandchild Whitney Lund, grandchild-in-law Benjamine Lund, grandchild T.J. Allen, grandchild-in-law Donya Allen, grandchild Ashley Allen, grandchild Bailey Allen, grandchild Joshua Allen, grandchild William Allen, grandchild Wesley Allen, grandchild Jordan Allen and grandchild Isabella Allen.
William was preceded in death by; brother Charles Allen; brother Robert Allen; brother Earl Allen and brother Leroy Allen.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grandprairiefh.com for the Allen family.