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Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Allen Lanny Brace

January 17, 1955September 2, 2019
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Allen “Lanny” Brace age 64 of Knoxville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior September 2, 2019. He was a member of Walridge Baptist Church, an Army Veteran and was employed for 34 years with the US Navy Department of Defense. Preceded in death by parents, Frederick and Harriet Brace and brother, Frederick, Jr. Survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Cathy Brace; sons, Christopher (Shelly) Brace and Paul (Shelly) Brace; grandchildren, Kymberly, Aaron, Ryan, Jubilee and Thomas; brothers, Michael (Corky), Steven (Wendy) and Shawn (Peggy) Brace; sisters, Donna (John) Barnard, Kathryn (Gary) Hoagland, Lorena (Lowell) Cummings and Shelly (Bob) Moore; numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 2-4 pm Sunday at Walridge Baptist Church with the service to follow at 4 pm. Pastor Toby Webber officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11:15 am Monday at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for an 11:30 am interment. www.weaverfuneralservices.com. Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921

  • FAMILY

  • Cathy Brace, Wife
  • Christopher Brace, Son
  • Paul Brace, Son
  • Kimberly Brace, Grandchild
  • Aaron Brace, Grandchild
  • Ryan Brace, Grandchild
  • Jubilee Brace, Grandchild
  • Thomas Brace, Grandchild
  • Michael Brace, Brother
  • Steven Brace, Brother
  • Shawn Brace, Brother
  • Donna Barnard, Sister
  • Kathryn Hoagland, Sister
  • Lorena Cummings, Sister
  • Shelly Moore, Sister
  • Frederick Brace, Father (deceased)
  • Harriet Brace, Mother (deceased)
  • Frederick Brace Jr., Brother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, September 9, 2019

Memories

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Bill Gettys

September 12, 2019

On behalf of The Gettys Family (Formerly of Tyrone, NY), you have our most sincere condolences.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”

Psalm 116:15

Daniel Duna

September 9, 2019

Alan was truly, a salt of the earth type of guy, who was kindhearted and friendly to everyone he met. When I worked at the same market as his wife Cathy back in the '80's, Alan would come in and help me out with my daily work duties with out me asking. He was that kind of man. Prayers to Cathy, the family and friends of the Braces. May God bless all of you and help you through this time of sorrow and mourning . Peace to all of you.

Christina Veysey

September 8, 2019

I am forever grateful for Allen and his life. I'm only sorry we didn't meet sooner. He was a great man, who was pivotal in leading my husband back to a church life . As Christians we may not agree on everything, but we agree that Jesus is the way and the life. Allen knew where he was going and had no doubt. Even in the face of an incredibly difficult situation, he genuinely showed his Love for God, his family, friends and his Country. God Speed Allen, may your journey be everything you dreamed of.

Brenda Swarthout Campbell

September 6, 2019

Have many great memories of summer afternoons spent playing baseball in the ball field behind one of the local general stores with Lanny and his brothers when we were kids . A great guy gone to soon.

Richard Gebo

September 6, 2019

Please accept our Sincere Condolences For the Loss of Your
Brother. Prayers and Condolences are also being sent to Your
Entire Family. May God Bless You All!!

Dick & Sylvia Gebo

Toby Webber

September 5, 2019

It took me seven years of pastoring before I selected my first deacons for nomination. The two men God gave my heart to were unquestionably the right men for the job. One of those men is Al Brace. Al exhibited an unblemished testimony, an unwavering commitment to the Lord, his family and his church and an unparalleled love for His Saviour. He and Cathy are two of the most genuine and precious people I have ever had the high honor of not only knowing, but pastoring. Only eternity and our sweet reunion at the Saviour's feet will heal the hurt and banish the loss we feel at this moment. Armed with the comfort of the Holy Ghost and the hope of Heaven we are committed to pass the time of our sojourning here with the same joy, devotion and integrity that Al did. We miss you immensely and look forward to seeing you again soon. Praying for Cathy, the kids and the grandkids.
- Toby & Leah Webber

Julie Marie Guzman

September 5, 2019

I will always be grateful for the life long friendship I have in Allen and Cathy. I will be United forever when I get home with my friends and loved ones. They kept my three children when I had to have emergency surgery on my gallbladder in 96 when we all lived in Texas and worshiped together at Brother John Bryant's church in Portland. I can never repay Cathy but I love her like my sister.

