ELLENBORO - Mr. James Vernon "Dutch" Allen, 98, of 193 Ellenboro/Henrietta Road, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at home.
A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late James Vernon and Olia Daniel Allen. Mr. Allen was a retired railroad clerk for Seaboard Coastline Railroad. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he coached softball, taught Sunday school and was a R.A. leader.
In addition to his parents, his wife, Ruby Katherine Harrill Allen preceded him in death.
He is survived by three sons, Alvin Allen of Spindale, George Allen of Forest City and James Allen of Ellenboro; seven daughters, Nancy Frady of Granite Falls, Judy Allen of Ellenboro, Deanna Dills of Sylva, Brenda McEntire of Rutherfordton, Sara Sheppard of Bostic, Hannah Jolley of Bostic and Kathy Houser of Cliffside; and 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation: The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 23 at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral: Sunday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church
Burial: Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
Officiated by: The Revs. Alvin Allen and Frank Hoyle
Memorials: Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 663, Ellenboro, NC 28040
Funeral home: McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home
Online condolences: www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com