Allen, Billy Dale CEDAR HILL -- Billy Dale Allen, son of Roy C. Allen and Fay Elizabeth Wilson Allen, was born July 23, 1941 in Cleburne, TX, and passed from this life on November 2, 2013 in Cedar Hill, TX. Mr. Allen was a graduate of Alvarado High School, Baylor University, where he earned a BBA, and the University of North Texas, where he completed a Master of Education in vocational teaching, counseling, and administration. He taught and served as vocational director at Cedar Hill Independent School District for 33 years. From high school through college and in retirement, his love was playing his trombone. As the founder and managing director of the Texas Dixieland Band and Sounding Brass Ensemble, he played at many venues throughout the Metroplex. He was a 24 year member of the Irving Symphonic Band. He also played for the New Orleans Saints Football Band and for the Dallas Cowboys Band at the Cotton Bowl and at Texas Stadium. Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Benja L. Allen, sister-in-law Mary Jo Allen of Luling, TX, first cousins Eva D. Anderson of Garland, Sara Jane Null, of Ft. Worth, and Dr. Danny Waddell of Colleyville, TX, and a niece and eight nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Bobby Allen, and his sister, Velma Allen Land. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Alvarado. Interment will immediately follow the service at Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Clayton Kay Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 7, 2013