Viola Glen Thacker Allen

September 2, 1910September 22, 2011

Viola G. Allen was called home by her Heavenly Father on Thursday, September 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Allen, Sr., Pastor; her brother Garrett Thacker; and her sister, Virginia Stanley. She is survived by five children, Janice Dalton and her husband Russell, Norman E. Allen, Jr. and his wife Carol, Diane Hinegardner and her husband Jimmy, Jim Allen and his wife Linda, Jerry Allen and his wife Tanya; seven grandchildren, Norman Allen III, and his wife Mary Margaret, Teresa Breeden and her husband Craig, Marcia Wills and her husband Jim, C. G. Hinegardner, Jenny Fitzwater and her husband Mark, David Allen and his wife Theresa, Barbara Bennardo and her husband Chris, Brian Allen and his wife Tracy; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Viola was a devout Christian and a dedicated partner to her husband Norman in his lifelong service to the Lord as a Pastor. She was a wonderful, selfless and loving mother who was adored by her entire family and all who knew her. We were blessed to have Viola with us for 101 years.

She worked at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House in Glen Allen, VA for 40 years and was Aunt Sarah in the Ukrops Annual Parade on the Aunt Sarah’s float. She loved her customers and they loved her.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., where her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2011. She will then be taken to the Fredericksburg Cemetery in Fredericksburg, VA to be buried at 12:30 p.m. with her beloved husband, Norman. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Rd., Richmond, VA. Condolences may be given at


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 27, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 28, 2011
  • Interment Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Viola Glen Thacker Allen

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Brenda Clancy

September 29, 2011

She was a very special lady. I will never forget picking strawberries with her. She always laughed about my son picking one and eating two

Cullen Brightwell

September 27, 2011

I lived next to Mrs. Allen for years, I was young but enjoyed the times spent. After dinner most night after we ate me and my dad would take leftover over, Mrs. Allen loved to just see us. Mrs. Allen is loved by everyone, and will be greaty missed

Cullen Brightwell

September 27, 2011

I lived next to Mrs. Allen for years, I remember when I was younger and we sat in the kitchen and I would just talk to her. After dinner most nights me and my dad would take her leftovers, and she loved to just see us. Mrs. Allen is loved greatly, and will be missed by everyone

Teresa Bowers

September 25, 2011

Over the last 22 years, I spent many hours on Mrs. Allen's couch listening to stories and looking at photos. Some of those stories I heard numerous times but I always pretended it were the first time. A couple years ago she confided to me with a sly grin, "I know I repeat myself but sometimes I just like to talk!" Such a sweet and loving woman. I love and miss her dearly.

She loved her family and was so proud of all of you. I hope you find peace in knowing she lived such a full and wonderful life. I am comforted knowing she is now surrounded by those she has loved and missed over the years.

Marcia Wills

September 25, 2011

Grandma was a wonderful, devoted woman to all who knew her. She was a gentle spirit, humble and passonate. We were all the better for having her in our lives. Rest Grandma, until you are called home.

Frances Allen

September 24, 2011

I am so blessed to have had Viola as a friend for 50 years. She was an amazing woman and she will be missed. May God comfort her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Know that the world was a better place because she lived.