Marlyn Gayle Allen God called a mighty warrior home on Friday, August 23, 2013, when Marlyn Gayle Allen left this earth. He was born in Waynesboro, Virginia, to parents, Lawrence Preston Allen and Ruby Thomas Allen, on January 15, 1945. His parents were waiting in Heaven to greet him. His life was a true adventure, but most of all a love story for all time. This story began when he was 14, and met the love of his life on the icy church steps. He held his hand out to Irma Sue Moser, who later became his wife. Together they raised four children, Kimberly Allen Pugh, Tracy Hunter Allen, Marlo Gayle Allen, and Crystal Allen Brennan. Along with his wife and children, he is survived by his legacy, eight grandchildren, Jordan Pugh Cersley, Misty Wulin, Deborah Pugh, Tina Wulin, Madison Allen, Allison Wulin, Hunter Allen, and Schuyler Allen. He was loved and respected by his sons-in-law, Gregory Pugh and Larry Brennan; and by his daughter-in-law, Melissa White Allen. Marlyn had two sisters, Barbara Allen Warner, who greeted him in Heaven, and Brenda Allen Altman of Lynchburg, Virginia. Marlyn was first and foremost a Christian husband and father, but he was also a dreamer and an adventurer, which resulted in a good and exciting life. He was a husband at 16, the youngest man on a Navy ship at 17, a father at 19 and went on to be a police officer, fishing boat captain, and founder of Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. He touched and influenced the lives of many. His heart was big enough to hold a special place for his nephews, Brian Balsley and Scott Altman; two daughters of the heart, Jane Sampson and Carlene Brown; and his friends are too numerous to mention. However, a few should be, Rudy Harris was a close friend since grade school; Steve Head was a loyal friend since Police Academy; and Ron Matney, a fellow adventurer. Marlyn was always adamant that his life was too blessed to end with a funeral. His family will host a celebration of his life on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 4 p.m. until midnight with dinner provided at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, Nellysford, Virginia. Marlyn's family is grateful for the support of friends throughout his battle with cancer and also to Hospice of the Piedmont for their comfort and compassion. If you wish to remember Marlyn Allen, in lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Nelson County FFA Chapter, 6919 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA 22949. Marlyn said goodbye and went on to his next adventure while holding his wife's hand and in the company of their children, with his faithful canine companion, Sound, on his lap. "Honey, I'll see you later in Heaven." "Daddy, we will see you soon at the East Middle Gate." Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.