Louis "Jack" Allen

April 11, 1927August 18, 2011

Louis "Jack" Allen, 84, of Lufkin passed away August 18, 2011. He was born in Cromwell, Kentucky on April 11, 1927 to Manassie (Rains) and Louis Jackson Allen, Sr. Jack enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. He was a veteran of both WW II and the Korean War. As a naval photographer, he witnessed many historical events through the lens of a camera. Of the more notable events, he took reconnaissance photos during the Cuban Revolution and the Bay of Pigs and he served as the lead photographer when the USS INTREPID recovered the first Gemini two-man space capsule. His Gemini photos appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. He retired to Lufkin after 22 years of service in the Navy and opened Photo World Photography, which he owned and operated for 15 years, retiring again in 1981. Jack loved to travel. He spent time traveling through all 50 states just to enjoy the beautiful country that he loved so much. In his spare time, he converted Silver Eagle motor coaches into luxury motor homes. He was a member of the Bible Survey Class at Denman Avenue Baptist Church. Jack is survived by his wife, Lou Allen of Lufkin; daughter, Linda Murray and her husband Brad of Keller, TX; son, Jimmie Allen and his wife Annie of Sequin, TX; son, Larry Allen of Tarpley, TX; and daughter, Martha Miles and her husband David of Lufkin, TX; grandchildren, Dr. Tonya Ferguson, Casey Millspaugh, Brian Phelps, Keith Phelps, Kristy Fancher, Amy Landon, Whitney Allen, Pari Allen, Caitlin Allen, Rene Rangel, Nicollette Gibson and Brandon Gibson; a very special great-grandson, Kayden Ferguson; 5 other great-grandchildren; and niece, Barbara Allen of Wooster, Ohio. Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Services for Mr. Allen will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Denman Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Charles Roberts officiating. The Bible Survey Class will serve as honorary attendants. The family will receive friends at 2:00 p.m., August 28, 2011 at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Allen's memory may be made to Denman Avenue Baptist Church Youth Scholarship Fund, 1807 E. Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901. Condolences may be offered at Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home



  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Manal and Maher Moussa

October 2, 2011

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It's very hard to lose a loved one, but when God calls his lamb and the lamb knows his voice then the lamb follows him. Our prayers and condolences to your and all your family. GOD BLESS YOU.

Deena Ferguson

October 2, 2011

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lily L'Esperance

September 28, 2011

Linda, sending our hearfelt condolences in the loss of your father. Our prayers and thoughts go to you, not knowing exactly what to say to help. You and your family are in our hearts and we send comforting thoughts your way. We know you had a special bond with him and hope the fond memories will ease the sadness of this time.

Special Friend

September 20, 2011

You touched my life in ways that I will never be able to explain. Thank you for setting such a great example of what a good and honorable man should be. You are loved and will be greatly missed.

Sandra Hager

September 16, 2011

Dear Aunt Louise...I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Jack.....My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know you are absolutely lost without him-my prayer for you is that God will send Jesus, the great comforter to hold your hand and walk beside you until you and Jack meet again and stroll over heaven together.
Sincerely yours,
Bill & Sandra Hager
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and is a diserner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Casey Millspaugh

September 7, 2011

I will forever miss you Grandad. I will always think of you throughout my life and I know that one day I will see you again. RIP grandad I love you.

Julie Cantrell

September 2, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.

Terry Colston

August 31, 2011

So sorry for your loss, all of you are in my prayers. Enjoyed all the visits with yall at Charlie's. Very special times.

Larry Mizell

August 29, 2011

Sorry to hear Lou of your loss. We have fond remembrances of you'll.
We hope to see you in September.
Larry and Diane Mizell

Kent & Elita McRae

August 28, 2011

Linda & Family, We are thinking of you all today and continuing to pray for you. We are always here for you. Love, Kent & Elita McRae