Grady Clay Allen Sr.

June 9, 1921February 21, 2011

HICKORY- Grady Clay Allen, Sr., 89, passed away February 21, 2011 after a brief illness.

Grady was born June 9, 1921 in Catawba Co. to the late William Avery and Zora Griffey Allen. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mae Laws Allen, daughter: Barbara Ann Taylor, sons: Thomas William Allen, Grady Clay Allen, Jr and baby Allen, brothers: Burl Allen, Eugene Allen and John Clarence Allen and a sister: Mae Allen Arney.

Grady was a member of Moriah Baptist Church where he was chairman of the deacons and a veteran of US Navy during WW II stationed at Pearl Harbor, member of VFW and American Legions Post #48. He was retired from Guy Fry & Sons Contractors. Grady helped build 6 local churches, Moriah Baptist Church and Faith Olive Baptist Church. Over saw building of the Siecor Building and numerous projects in the Unifour area.

Surviving are a daughter: Dale Allen Williams of Hickory, a son: Paul David Allen and wife, Dianne of Hickory and a brother: Bobby Allen and wife, Faye of Granite Falls, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 19 great great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, February 25, at 4:00 P. M. at Moriah Baptist Church with the Reverends Bill Ashe and David Crump officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #48 with inurnment in Brookford City Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 P. M. at Hickory Funeral Home.

Condolences may be made online at

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 25, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, February 24, 2011

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April 24, 2011

I am a long lost releative of the family and I come into the Allen family via my ggg Aunt Zora Griffey whoes father was Leander Horton Griffey. My email address is: My name is Clyde L Griffey and my wife's name is Cecilia P-N Griffey. We know that Grady Clay allen Sr has only put his body down in this world, however wwe will all be reunited with him in the Kingdom of Our Father which is in Heaven. Our prayers go out to all of the family, friends, loved ones, and any one who was releated to him even those in teh military. May God Bless Him and all who knew him. God Be With YOu Till We Meet Again. All of our love.

Crystal Rhoney

March 12, 2011

Dale and Family, Just found out a couple days ago about Grady. So sorry for your loss. It is never an easy thing to go through but what helped me when Patti passed away was knowing she was ready and knowing where she went. They are okay, we are just left here to miss them til we see them again. Grady is an angel in heaven and back with Gladys, I hope that brings you some peace and comfort.

Donna Price Nichols

February 26, 2011

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. Special memories from Gladys and Gradys home growing up

Doreen Crawford

February 24, 2011

Dale and Paul and family sorry for your loss. Grady was a very special man. I remember going to his and Gladys house on Sundays. They are very special people and Grady will be missed alot. You will be in our thought's and prayer's.

dusty morgan

February 24, 2011

dear dale and paul and rest of family i remember comming to your house with uncle johnny and mary and grady gave me some rocks at that time i loved to pan for gems grady taught me some things about his panning . will always have a place in my heart for him. god bless you . we all know he is with the lord and your mom.

gloria price huffman

February 24, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Mildred Fulbright

February 24, 2011

Dear Paul , Dianne and kids I am sorry for your loss. He has gone to a good place and to be with all the rest. Love you all Mil and David

Robin Hudspeth

February 24, 2011

Dear Dale & Family... Im so sorry for your loss Grady was such a wonderful loving man and loved all of you so much. I will always cherish the memories I had growing up with him & Gladys I had such a wonderful childhood with both of them. Hes a Angel of God now and will forever be with you in your hearts, your Guardian Angel and all the cherished memories you were blessed to be able to share with him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God Bless You All.

February 23, 2011

Dale and family, So sorry for your loss. May God comfort each of you in this time of sorrow. Heaven just received another angel!

Susie Young

tommy kerley

February 23, 2011

Grady was a wonderful father,grandfather,and great grandfather.I know you all will miss him always.