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James Kent Allen Sr.

July 17, 1945August 25, 2021
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James Kent Allen Sr., 76, passed away Wednesday, August 25th, 2021. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 3PM Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Burial will be private for family only in Riverside Cemetery, North gate. The family will greet friends before the service at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunnels2Towers.org.

James was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late Virginia Kent Allen and George Carlton Allen, Sr. He was also predeceased by his brother George Carlton Allen Jr.

James served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. During his Navy service, he was trained as a refrigeration and HVAC mechanic, which became his lifelong occupation. He loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and a 30-year member and past president of Snakebite Hunting Club. James was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was a staunch supporter of the Constitution and the Second Amendment. He loved his country. James loved to play Texas Hold ‘em poker. Several years ago, he played in the Senior World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, placing “in the money”. He loved his family unconditionally. He never hesitated to help anyone in need. He was known as the guy who could repair anything.

James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis Williams Allen of Macon; daughter, Lisa Allen Baker (Andy) of Forsyth; son, Ken Allen of Forsyth; grandchildren, Abigail Baker, Chase Allen (Amber) and Austin Allen; great-grandchildren, Haley Allen, Asher Allen and Saylor Allen; nephews, Tony (Allen) Bennett and Scott (Allen) Bennett.

  • FAMILY

  • James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis Williams Allen of Macon; daughter, Lisa Allen Baker (Andy) of Forsyth, son, Ken Allen of Forsyth; grandchildren; Abigail Baker, Chase Allen (Amber) and Austin Allen; great-grandchildren; Haley Allen, Asher Allen and Saylor Allen; nephews; Tony (Allen) Bennett and Scott (Allen) Bennett.
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  • Tunnels2Towers.org

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Troy Carlson

September 8, 2021

I met James in 1997 when I joined the D&D hunting club. He was already a member and in about 5 years later, he and I took over the club, changed the name to "Snakebite", and continued to run the club together for 15 more years.
James had multiple back issues so he was given the nickname "Crackback". From then on, in the world of the hunting club, and to all its members over the years, he was only known as "Crackback". To this day there are members who have come and gone that never knew his given name. He didn't care though, in fact I think he preferred it that way. Hell the ones of us that knew him the longest even shortened that nickname to just "Crack".
I mentioned this so I could share with you a funny story that happened to him one time. He told me that he was in a restaurant that had a good many people there. One of the newer members walked in, saw him and called out across the room, "Hey Crack". Well you can imagine the look on everyone's faces wondering why this person was yelling the word crack out loud. I cant remember if he said Phyllis was with him or not but if she was, I can assure you that it wasn't long before that guy knew his real name. It didn't bother Crack though, he just waved back and carried on as normal.
As mentioned by others, he loved to work on things and fix them. I'm not sure how much Crack weighed, maybe 165-170 pounds. However, when he put his pants on, he had to be pushing 200. He would always carry several different types of tools, knives, nuts and bots etc. in his front pockets. I swear, unless it called for a special tool, he could probably fix most things with what was in those pockets.
He was "one of a kind". I'll miss him and think of him often. When and if I get to heaven, I'm gonna look out over all those souls there and yell " HEY CRACK". that way he'll know I made it too.
Rest easy my friend.

Cathy Land

September 3, 2021

I am at a complete loss as I try to express my thoughts of James. My heart is filled with sadness. Its an honored to have known James. We met through the light of his life, Phyllis. He loved telling how they met and how she was way out of his league but she was the prettiest woman he had ever seen and he wasn't about to give up on her! His eyes twinkled and he had that boyish grin every time he mentioned Phyllis 's name. James was selfless when it came to helping others. I can't begin to count the number of hot summer days and coldest winters he crawled under my house to repair my AC or heat. He once came home early from his deer hunting club to help me out!! I think Phyllis was behind that one! He could never say no to her! James would never take a penny for his hard work. He truly enjoyed helping others. James was indeed a good man. Phyllis, Lisa and Ken you were blessed with one of the best. ❤️

Brian Adams

September 3, 2021

Good man gone way too soon.
Prayers for healing for family and friends.

