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Thomas Russell Allen Jr.

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Allen Thomas Russell Allen, Jr., 89 years old, died on May 4, 2017, at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Allen was born in Beckley, West Virginia, to Thomas R. Allen and Hallie Lowe Allen. He served our country in the U.S. Army as a communications sergeant at Fort Hood, Texas. Following his graduation from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia, Mr. Allen was employed by Columbia Gas in Charleston, WV and Columbus, OH. Mr. Allen was multi-talented and enjoyed many hobbies and interests throughout his life. He was a ham radio operator following his Army service. He built and flew RC airplanes and later enjoyed building model boats. His work was detailed, meticulous, and flawless. He belonged to several square-dancing clubs in both West Virginia and Florida. And, of course, there are many friends and family members who enjoyed and will remember him for his wine-making expertise. Mr. Allen was predeceased by his wife Helen Smith Allen, of St. Albans, West Virginia. He is survived by his children and their families, Rebecca Barkhurst, Tampa, Florida, Elizabeth Ivers, Winnetka, Illinois, Thomas R. Allen, III, Fairfax, California, Clifford Todd Allen, Ocala Florida and Martha Jo Peirce, Columbia, South Carolina. He was a beloved grandfather to 14 and great-grandfather of two. He leaves behind a special lady, Jeri Matterson of Safety Harbor, Florida. There will be a private service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, on a future date.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 16, 2017
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