Dear Gracie and family, I just heard of Charlie's passing yesterday from Ruth. My heart sank at the news. My relationship with Charlie and the Allen family goes back a long way. Charlie "Crappy" Allen, Sr. married my wife and me nearly 53 yrs. ago. Tom "Sig" and I were best buddies starting in the 9th grade at Highland Jr. Hi. in Louisville. I spent so much time at the Allen's home on Speed Ave. my Mom once asked me why didn't I take my bed with me. I got to know Mr. Allen, Crappy", Martha Belle and "Sig" pretty well. Charlie, was a few years older than "Sig" and I so we didn't run around together. One thing I noticed even as a young teen, was the uncommon affection Charlie and Tom had for each other. With death comes mixed emotions. On the one hand, we who are left behind with our sorrow, know that our loved one, if they are a true believer, are in the loving arms of Jesus. I wouldn't want to take Charlie out of the arms of Jesus. That is my final destination and that's where I want to be. God bless you and your family.