Frank William Allen, age 95, of Conroe passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013 after an illness. Frank was born in Galveston on December 31, 1917, the son of James Watts Allen and Ida Elizabeth Tebbs. His great uncles were John Kirby Allen and Augustus C. Allen, the founders of Houston. Frank is survived by his sister Patsy Haley of North Carolina, son Frank W. (Bill) Allen, Jr. and wife Vicky of Conroe, daughter Allison Allen of Montgomery, special friends Raphael and Sandra Cole, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, and his beloved wife and sweetheart of 67 years, Gerry (2008).
Frank attended Milby High School in Houston and Baylor University in Waco where he played baseball. At Baylor, Frank met the love of his life, Gerry and they were married in February 1941. They were named Baylor University's Valentine King and Queen. Frank, a World War II veteran entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 where he was a pilot and the base Physical Fitness Instructor at Drew Air Field in Tampa, FL and the base Physical Education Commander at the Airbase in DeRidder, LA. Frank was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946. He loved Tampa and Clearwater because of the fishing.
Frank and Gerry returned to Waco where he graduated from Baylor Law School in the top 1/3 of his class and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Frank formed many life-long friendships during his years at Baylor. He had a private practice in general civil law from 1950-1954 with Rex Clawson and Joe L. Albritton. Frank went to work at Schlumberger Well Surveying Corporation in 1954 where he remained until 1966 when he partnered with Kent M. Prichard and H. Lingo Platter, forming the law firm Prichard, Platter and Allen. Frank moved his general civil law practice to Conroe several years ago and actively practiced until his death.
The Allens joined First Baptist Church when they moved to Conroe in 1967. Frank's favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 and we know he will have eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Frank was an avid college football and baseball fan and he loved the Astros. He rarely missed any televised Baylor sports event. Frank loved to travel, play golf, hunt and fish and just recently sold his boat. He was also a fabulous cook, always choosing a recipe with the most ingredients.
Frank had a keen mind, sharp as a tack to the very end, a testament to his love of learning, reading and teaching others through his example. He thrived on convoluted legal quagmires but was known to forget where he left his wallet. Frank and Gerry quarreled at times about his refusal to charge a client a full fee or to even charge a fee at all if the client could not afford it. He always desired to help others and treated everyone he met with courtesy and respect. His nurses doted on him, wishing him a Happy Birthday only 3 days ago with a special cupcake.
Visitation will be at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, Texas on Sunday, January 6 from 3PM-6PM. The service will be held at Cashner on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM officiated by Dr. Cliff Herrington. Interment will follow at Garden Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chip Allen, Tim Allen, Ken Bain, Lee Bain, Charles Burditt and Jim Ullrich. Honorary Pallbearers are Judge John Singleton, Carl McGee, Ray Mason, Don Branham, Bob Elliott, Tom Corrigan and Raphael Cole.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do may make contributions in memory of Frank William Allen to Boys and Girls Country—Houston, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley, TX 77447-9327.
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