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WILLIAM P. ALLEN, 94, died peacefully Sunday, January 17, 2010. In 1916, he was born to Alice and John Tell Allen in Bandana, Kentucky. He attended Tarleton State University and the University of Texas where he met Grace, his beloved wife of seventy years. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army as a military policeman in North Africa and Italy. Bill worked for Connell Rice and Sugar Company for forty-two years where he served as Executive Vice-President. He was a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Lakeside Country Club and several social dance clubs. He enjoyed traveling, deer hunting with his son and weekly dancing with his friends. In retirement he took up golf and tap dancing. Bill had a remarkable zest for life, business acumen, sense of humor, ability to tell great stories and love and devotion to family and friends.He is preceded in death by his brothers George and Tell and is survived by his wife Grace, daughter Joan Allen Hill and husband, Henry, and son William (Bill) Allen, Jr. and wife, Phyllis, of Memphis, Tennessee, grandchildren Allison Mitschke and husband, Michael, Allen Hill and wife, Andrea Greer, Stacy, Bryn, Kelsey and Leigh Allen, great-grandchildren Jeremy, Jackson William, Gracie, and Janie Mitschke and a host of nieces and nephews.For helping with his care, the family wishes to thank the staffs at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Vitas Hospice, Hattie Chatmon, Imogene Randall, Joyce Hill, Linda Woods, Nadijah El-Amin and Phyllis Cooper.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the Dyess Veterans Memorial Fund, Tarleton State University, Box T-0260, Stephenville, TX 76402 or The Salvation Army, Haiti Relief Fund.A memorial service is scheduled at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 23, in the chapel of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive at Blalock.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2010
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