Elbert “Red” Allen Sr., 89, of Brownfield, Texas, passed from this life to spend an eternity with our Lord on Friday, August 11, 2000, at Brownfield Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy illness and a courageous battle.
Mr. Allen was born on August 18, 1910, in Liberty Hill, Texas, to the late Clark S. and Ada Smith Allen. He spent a number of years farming cotton and ranching with his family in Lynn County, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed for a time in Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he even performed guard duty in the area where the gold was stored. Mr. Allen was discharged as a PFC from Fort Bliss, Texas, on May 22, 1945.
After he completed his tour of duty in the military, he met his future bride, Frankie Seale Rhodes. They were married on March 22, 1947. He left behind many precious memories after 53 years of marriage and a family that meant everything to him.
Mr. Allen worked in the oil and gas industry from 1947 until his retirement in 1975 in the areas of Sundown, Levelland, and Denver City, Texas. He retired from the Texas Pacific Oil Company on September 1, 1975, as a Lease Operator at the Bennett Ranch Unit, Denver City, Texas, after 28 years of loyal, dedicated service. Upon retirement, he and his wife co-managed the Brownfield Housing Authority Apartments. Mr. Allen held that position from November 1980 until his death, and his wife still operates the facility.
He had several passions in life, and he loved to talk. During conversations with others, he usually would discover someone he knew or a mutual acquaintance. Some of his favorite tales were of childhood pranks he and his brother used to play on the employees of the family ranch. He could entertain people for hours with his stories.
Mr. Allen enjoyed traveling, especially to the mountains of New Mexico. He longed to eat Underwood’s BBQ in Brownwood, Texas, at every chance, and he and his wife often made the four-hour trip just to eat this delicacy. For true excitement, he let Mom cook him a homemade peach cobbler and the feast was on. He especially loved his “granddog,” Kaiser, who he would protect above most anything.
Mr. Allen was a member of Sage Terrace Pentecostal Church, Brownfield, Texas, where he served as a Trustee for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clark S. and Ada Smith Allen; one brother, Sam Allen; three sisters, Lucille Bean, Ruby Bertreaux Crumley, and Bertha Jolly; and one daughter, Linda Seale Allen Sparks.
He is survived by his wife, Frankie Allen of Brownfield, Texas; his two sons, Elbert Allen Jr. and wife Gail of Brownfield, Texas, and Elwynn Gene Allen and wife Katherine of Levelland, Texas; one son-in-law, Frank E. Sparks of Robert Lee, Texas; one sister, Dora Alice Hall of Gainesville, Texas; eight grandchildren, Rhonda Gail Knox, Rodney Lynn Allen, Lisa Anne Allen, and Gregory Richard Allen, all of Brownfield, Texas, Esther Grace Allen of San Angelo, Texas, Jordan Chase Allen, Harrison Reese Taylor, and Bryce Logan Taylor, all of Levelland, Texas; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. He also is survived by a host of loving friends and neighbors.
Pallbearers were Buddy Stephenson of Denver City, Texas, John Shelton of College Station, Texas, Nick Williams of Levelland, Texas, Larry Murphree of Plains, Texas, Rodney Allen of Brownfield, Texas, Greg Allen of Brownfield, Texas, Jordan Allen of Levelland, Texas, and Reese Taylor of Levelland, Texas.
Honorary Pallbearers were retirees of Texas Pacific Oil Company.