Funeral services for Mr. Shelton "Big Al" Allen, 85, of Downsville will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2009 at Farrar Funeral Home with the Rev. Purvis Rodrigues and the Rev. Karen Joy Hancock officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Downsville. Arrangements are under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home of Farmerville. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at Farrar Funeral Home.
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Mr. Allen, a retired electrician with International Paper Co. of Bastrop, died June 24, 2009. He was a member of Farmerville Church of Christ, a WWII Veteran, having served in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge and a member of IBEW.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Icie Mae "Ike" Allen; son, Ray Edward Taylor and second wife, Lottie Mae Tugwell Allen.
Survivors are his son, Barry Allen and wife, Debbie of Monroe; two daughters, Patsy Allen McKinney and husband, Larry of Rison, Ark. and Tonia Allen Lewis and husband, Arthur of Downsville; nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Chris Allen, Jeremy Allen, Daniel Allen, Skyler McLean, Jeffery Stanfill and Scott Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are Colby Allen and Austin Allen.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise on June 24, 2009