Graham A. Allen

April 23, 1926August 25, 2011

Graham was born April 23, 1926 in Demopolis, Alabama, the only son of Willie and Clara Allen. He passed away Thursday August 25, 2011 age 85. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Victoria, son Larrie C., mother Clara V., father, Willie C. and sister Susan Tarrant. Graham is survived by his daughters Tina (Henry) Grayson, Clara (Del) Bacon, and Karen L. Allen. Grandchildren Alan (Anne) Grayson, Catherine (Avis) Roper, G. Adair, Kameron and Michael Allen, great grandchildren Miles and Kendall Grayson, Grayson and Sydney Roper and A’myia Allen, sisters Ella Mae Mims, Doris Gooden, Leatrice Chapman and Marian Andrews, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Graham retired from the U.S. Navy in 1956 and ultimately settled in Jackson, Michigan with his family after a short stay in Detroit, Michigan. In April 1989, he retired after more than 30 years of service with the Michigan Department of Corrections as the Director of Food Services. Graham was an active member of Civitan International and Cornerstone Christian Church. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #246 (Sauk Trail). Funeral services will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church 2395 W. High St. Jackson, Thursday September 1, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Michael Mason officiating. Burial Woodland Cemetery. Viewing at the funeral home Wednesday 2-8 P.M. and family hour Thursday 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Arbor Woods Assisted Living for their kindness and compassion.

Patience-Montgomery Funeral Home 406 First Street Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 782-0591


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 31, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, September 1, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Wilma Hopson - Sykes

November 3, 2011

Dear Clara, Tina and Karen - I said a prayer for you today in hopes you're doing well. Your family is near and dear to my heart and I love each of you.

I'm praying that you will know God's peace. Feel God's love. Trust in God's hope. Experience God's joy and rest in God's patience.

Blessings now and always.

Marion Chapman

September 8, 2011

i will miss my cousin as i miss everyone so lets stay in touch

Virginia (Gingie) Lyons

September 4, 2011

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Carl Thomas

September 1, 2011

Heaven And Earth

When the warmth of the sun touches my face,
I see your smile and feel your embrace.
I hear the whisper of love in the wind
And I know that you are close to me again
The rain speaks of tears and the thunder of pain,
But soon the sun comes the earth to reclaim.
As the days come and go and the world moves on,
I know you're still here, you'll never be gone.
On the night the Angel came and took your hand,
We cried as you left for an unknown land.
But Heaven rejoiced as you came into sight,
For your soul was a diamond, shining so bright!

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Joanne Muhammad,Beulah Thomas and Carl Thomas


September 1, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Ruben walton

September 1, 2011

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Jacquelyn Donald

September 1, 2011

I'm so sorry for your lost, just know that he's at peace with the rest of the family and god and that he's watching over you all, down here on earth. May give you all strength to move on and that he's in a better place.

Love From: Donald Family

James and Janice Sweet Fairley

August 31, 2011

Greetings and peace to the family;

It was always a pleasure to see Mr. Allen anytime he was around. He had a pleasant smile and a great attitude. While we know this is a painful place to be right now, we trust that the comfort you find in your pleasant memories will sustain you through this time of bereavement. Love and prayers,

Crystal Powell and Family

August 31, 2011

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Karla Hair

August 31, 2011

I worked with Graham at the Camp Program for many years. He was a wonderful man & I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed. May you be comforted by the many good memories of him. You have my deepest sympathy.