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Phillip "Tinker" Allen

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Phillip Edward Allen, best known as "Tinker" or just "Tink" passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 near the family farm in Adel, Georgia. He was 58 years old and did not suffer when leaving this life. Tinker was born in Citrus County, graduated from Crystal River High School in 1976, and lived in Lecanto his entire life. He married Joy Baldree from Inverness in the middle of watermelon season in 1982 and brought four loving children into the world during his marriage.
Tinker is survived by his four children and five grandchildren: Jeremy Jackson Allen, his wife Carla Rinaker-Allen, and two granddaughters, Devin Sky Rinaker, and Bree Evelyn Allen of Adel, Georgia; Dr. Ashley Elizabeth Allen-Durrance, her husband David Paul Durrance, and one grandson, Caleb Michael Durrance of Gainesville, Florida; Edward Fitzgerald Allen, his wife Lee Auger Allen, and two granddaughters Mackenzie Marie Allen and Bailey Grace Allen of Adel, Georgia; and his "Becca-Boo", Kathryn Rebecca Allen of Citrus Springs, Florida. Phillip Allen was the son of the late Horace Vincent Allen Sr. and the late Pauline Lillian Edwards Allen also of Lecanto. He is survived by a sister, Lillian Waugh of Fort Myers, a brother, Horace "Bud" Allen, Jr. of Crystal River, Florida, and a sister, Margie Haley of Metter, Georgia as well as a many nieces and nephews: Bruce, Bernie, Ricky, Todd, Jason, Pam, Skeet, Bo, Sissy, Tommy, Patrick, and Kelly to which he was known to all as "Uncle Tink."
Those who knew Tinker well during his lifetime could find him hanging over a #23 race car with his son Eddie as he was his son's biggest fan and enjoyed local racing himself in his younger days, talking away half of the work day up at Jones', packing out a semitrailer with watermelons, working the cows, running a pay loader, or doing site prep with his sons, nephews, Newton, Clarence, or one of his other lifelong buddies in Citrus County.
Tinker enjoyed trips to the family farm in Adel, Georgia, where his two sons now live and work, riding around on the mule and checking the cows, trying to tell Edward how to run his business, and spending time with his granddaughters in Georgia. He recently was able to be present at the birth of his first grandson in Gainesville on April 24th. It was fitting as Tink has always bled Orange and Blue as he loved the Gators. What Tinker loved to do the most was to talk and could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. He loved to tell stories about the "good ole days" in Citrus County, going hunting, racing, farming, women, hauling dirt, the love of his children, and his family and his friends; all of which were probably remembered a little better through that spark in his eye and his enthusiasm for storytelling than if the truth were told. Those who knew him, know this is true.
If you were represented in one of the many stories that Tinker has shared throughout the years, thank you for the richness you gave to his life, know that he loved you, and that you made him happy. His family would like to thank you for the contribution you made to his happiness.
Tinker, Tink, Dad, Daddy, Brother, Poppy, Pop-Pah, and Grandpa will be so missed by his children, his grandchildren, his friends, and his family, but I believe he would like us to understand that it was time for this "Good old Boy" to call it a day. Tinker lived a good life, loved a great deal, and was loved by so many.
His children will be receiving family and friends at a viewing on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from
5 p.m. to 7p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Crystal River, Florida. A grave side service will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Lecanto at the Magnolia Cemetery. Pastor and friend, Dr. Doug Alexander will be conducting the service. The children will be celebrating his life at the house in Lecanto immediately following the service. Please bring a chair and a covered dish. All are welcome to attend.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 25, 2016
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