James Rufus "Jim" Allen Jr.(1933-2008)

TEGA CAY, S.C. - James (Jim) Rufus Allen Jr., 75, the loving husband of Naomi Wilson Allen of Tega Cay and formerly of Gastonia, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center, with his family by his side.

The son of James Rufus Allen and Elsie Lucille Allen, Jim was born in Gastonia on Oct. 21, 1933.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Naomi Wilson Allen; three daughters, Sharon Allen Buffo and husband, Cal, of Shingletown, Calif., Alison Allen Geers and husband, Jessie, of Baconton, Ga., and Jamie Allen Brooks and husband, Ricky, of Rock Hill, S.C.; 12 grandchildren, Michael Tune, Patrick Tune and Aaron Nelms of California, Trudy Davis, Nichol Hall, Dusty Hall, Jessica Hall, Cody Hall and Patricia Hall of Georgia, Brandon Allen, Nick Karwisch and Sarah Karwisch of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol Blakeslee of California and Nancy Beauchamp of North Carolina.

Jim proudly served 30 years in the United States Navy and Fleet Reserve, was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and an instructor at York Technical College. His passions in life included photography, travel, golf, family and many friends. He had a thirst for knowledge, which was indescribable, and his passions for family as a father and provider were most admirable.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia.

Entombment will be in Mausoleum B at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at the funeral home.

E-mail condolences to carothersfh@aol.com Attn: Allen family or sign guestbook at www.mem.com.

Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the Allen family.

Funeral Home

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park
2205 Williamsburg Drive Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 867-6337

Published in Gaston Gazette from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, 2008