James Doyle "Jim" Allen of Hazlehurst, Miss. passed away on July 26, 2013 at the Veterans Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. after a lengthy illness following a head injury which occurred while serving with the International Mission Board, SBC, in the middle-east. Jim was born in Fife Lake on August 1, 1929, and lived most of his stateside years in Traverse City and Kalkaska.|
Jim attended school in Traverse City, was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran (Aleutian Islands, Alaska), loved golfing, fishing, and enjoyed various other hobbies, was certified as an ESL/EFL teacher and taught many students both in U.S. and internationally. Although Jim was involved in several other business interests, he was in the contracting business in northwestern Michigan area continually for many years. A committed Gideon, Jim was a life member of Gideon's International, had served faithfully in the former Cherryland Baptist Church, Traverse City, and was instrumental in the establishment of the present Kalkaska Baptist Church. Jim had a remarkable visionary capacity concerning spiritual and other needs and various personal ministries, most known only to those churches/persons to whom he quietly ministered.
Jim was a member of the Michigan-Ohio Audition Choir (Splendor Productions, Orlando, Fla.) of the Detroit area for several years and enjoyed the annual concert series presentations over Michigan and Ohio throughout each year; a highlight event for this choir was being chosen for the World Vision Christmas video for troops in Desert Storm produced by Splendor Productions, Orlando, Fla. He traveled with the "Spirit of America" concert choir throughout Europe and former Soviet Union featuring the choir and other Christian music artists; the highlight event was presenting a concert in the Palace of Congress behind the Kremlin walls where Dr. Billy Kim (South Korean evangelist) preached a rousing evangelical message plus touring all the grounds and buildings, etc..
Jim was blessed with a large immediate family: four sisters, Eleanor, Lani (Don Lemeron), Barbara (deceased), Jeanne (Garry Lewis), a brother Michael (deceased); three sons, James D. Allen, Jr., (deceased) granddaughter, Cherilyn (deceased); Shawn Clark Allen, Twin Lake, Mich., (Garth, Jodie, Jaret, Kerry, Dustin); Kelly Joe (Trudy) Allen, Traverse City, (Lorraine (deceased) and Kyle). Others who were included in his life as family: Carol (Bob) Adams, Traverse City, Jim (Karen, Lee and Sarah) and Mark Striebich, Fife Lake, Mike TenBrock, Northport, Greg (Bethany) Ferrell (Mason, Emily), Hazlehurst, Miss., and Dolores F. Kuriger (Austin), Wesson, Miss. Jim's life was filled with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, some whom he had not been able to know personally, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom Jim was always proud to call "my family."
Along with sons, Shawn and Kelly, and sisters, Eleanor, Lani, and Jeanne, and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles and other family connections, Jim is survived by his wife, Gwen Simmons Allen, (formerly Yazoo City, Miss.) and Hazlehurst, Miss.
The home-going celebration service for James D. Allen is to be at Kalkaska Baptist Church at a later date. Burial will be at Blair Township's Maple Grove Cemetery.
Special thanks to John and Anne H. Lewis (Jackson, Miss.) and to Tom and Jane Hearon (both now deceased) for making sure we were always provided for in every way. Thanks to the following churches and their pastors and members who for years provided housing, food, transport, and other forms of watchcare and ministry whenever the Allens were stateside during years of service with IMB and on continuing on through the years following Jim's medical evacuation from the middle-east: Alta Woods Baptist Church, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Pinelake Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, all of Jackson, Miss; and to the Macedonian Call Foundation of Mississippi, for always providing the Allens with automobiles.
In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to Kalkaska Baptist Church, P. O. Box 872, Kalkaska, MI 49646, (231)258-2493 (In Memory of James D. Allen); International Mission Board, P.O. Box 767, Richmond, VA, (In Memory of James D. Allen); or Gideon's International, P. O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, (In Memory of Life Member: James D. Allen U2104.2, Antrim-Kalkaska Camp, MI.)
Published in www.morningstarpublishing.com on July 31, 2013