West Columbia—Services for Jimmie Allen, 82, of West Columbia, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, February 23, 2009 at State Street Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Tommy Pillow. Burial will follow in Southland Memorial Gardens with military honors. The family will receive friends from 5-7 Sunday evening at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to State Street Baptist Church, 1420 State Street, Cayce, SC 29033.
Mr. Allen, loving husband of Gloria Allen passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Born in Rock Hill, he was the son of the late Glenn and Minnie Watts Allen. Mr. Allen was an area resident since 1964 formerly of Charleston. Mr. Allen retired from the United States Navy and was owner and operator of Allen’s Automotive. He was a master mechanic who built engines and transmissions for drivers of the old Columbia Speedway . He was a member of VFW Post 641 and the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 269 in Goose Creek. Mr. Allen was an avid race fan and football fan. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Jimmie will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving in addition to his wife Gloria Allen of West Columbia; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Doug Harris of Cayce; son, Glenn Allen of Alabama; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Alma Jean and Morris Bailey of Virginia. He was preceded in death by a sister Helen Rogers and four brothers, Lionel, Billy, Melvin and W. G.