SHELBY- Lona Borders Allen, formerly of 1638 Woodlawn Avenue, Shelby, died November 26, 2011 at Hospice Cleveland County.
Mrs. Allen was born in Cleveland County to the late John Logan Borders and Ethel Blanton Borders. She was in school at Earl and graduated from No. 3 Township High School. She was employed at Universal Manufacturing Company in 1955, where she was Plant Manager for thirty-seven years until her retirement. Her entire family are big golfing fans and her hobbies were golf and playing rook with her friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dan Allen; three brothers, Wilson Borders, John Borders, and Craig Borders; and three sisters, Sue Borders, Grace Wright, and Edna Spark.
Mrs. Allen is survived by two sons, Randy Allen and wife, Frieda Waters Allen, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Danny Allen and wife, Patricia Shields Allen, of Lugoff, SC; four grandchildren, Lance and Marjorie Allen of Boiling Springs and one great grandchild Peyton Allen of Inman, SC, Zack Allen of Nashville, TN, Nathan and Kelli Allen Sweet of Wake Forest, and Hunter Allen of Lugoff, SC; one sister, Florence Bryant of Charlotte; and special friend, Carlton Beam of Shelby; loving nephews and nieces, Gene Byers of Blacksburg, SC, Gary Borders of Earl, and John Bryant of Charlotte, Marlene Bell of Shelby, Joyce Borders of Taylors, SC, Ann Keller of Gaffney, SC, Judy Raiford, Joan Chapman and Jean Hazelton of Charlotte, and Jane Ashery of Van Wyck.
Mrs. Allen greatly enjoyed her involvement at Elizabeth Baptist Church where she has been a member for more than sixty years. She had many church friends, taught in the children's third grade Sunday school department for more than twenty years, worked in vacation Bible school, assisted with Bible drill, was a member of the Keenagers (Senior Adults) where she at one time served as director. She was president of the senior adult choir for two years and continued to be a member. She also was a Sunday school literature distributor for many years, was a member of the Grace Sunday school class, where she was corresponding secretary and treasurer.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church
Celebration of life service: Sunday, 3 p.m., at Elizabeth Baptist Church
Officiated By: Dr. Rit Varriale and Revs. Clinton Padgett and Mike McGee
Burial: church cemetery
Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Allen.
Memorials: Elizabeth Baptist Church, 301 North Post Road, Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Online Condolences: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com