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Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX

OBITUARY

James Dan Allen

January 6, 1934September 7, 2019
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James Dan Allen of Merkel passed away September 7, 2019, in Cypress at the age of 85. He was born January 6, 1934, in Garrison to parents Thomas E. Allen and Alta L. (Potts) Allen.

Dan graduated from Nacogdoches High School where he was quarterback of the football team, played basketball, and was a member of the Honor Society and the school band. After high school, Dan joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for over 27 years and was a Vietnam Veteran. After retirement from the Air Force, he became a Rural Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service.

Mr. Allen was very involved in his children’s lives and activities. He was a community leader who was active in The Lion’s Club and his local Booster Club. He would serve as the announcer during sports events, utilizing his loud voice for all to hear. He was a member of Merkel First United Methodist Church and served as choir director and Sunday School teacher. He also enjoyed singing, golf, and coaching little league.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 67 years, Anita Spradley Allen; son, James Michael Allen and wife Rhonda; daughters, Dianne (Allen) Smith, Sharon Allen Edwards and husband Tim, and Leigh Anne Allen; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Bro. Ty Spradley. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Merkel First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Charles & Elaine Daniel

September 18, 2019

Diane &family,

So sorry for your loss Dad’s are so special.
Our prayers are with you.

Charles and Elaine Daniel

Sharon Edwards

September 17, 2019

Cynthia Donathan

September 13, 2019

Hello all,

I haven’t seen Dan in years, but he will always be special to me. His service to the Merkel Methodist Church was exceptional. He and my mother, Jane Wade, made some beautiful music that blessed a lot of people.

God bless you all! As an aside, while I looked at the pictures provided of the young Dan, I saw a young Mike Allen whom I love. How blessed you and your family were to have Dan as a Dad!

BECKY (Spann) Dorough

September 12, 2019

So sorry to hear about your loss. Seems like only yesterday we were having lay witness meetings all over Texas and how your family was involved with presenting God’s powerful message through sharing your everyday life with your community and beyond. Mr. Allen lead a full life and one I will remember. My mom, Nancy (Spann) died this year so I know what a hole it can leave in each of our lives. But know they are cheering us on from the grandstands wanting each of us to finish the good race! May you feel the presence of God in the next coming months. May He give you comfort and peace. May you learn to lean on each other and draw strength from each other until your heart begins to heal.
May God Continue to Bless you and Keep You,
Becky (Spann) Dorough

Grace Ann McGinnis

September 11, 2019

I’m sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family.

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