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John Elvin Allen

August 29, 1948July 6, 2020
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Life’s Epitome John Elvin Allen 1948- 2020

JOHN ELVIN ALLEN was born on August 29th, 1948 to the joy of his proud parents, Theodore Allen Sr. and Theresa Smith Allen. The family resided in Garden City Park Community in the Historical Acres Homes area of Houston, Texas. He was the first child born into a family of four siblings: Theodore Allen Jr., Sandra Allen Rhea and Willard Allen Sr.

He attended Garden City Elementary School in Klein Independent School District. During his high school years, he went to George Washington Carver High School in Aldine ISD. In 1966, he graduated from Klein High School where he was on the baseball team.

After High School he enrolled in Blinn Jr. College in Corsicana, Texas. He joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War in 1968. During his four years in the military he was stationed aboard the USS New Orleans. During his stint in the Navy he was at one time stationed in the Philippines and Hawaii. On March 8, 1968 John united in marriage to Betty Jean Vincent. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Nikki Von Allen on August 21, 1968. Their second child, daughter Shatara Johnielle Allen was born on October 1, 1971.

Shortly after leaving the navy, John was employed by National Airlines until 1986 when they were bought out by Pan Am Airlines. He remained employed with Pan Am until 1991 when they ceased operating. During his employment with the airlines, John was a world traveler. He took his family on many trips, such as Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Paris France, London England, Hawaii, various states and other places. John had a successful second career working for JC Penny’s men’s suit department where he ultimately retired.

During his early years, he attended Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Therie Washington. He later moved his membership to Living Word Fellowship Church under the leadership of Dr. Paul Cannings. He later became a member of First Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Willard V. Allen Sr. where he faithfully served on the Usher board.

He was an avid bowler and was on several bowling teams. While employed at Pan Am Airlines, he was on their baseball team. In recent years, he enjoyed spending time as a member of the Monday morning Breakfast Club. He also loved playing dominoes, bid whist, poker and watching sports on TV. John was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Theresa Allen, along with his brother, Theodore Allen Jr.

On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Lord called John home. Left to mourn his passing are his loving daughters, Nikki and Shatara Allen. His grandson Thaddeus Allen, great grandchildren Alayna Bell and Thaddeus Allen II, his siblings Sandra Rhea and Pastor Willard Allen Sr., his sister in laws, June and Margaret Allen, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Jackie Jackson

July 13, 2020

I am reminiscing of very fond memories spent as a child with the Allen family. This was the only family that my parents had no problems with my being spending time. John was always the “boss” because he was the oldest. So I looked up to him and really admired him. I can’t remember him ever being in trouble that he may have caused. He was another big brother to me so I thought I had to behave whenever around him.
To my sadness, I won’t be able to attend the service to share in the celebration of his life. My love and prayers are with the family.

Pennie Vincent

July 11, 2020

What can I say about the Uncle who helped my fashion game! I had all the name brands growing up, thanks to him. I never had a father figure so Uncle John kinda feels like my Father too. I pray Nikki, Shatara and the rest of his family find peace and solace that he is at rest. He's with Grandmomma T now, in his mother's arms. You guys have been like family to me too. I love you all and I pray for perfect peace! John, hug Grandmomma Sally for me❤

DAPHNE SHERRARD

July 11, 2020

Uncle John was a wonderful uncle and family member to the Vincent family. We have such fond memories. He will be truly missed. We want to express our sincere condolences to your family. We are praying for your comfort and strength during this time.

Sincerely,

Doris Vincent Addison
Doug and Daphne Sherrard

The Marie Sanford family

July 10, 2020

Dear Allen family,
Our love, prayers and deepest condolences are with you now and in the months ahead. We remember John as one who was genuinely kind and quiet spirited. He loved his family dearly. Watching him joke around with his siblings was always a joy to watch. We are so grateful for the time God allowed us to be in his presence. Know we will see him again, and Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Thelma Thompson Kelly

July 10, 2020

I will always have fond memories of the Allen kids. Because we only lived one street over from the Allen kids,, the Thompson kids bonded. We attended the same schools Elementary, Middle , and High Schools. We were also in the same age ranges. John being the oldest as was my brother George, they always felt they were the oldest making them in charge of all the siblings. He always felt it was his way or no way 😀. I will miss our earthly friend. He fought until the end but we didn’t expect anything other. Will miss you John Allen. Praying for the entire Allen family. Another angel gone from Garden City Park 😢😢🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Fred and Cora Lawson

July 10, 2020

May our Lord bless and comfort the family during this time of grief. We send our deepest sympathies. May the soul of Uncle John be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
Fred and Cora Lawson

Georgia Barbin

July 9, 2020

To the loved ones of John Elvin Allen: I just received notice of your loss through Tommy Kaiser's Bearkat News letter. Please except my personal condolences, and those that I also send in behalf of the KHS Class of '66. I remember John as a polite, quiet and studious young man back in those "olden " times; one more gone from our already small class (68 in total; twelve others that we know of have also passed away.) We are saddened by his loss, and pray for your comfort, especially in the circumstances of these trying times. May your memories of him bring him sweetly back to you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Georgia Davis Barbin (Secretary/Class of '66)

Terri Foote

July 9, 2020

Nikki and Family-
With Caring Thoughts and Deepest Sympathy.

Terri Foote

Kym Foote-Smith

July 8, 2020

I still have the Pan-Am lapel pin that he gave me many years ago. One of many great memories. The Allens flying up here to Cleveland and my family flying down to Houston created some of my fondest memories.

Uncle John my heart is heavy but I take solace in knowing that you are no longer suffering and at peace....I’ll see you later.

Love, Kym

Leon & Valerie Foote

July 8, 2020

Lots of fond memories of a wonderful person.

Love, Leon & Valerie Foote

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Biography

Life’s Epitome
John Elvin Allen
1948- 2020

JOHN ELVIN ALLEN was born on August 29th, 1948 to the joy of his proud parents, Theodore Allen Sr. and Theresa Smith Allen. The family resided in Garden City Park Community in the Historical Acres Homes area of Houston, Texas. He was the first child born into a family of four siblings: Theodore Allen Jr., Sandra Allen Rhea and Willard Allen Sr.

He attended Garden City Elementary School in Klein Independent School District. During his high school years, he went to George Washington Carver High School in Aldine ISD. In 1966, he graduated from Klein High School where he was on the baseball team.

After High School he enrolled in Blinn Jr. College in Corsicana, Texas. He joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War in 1968. During his four years in the military he was stationed aboard the USS New Orleans. During his stint in the Navy he was at one time stationed in the Philippines and Hawaii.
On March 8, 1968 John united in marriage to Betty Jean Vincent. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Nikki Von Allen on August 21, 1968. Their second child, daughter Shatara Johnielle Allen was born on October 1, 1971.

Shortly after leaving the navy, John was employed by National Airlines until 1986 when they were bought out by Pan Am Airlines. He remained employed with Pan Am until 1991 when they ceased operating. During his employment with the airlines, John was a world traveler. He took his family on many trips, such as Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Paris France, London England, Hawaii, various states and other places. John had a successful second career working for JC Penny’s men’s suit department where he ultimately retired.

During his early years, he attended Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Therie Washington. He later moved his membership to Living Word Fellowship Church under the leadership of Dr. Paul Cannings. He later became a member of First Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Willard V. Allen Sr. where he faithfully served on the Usher board.

He was an avid bowler and was on several bowling teams. While employed at Pan Am Airlines, he was on their baseball team. In recent years, he enjoyed spending time as a member of the Monday morning Breakfast Club. He also loved playing dominoes, bid whist, poker and watching sports on TV.