Courtney L. Allen departed this world at 4:00am, April 22, 2014. He is survived by Roberta Allen, his wife of 68 years, son Les Allen and his family, wife Stephanie, granddaughter Ashley Johnston and her husband James, great grandson Dashiell, grandson Paul, and son David and his family, wife Kathy and granddaughter Lauren, and numerous friends. |
Special thanks to Jane Berglin for her endearing support of her sister, Roberta, Novaes Gregg, Gregory and Kay Gregg, long time care givers Amilee and Silvia and the staff of Paramount for their kind attention and care.
Courtney was born July 23, 1924 in Somerville, MA. After attending high school in Watertown, Massachusetts. He entered the Air Force in 1942, working on B17's during World War II. After the war, he attended and graduated from Bentley College in 1948 with a degree in accounting. He then went to work for a Steam Ship Agency in New Orleans prior to moving to Houston in 1951 to work for Texas Barge Lines, later to become Sioux City and New Orleans Barge Lines, Inc. He rose through the ranks of barge lines to become the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until the company was sold in 1968 to the Crown Family. After selling the company, he commuted to St. Louis for a period to assist with the transition but did not take a position there in the interest of keeping his family in Houston.
Back in Houston, Courtney founded Allen Marine Services, which, unfortunately coincided with the recession in the late 60's an early 70's, and was not successful. He then took business management positions with United Building Services, SHIPCO, and Schuler Allan Naval Architects until his retirement.
Courtney was an active member of the community. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church for 61 years, having served on the vestry as both a vestryman and senior warden and was a regular usher at the 8 AM service. He was recognized for Outstanding Service to the Houston Metropolitan Ministries and is an Honorary Member of St. Anne's Guild.
He was an active supporter of and participant with the Boy Scouts of America having served as District Chairman for South Central Houston. He worked with Troops 251 and 551 sponsored by the United Methodist Church. He was recognized as an Eagle Scout sponsor and presented a certificate of appreciation for contributing to Breakthrough for Youth. He sent one of his sons to the National Jamboree and the other to the World Jamboree.
Courtney was also a member of the Propeller Club, the Houston Historical Society, President of the Glenbrook Civic Club, and a COP volunteer. He loved the outdoors, particularly the Colorado fishing trips he took with his in-laws in Berthoud Colorado.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM, Friday, April 25th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7843 Park Place Blvd., Houston, Texas 77087. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2014