Rodger Dale Allen, 62, was born March 27, 1950, in Batesville, MS, to Willie Tutor Allen and passed away April 6, 2012, in Vidor. Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at 7:00 p.m. Rodger was a long time resident of Vidor, prior to moving to Beaumont about 8 months ago. He was a self-employed owner/manager of Allen's Trucking Enterprise for many years prior to retiring. Those left to survive Rodger are his fianceé, Billie Jean Swann; daughters, Lisa Ann East and fiancé, Donny Dennis of Nederland, and Bridgette Ramirez of Pt. Arthur; grandchildren, Rodger Dale Allen East, Celeste Melancon, Sabrina Melancon, and Katie Melancon; great-granddaughters, Katrina Allen, Lillianna Salamanca, and Fabian Moreno; sisters, Betty Carolyn Palermo and husband, Sam, Barbara Bibby and husband, Jerry, and Ruby Rees and husband, Harry. Rodger was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Johnny W. Allen.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 10, 2012