HAMPTON - Joe Nathan Allen entered into eternal rest Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the age of 78. A native of Halifax, N.C., Joe Nathan, born May 6, 1927, was a longtime Peninsula resident, a U.S. Army
veteran and a 1945 graduate of Huntington High School. He was preceded in death by a son, Tracy; daughter Natalie; parents, Whitt and Daisy Allen; sister, Rosie Lynch; and brother, Arman Allen. After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service after 27 years, he later worked for Virginia School for Deaf-Blind and Multi-Disabled. In 1994, he was appointed by then Virginia Governor George Allen to the State Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Board. He was re-appointed thereafter, serving four consecutive terms for which he received numerous awards and accolades by the governor for his volunteer community service. His love for children led to his affiliation with Foster Grandparents program. Quite the conversationalist, he ministered to inmates at Regional Correctional Center and Hampton City Jail. He was a member of Les Hommes Civic & Social Club for many years and a founding member of S.W.I.S. He is survived by his wife, Inez; daughters, Pearl Young, Mary McNeill and Evelyn Golden of Hampton, Karen and Sharen Allen of Newport News, Patrice Allen-Hussey of Tarboro, N.C., and Tarita Allen of Los Angeles, Calif.; sons-in-law, John Young, Glenn McNeill, John Golden and Darryl Hussey; two sisters, Marie Newman and Liz Bunn of Hampton; three brothers, Whitt Allen of Salem, N.J., Waverly Allen of New York City and Freddie Allen of Newport News; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 2, at O.H. Smith and Son Funeral Home, 3009 Chestnut Ave., Newport News. Arrangements entrusted to O.H. Smith & Son Funeral Home.