Carolyn Tomberlin

September 1, 2021

There are so many memories I could talk about in knowing James (Crack) from the hunting club, but the most important one is that he would always talk about How much he adored Phyllis and his family. My heart goes out to you Phyllis. Crack as we called him, will be greatly miss.

David Murdock

August 31, 2021

James Allen has been like family since my earliest days of being a dad. He had a heart as big as anybody I've known. His love for his family as well as mine was shown in his actions and his willingness to share what he had learned in his time on this earth. Never one to back down, always one to stand by when times were tough. I will always cherish those conversations about family and life and the respect he gave me. It meant alot coming from a man of his caliber. God rest your soul Mr. Allen , you fought the good fight and will not be forgotten. Ken, Lisa, Mrs. Allen, Chase , Austin and the rest of yall...our hearts are with you.

Brenda Carstarphen

August 31, 2021

I don't have many memories to share, but I do remember a gathering at your house where we met. He was a kind man and always had a bright smile. Phyllis, I can't imagine your pain. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Condolences

Cheryl Meadows

August 31, 2021

To Phyllis and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences as you grieve the loss of James. Anytime I would see you at the Waffle House he was always kind to those he talked and interacted with. Only those who have experienced the loss of a spouse can fully understand your heartbreak so know I will be praying God will be close to your broken heart. Cherish your memories and talk often about him to your grandchildren. His legacy will live on through them and your children.
Blessings and Prayers, Cheryl Meadows 💔

Brenda Carstarphen

August 31, 2021

I don't have any real memories except the time we had a party at your house. I do remember he was very nice and always had a bright smile. Phyllis, I can't begin to imagine your pain. Our prayers are with you and all family and friends.

Anita Wilder

August 31, 2021

What memories were made with James and Phyllis! As someone might say, tried & true all the way...RIP my friend...

Randy Wiggins

August 31, 2021

I first met James in 1983 when I went to work for Conditioned Air. James carried his tools in a 5.56mm ammo can. He would just open it up and dump everything out on the deck where he was working. I am remembering him answer me with something like, every $#@* thing I need is in the *^#$ bottom, I may as well dump it all out. It wasn't long after that James and I became friends. James was a Vietnam Navy Veteran and I’m a Vietnam Marine Veteran. We sure had some good times around many campfires passing insults between Squid and Jarhead. My apologies to all that was with us for having to laugh so much. James was always true to his beliefs. If anything was on his mind, most likely it would end up on his tongue. I remember James as a kindhearted warrior. There is no length he wouldn’t go to help a friend or defend one.

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Biography

James Kent Allen Sr., 76, passed away Wednesday, August 25th, 2021. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 3PM Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Burial will be private for family only in Riverside Cemetery, North gate. The family will greet friends before the service at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunnels2Towers.org.
James was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late Virginia Kent Allen and George Carlton Allen, Sr. He was also predeceased by his brother George Carlton Allen Jr.
James served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. During his Navy service, he was trained as a refrigeration and HVAC mechanic, which became his lifelong occupation. He loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and a 30-year member and past president of Snakebite Hunting Club. James was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was a staunch supporter of the Constitution and the Second Amendment. He loved his country. James loved to play Texas Hold ‘em poker. Several years ago, he played in the Senior World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, placing “in the money”. He loved his family unconditionally. He never hesitated to help anyone in need. He was known as the guy who could repair anything.
James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis Williams Allen of Macon; daughter, Lisa Allen Baker (Andy) of Forsyth, son, Ken Allen of Forsyth; grandchildren; Abigail Baker, Chase Allen (Amber) and Austin Allen; great-grandchildren; Haley Allen, Asher Allen and Saylor Allen; nephews; Tony (Allen) Bennett and Scott (Allen) Bennett.