VERNON HENRY ALLISON
1953 - 2021
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VERNON HENRY ALLISON, better known as "Punkin", 67, gained his wings on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born July 29, 1953, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of James and Ruby Allison. Punkin graduated from Fort Wayne's Central High School and Ivy Tech Community College. He was a member of Summit Church and attended Broadway Christian Church. He was employed by Fort Wayne Community Schools and Lincoln Financial Group before his health began to fail. Punkin was gifted with a natural born talent as an artist. His advanced quick sketch skills were evident very early in his childhood. Loved and adored by his family, his warm and engaging personality endeared him to nearly everyone. His excitement and pride for the people of his native Fort Wayne, added to his popularity. He was quite the social butterfly. Punkin was a big hit on the grill with his farmer friends, vending their food at area fairs and festivals. His involvement in the city's basketball leagues began over 20 years ago as a top assistant in Walter Jordan's Future Stars basketball league. He was a favorite at the University of Saint Francis' basketball scorer's table. Despite his ill health, many admired and appreciated his energy. Punkin leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Edgnee Nicole Hathaway; grandchildren, Marquis and Key'osha Hathaway; great-grandchildren, Malaysia and Anthony Hathaway; sisters, Jeanette (Lucius) Bearfield, Veronica Montgomery of Indianapolis, his twin Vadie (Darrell) Strozier of Detroit, Ruby Allison, Mary (Warren) Thomas of Vicksburg Miss., and Cheryle (Gary) Underwood; brothers, James Allison Jr. of Middletown, R.I., Roland Allison, Darrell and Robert Allison, both of San Diego; aunts, Katie Daniels of Indianapolis and Evelyn Sims of Richardson, Texas; special cousins, Debra Simmons of Richardson, Texas, Margaret Belcher and Evelyn Whitfield; special friend, Walter Jordan of Atlanta; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Punkin was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Joann M. Turner. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Due to COVID restrictions, a private family service will be held Friday. Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Vernon's name.


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
A true servant, a loyal friend and my brother who will be gravely missed by many! I already miss our weekly chats for the last forty years! My heart hurts! Prayers of comfort, strength and love goes out to his family, and our entire community! Punkin belonged to us all! As we always said, “I’ll see you later!” Love Ya Man! RIP!

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Walter Jordan
Brother
February 24, 2021
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February 24, 2021
Punkin will be missed, he never met a stranger. Punkin treated me with the upmost respect and friendship. May The Life He Lived Speak For Him My Condolences To The Allison Family
Shirley Miles
Friend
February 23, 2021
Our sympathy and prayers to the Allison family. Rejoice in the memories and love shared with him.

Your cousins,
Linda & Mark Childress
Family
February 22, 2021
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Mary and Larry Banks
Classmate
February 22, 2021
R.I.P. PUNKIN...1971 CENTRAL CLASSMATE
Dartanya Jennings-Brodie
Classmate
February 21, 2021
My dear uncle Punkin! I love you and I will never forget our talks ❤ Your memory will live forever!
Rosemary Thomas
Family
February 21, 2021
He was P-Funk; my Big Head brother and I loved him Dearly.
Mary Thomas(sis)
Sister
February 21, 2021
R.I.H My Central High Schoolmate friend forever. You’re going to be deeply missed. Rest In Heavenly Peace...
Pamela Brown
Friend
February 21, 2021
I knew the Allison family and remember them from my childhood, good people indeed. My sympathy and condolences to the family regarding your great loss with prayers for your healing and comfort, God Blessing,.......
Acie Chapman, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Friend
February 21, 2021
God Blessings to my Allison Family. May you find strength and comfort in God, Family and friends. Cherish the joy and memories Punkin brought to you. We Love all of you. "Your Mississippi family,"
Donna Anderson
Family
February 21, 2021
I'm missing you. I know I should be rejoicing, but I’m not there yet!! I knew it was coming. I saw you getting weaker. I felt it in my soul. Now, I have to waddle out of Evelyn’s by myself. I will love ❤ you till my last breath. May your soul be at peace.
Margaret Belcher
Family
February 21, 2021
Love you bro. Say hello to everyone. We'll see you soon.
Darrell Allison and Family
Brother
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