Rita Jones

September 5, 2019

My late husband, Floyd Jones, worked with Allen in Ingleside, TX. We were proud to know him and Cathy. He was a hard-working Christian man who loved his family. My condolences to Cathy and the family. RIP, Allen.

Brenda Baldwin

September 4, 2019

Allen Brace was a rare human being. He was a dedicated husband, father and friend. He worshipped God with every breath he took.
We have known Allen and Cathy since he and my husband Dennis worked at North Bank Terminal in Ingleside Texas.
We all quickly became friends and have remained so even after the office in Ingleside was closed.
He and Cathy made trips to San Diego from time to time.
Allen was like the big brother for everyone. He was always willing to help a friend or a stranger for that matter, in need.
He was also a very proud Grandpa. When he talked about his grandchildren, his face would just light up.
He was an amazing person and he loved his family more than life.
I know he is sharing his stories of them with his friends and family in Heaven.
RIP Allen Brace, I am so grateful we all shared time on this earth, and someday we will all be together again, by the grace of God.
Cathy, Christopher, Paul and all of the rest of his loving family, may God hold you in His loving care.

James Bacot

September 4, 2019

Alan was a coworker of mine at the Navy base in Panama city Florida. He was a devout Christian who lived what he preached and it was obvious to those around him. He will be greatly missed. I know where Alan is tonight. No doubt in my mind.

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Biography

      To Allen Lanny Brace, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Allen, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Allen really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Allen was born on January 17, 1955 at Pen Yan Memorial Hospital in Pen Yan, New York. His parents were Fred and Harriet Brace. Allen was raised in Tyrone, New York. Even as a child, Allen had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Allen was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Allen managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Allen was raised with eight siblings. He had three older sisters, Donna, Kathy and Lorrie; one older brother, Rusty; three younger brothers, Mike, Steve, Shawn, and one younger sister, Shelly.

      All of Allen's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Allen experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in baseball, basketball and track. In his spare time he liked building model cars and sports.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Allen was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Allen simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Allen, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Allen's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Allen graduated from Dundee High School in 1973. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was physical education.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Allen very easy to approach. On February 5, 1977 Allen exchanged wedding vows with Cathy Lynn Ordonia at Colonial Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Allen related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Allen was blessed with two children; sons, Christopher and Paul. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Kymberly, Aaron, Ryan, Jubilee and Thomas. Allen had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Allen's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Allen had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Allen was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Allen liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Allen was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Allen's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Allen as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was engineering technician for the U.S. Navy. He was employed with the U.S. Army and retired after 34 years of service with the Department of Defense for the U.S. Navy.

      Allen was an Army veteran. He was stationed at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and West Point, New York. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Spec. 5. He received several awards including a Good Conduct Medal and Expert Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar M-16.

      Allen enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Allen liked creating and making things. His favorite hobbies were watching stock car racing. Allen was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Allen felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Allen loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Allen relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Allen never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Allen played basketball. Recreational sports included softball, basketball and golf. Allen was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college football, golf and basketball.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Allen recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a current member of Walridge Baptist Church for 4 years and formerly at Grace Baptist in Panama City, Florida and Portland , Texas and Colonial Baptist in Williamsburg, Virginia. During that time, he was a Deacon at Walridge Baptist Church and worked in the children's ministry.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Allen just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included trips to San Diego.

      Allen was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Allen's favorites was Lobo, a German Shepherd-Collie mix. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs, Daisy and Monster and cats, Ginger and Rupert.

      Allen believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2015, Allen took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Panama City, Florida. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Allen remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in having more time for church activities, golfing and working part time as he needed to be busy. Even in retirement, Allen continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Allen passed away on September 2, 2019 at home. He battled ALS. He is survived by wife, Cathy; sons, Christopher and Paul; seven brothers and sisters, Donna, Kathy, Lorrie, Shelly, Mike, Steve and Shawn. Services were held at Walridge Baptist Church. Allen was laid to rest in East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

      Allen brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Allen Lanny Brace lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.