Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA


Herman Lanier Allen

January 19, 1924March 20, 2020

Herman Lanier Allen, born January 19, 1924 in Richmond, VA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Richmond Professional Institute (RPI now VCU) and retired as a transportation specialist with CSX Railroad. He was a member of Carlisle Avenue Baptist and was married in Richmond, VA on September 22, 1956. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp during World War II and was a Freemason and member of Thomas N. Davis Lodge No. 351.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilton Overton and Mary Nelsen Allen; and a daughter, Carol Mae Allen. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elsie Smith Allen; daughter, Janet Allen James; son-in-law, Terry Michael James; and granddaughter, Olivia Nicole James all of Glen Allen, Virginia.

There will be private graveside services at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.


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Melissa Ostergren

March 26, 2020

The last time I saw Herman I took my mom and Lily over to their house for lunch. He was so excited to talk to Lily and show her some of his pictures.