CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mrs. Sophia Helen Miles Allen, 89, departed this life on October 15, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. A native of Saluda, SC, she resided in Augusta from 1960 through 2011, when she moved to be with family in Charlotte. Mrs. Allen was the seventh of 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson and Sophia Young Miles. She was baptized at the Mount Enon Baptist Church of Saluda, where she later served as Church Clerk. A graduate of Saluda Rosenwald High School, Class of 1944, and Benedict College, Class of 1948, she taught in the public schools of Saluda County. In October 1960, she married Calloway Allen, who preceded her in death in 2008. They were members of Hale Street Baptist Church, and later, Moses Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active Choir member and volunteer in numerous roles, and always a faithful member. She is survived by one child, Janice Michelle Allen (Joe) Jackson of Charlotte, who is grateful and proud to be hers. She has two grandchildren, Miles Louis and Caroline Michelle, also of Charlotte. She is further survived by her only remaining sibling, Vivian Ann Miles Daniel of Washington, DC. In addition, two special nieces, in whose upbringing she assisted, cherish her memory: Eleanor Joan Homer of Thomasville, GA, and Gelena Helen (William) Bosket of Saluda. There are also numerous relatives, neighbors, former students and friends who were touched by her life. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. from Moses Missionary Baptist Church, 112 Walker Street, Augusta with Rev. Corey D. Brown, pastor-officiating. Interment will be in Walker Memorial Park. The remains will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013