TAR HEEL — Minnie Cain Allen, 94, died Aug. 28, 2013, after a short illness and a long and happy life.
Born April 11, 1919, on a farm in the Ammon community of Bladen County, her parents were Lorenzo and Ethel Cain. The youngest of eight children, her father died while she was a baby. Her oldest sister Ruth helped raise her. She married J.E. Allen of Tar Heel in 1937 after graduating from White Oak School. They had four children, owned and operated Allen's Tar Heel Oil Company and later Allen's Tire Service. J.E. died in 1995, they were married nearly 58 years. In later years she enjoyed her summer garden and feeding birds. She dearly loved her family, Purdie's Church and Tar Heel. Minnie wanted her family, church and town to do well.
Her survivors are her children: sons, James Edward aka Beamie Allen; Joe and wife Wanda Allen; daughters, Ethel and husband Daniel Vogel and Faye and husband Bill Weeber. Grandchildren are Joe Allen Jr., Samuel Allen, Lindsey Weeber and William Weeber. Great grandchildren are Olivia and Violet Allen.
Visitation was held at Purdie's United Methodist Church, Friday, Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. Burial followed in the Allen Family Cemetary. The Rev. Al Marshburn conducted the services. Street address for the church is 11567 Hwy-87N, Tar Heel NC 28392.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Purdie's United Methodist Church or Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton NC 28358.