WAYNESBORO, Ga. - John Allen, Jr., peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 11, 2012. John was born in Burke County, GA on February 20, 1941 to Monroe and Louise Allen. He attended Burke County Schools. He was employed by Thermal Ceramics (formerly Babcock & Wilcox) where he retired after 41 years of service as a Ceramic Finisher. A craftsman at heart, John continued to work following retirement as a Barber in Waynesboro, GA. He was a faithful member of Beech Branch Baptist Church and served as a Trustee. He was an avid sportsman enjoying baseball, bowling, walking (trying to walk faster than everyone on the track). He loved spending valuable time with his six grandsons; frequently, coaching and assisting them with their athletic skills. He truly loved family, often mentoring the young and visiting the old. He is survived by a loving wife, Christine Allen, of 48 years; daughters, Michanda (Emanuel) Bryson of Grovetown, GA, Yolanda (Rev. Craig) Tremble of Statesboro, GA and Sonya (Lenier) Kenner of Douglasville, GA; brother, Curtis (Lillian) Reason of New Haven, CT; special nephew, Charles Allen of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Jordan, Emanuel, Chanin, Jonathan, Drew and Elijah; aunt, Velena Grant of Atlanta, GA, uncle Dan (Amanda) Allen of Washington, DC; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, godchildren and devoted friends. Public viewing will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Phinazee & Son Funeral Home, 404 West 8th Street, Waynesboro, GA. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, 2454 Golden Camp Road, Augusta, GA. Rev. Craig R. Tremble, Eulogist and Rev. Dr. Melvin Lowry, Pastor. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Mr. John Allen will lie-in-state at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church on the day of service from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, Building 400 North Creek, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327 800-399-7312 Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Craig R. Tremble Funeral Home, Statesboro, GA. www.craigrtremblefuneralhome.com
Final Rites are entrusted to the care of Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home, Historic West End Chapel, Atlanta, GA.