Virginia Dye Allen

August 18, 1930January 7, 2013
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Virginia Dye Allen, 82, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013. Virginia was born August 18, 1930, in Pleasant Hill, MS. She was a secretary at Park Avenue Baptist Church, Broadway Baptist Church, and McDonald Brothers. In her second career, Virginia was an accomplished sales professional with US Office Products for over 20 years until she retired in 2001. After retirement, she worked for Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce promoting the community she cherished. She made many friends, touched many lives, and dearly loved her work at the Chamber. She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star, loved ballroom dancing, hummingbirds, living in the country, and was a true southern lady. Her passion was preserving and passing on family heritage and community history. She loved the Lord, was a wonderful mom, “Granny” to many, and an inspiration to everyone she met. She attended both Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and New Prospect Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Barry Reynolds Allen, her mother, Lola Stewart Dye, her father, Thomas Owen Dye, her brother, Thomas L. Dye, and a sister, Barbara D. Crocker. She is survived by a sister, Rubye Anglin, of Hernando, MS , a daughter, Jacquelyn A. Reinhardt (Fred) of Taylors, SC, a son, Dennis W. Allen (Leah) of Bartlett, TN, seven grandchildren: Fred W. Reinhardt, (Michelle), Brian A. Reinhardt (Amanda), Nicholas B. Reinhardt (Caroline), Lauren A. Germany (Lee), Lee R. Allen (Jennifer), Craig T. Allen (Amber), Blake J. Allen, and, nine great-grandchildren: Gabe, Liam, Corrie, Analise, Owen, Hannah, Martha, Ryan, and Luke. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 10, 5-8 pm at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, MS. Funeral service will be Friday, January 11, at 11 am at Brantley as well. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Judy Fisher Endowed Scholarship Fund, Abilene Christian University Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, TX 79699-9132,


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2013

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Jerri Price

January 17, 2013

I will miss talking to you! Say hello to my Dad up there! He was like you and never met a stranger!

Virginia Allen

January 16, 2013

January 12, 2013

Heaven has gained an angel and we a re left with many happy memories of our "southern belle" friend.
we are all grateful that we had you in our lives when we came to visit Graceland and met you so many years ago.
deeply saddened but will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Until we meet again.
RIP,sweet Virginia

Jeanette+ John , Pat,Sally,Marina,Ann, Kathy ( UK)
thoughts and parayers to family at this sad time

Dixie Leigh Barron

January 11, 2013

I just learned of Miss Virginia's passing today. My condolences go out to the family and friends of the grandest of the Southern ladies. Miss Virginia was a rarity. No matter what she faced, she saw not only her glass as half full, but running over. She loved life, laughter, and had a good time no matter where she was or what she was doing. She leaves that as her legacy to all that she knew. Her style and joy in life was infectious. She will be missed by all who knew her and whose paths crossed hers. Virginia was one of my favorite people on the planet and I will certainly miss her, but I am blessed to say that I have terrific memories & great stories that she shared with me in the years that I knew her! I feel blessed to have known her and will always think of her with a smile, because she always wore one as her "calling card."

Delores Leek

January 11, 2013

My condolences to the family. Ms. Virginia was a sweet friend, and she will be missed. I loved her stories about growing up with my dad, James Edward Vaughn- and the fun they had as children. I very much admired her.
Delores (Vaughn) Leek

Jerri Price

January 11, 2013

I worked for a time with Virginia. I admired her love for life, a great people person, her love for antiques and her home in the Country, and her love for her family. She had a gift of making you feel special each time you spoke with her. I will miss talking with her but I know she is dancing in Heaven. I pray God will comfort Virginia's family at this time.

Dale and Libby Bledsoe Darby

January 11, 2013

Dear Dennis and Leah - We continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers during this time of loss. Your mother was a beautiful, strong, genteel Southern Lady in every sense of the word. She was a special person to all she encountered. We will miss her warm, generous, loving smile and her pound cake! She was a second mother to us as we grew up. I know she wanted to beat the fire out of us sometimes, but she always ending up laughing at our antics!! What a Blessing she was to everyone that crossed her path.

Cheryl Dean

January 10, 2013

Miss Virginia was truly a wonderful lady. She was my sales person during her Arrow/USOP days. She loved family so much, and always had time for us to discuss ours after we "took care of business". My family eventually moved to Olive Branch and I would run into her at various places around town, and we would still stop and have those conversations. She loved working for the Chamber and was such an ambassador for the city. My prayers are with you all.

January 10, 2013

Jacque, Dennis and Families,
So sorry to hear about your mom. I have some precious memories of her back when we were teenagers. May God comfort all of you at this time.
Pat(Trentham) Lewallen

Deborah Reinhardt

January 10, 2013

Sorry I can't be there, but my thoughts and prayers have been with you all week. I am so glad to have known Granny and spend time with her. I learned alot about southern charm and history. I can still picture her dancing the night away. Rest in peace, my "Strawberry Cake Queen"