SHELBY- John Lawson Allen, 87, passed away on Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, at the Kings Mountain Hospice House.
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Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Paul George and Delia Cabaniss Allen. He is also preceded in death by his former wife, Ruth Cornwell Allen and son, Eddie Allen.
John was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church where he drove the bus for senior citizens in the church. He served his country honorably in the Army Infantry. John had a long history in law enforcement and retired a veteran magistrate for Cleveland County where he took on the task of holding Cleveland County's small claims court. John took his first oath of office on May 1, 1978, and since that time, he has served on the 27B District judicial council, as president of the NC Magistrates Association, organized the Jr. Police program and served on the board of directors for the James Home for abused children. John was a member of the Lions Club since 1978. John was a well-respected man in our community as well as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed antiques, hunting and fishing.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Tessneer Allen ; daughters, Ann Dudley and husband Tom of Silver Spring, Md., Rhonda Faye McIntyre and husband Mike of Jonesboro, Ga., Marcia Wall and husband Ray of Shelby, Peggy Johnson and husband Mark of Shelby; brother, Gene Allen and wife Peggy of Fleming Island, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jonathan McIntyre and wife Silvia, Daniel McIntyre and wife Elvira, Josh McIntyre, Janet Dudley and husband Kevin Bowman, Laura Dudley, Lori Heafner and husband Chris, and Jennifer Sigmon and husband Barry; step-grandchildren, Casey Vess and husband Nathan, and Bret Johnson and wife Gina; and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at New Prospect Baptist Church.
The Rev. Jim Brackett and the honorable George Hamrick will be officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.
At other times, the family will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church–General Fund, 1960 New Prospect Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Allen.
A guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD. Shelby, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 24, 2014