John Sherman Allen Sr.

May 5, 1923March 20, 2021

John Sherman Allen, Sr., age 98, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021 after several months of declining health. He passed away peacefully at Asbury Place in Maryville, Tn.

He is well known in East and West Knoxville as the Manager then Owner of Poll Parrot then Allen’s Shoe Store from the early 50s until he retired in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Louise Allen; parents, Harry C. Allen and Ola Ann Allen Hamilton; brothers, James Allen and Mark Allen; sisters, Ella Mae Carrigan and Marie McCroskey.

John is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John S. Allen, Jr. and Brenda Allen; sisters, Burnice De Simone and June Terry; brother, Bill Allen; beloved granddaughter, Paige Allen; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Allen family.


  • John S. Allen, Jr., Son
  • Brenda Allen, Daughter-in-law
  • Paige Allen, Granddaughter
  • Burnice De Simone, Sister
  • June Terry, Sister
  • Bill Allen, Brother
  • Louise Allen, Wife (deceased)
  • Ola Ann Allen Hamilton, Mother (deceased)
  • Harry C. Allen, Father (deceased)
  • James Allen, Brother (deceased)
  • Mark Allen, Brother (deceased)
  • Ella Mae Carrigan, Sister (deceased)
  • Marie McCroskey, Sister (deceased)


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Janice Godfrey

March 23, 2021

I'm so sorry to learn of Johnny's death. He was a dear man and was close to his sister Ella Mae Allen Carrigan, my mother. I remember going to his shoe store and visiting the family as a small child. My mother admired and loved him and was very proud of all that he accomplished. Before she died I took mom to visit him at his home. He proudly showed us all the lovely Lenten roses that he had planted. My deepest sympathy to his son and family. Sincerely, Janice Carrigan Godfrey.

Cora Headrick-Mitchell

March 23, 2021

John, Brenda, and Paige-

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of the family in my prayers.



March 22, 2021

The previous post has a picture of Uncle Johnny with my mother, Jane Allen, widow of James R Allen the older brother to Uncle Johnny. Sorry if this caused any confusion.


March 22, 2021

Uncle Johnny was my Daddy's baby brother and 3rd of 8 children by my grandparents Poppy and Grandmother Hamilton as we called her. Uncle Johnny was quite a man. He was funny and most lovable to his family and all that included. I will miss him dearly. RIP Uncle Johnny and I'm glad you and Aunt Louise are finally reunited.