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William "Billy" Allen

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William "Billy" Allen Obituary
Billy Allen has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it's true. My man is no longer with us. He died on July 24 at 11:11 as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity. His beloved gospel music was playing and we were holding hands. Although frail in body at the last, he was always mentally alert and retained his sense of humor and curiosity until the end. Charming, witty, kind, fierce, funny and so very tolerant, Billy was a much loved husband, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend. He wasn't simply a part of our family. He was the glue that bound us together. He was the heart of our family. We loved him so very much. He was the kindest and most caring husband, son, brother, and friend. Former literary editor of Esquire and author Adrienne Miller said, "He was the most amazing person I've known-a colossus. There are no words."

He was born in the western Pennsylvania coal mining town of Edenborn on October 19, 1941.The foundations of his life were family, hard work, education, church, and helping anyone in need. Moving to New York City from Pennsylvania, he continued his education at an all-boys school in New York City. From University of Wisconsin-Madison to Cornell University where he met his wife of 37 years, to online learning, education was always a significant part of his life.

For many years, Billy was an elected union representative for the Transport Workers Union, Local 100 in Brooklyn, NY. Negotiation and grievance handling utilized his skills on a daily basis. It was while in Brooklyn that he began Allen Tax Associates. The 32-year old business was a huge success and grew to service both New York and Delaware. Mr. Allen served in the US Navy. He was present as the US Navy ships stood watch miles of the coast during the Cuban missile crisis, and he served during the Vietnam War. He also served in the US Army Reserve.

He moved to one of the historic houses in Odessa, Delaware in 1991. In Delaware he was active in local Democratic party politics and served as a councilman on the Odessa Town Council. He loved his historic home, the town and its very special citizens. All his life he lived by one code – every person deserved to be treated with dignity and given a helping hand when needed. He believed that man was judged by how they treat "the least among us."

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margaret Chandler Derrickson, his sisters and brothers George Allen, Joan Eichelberger, Dolores Allen Brown, Marvin Allen, and, Margaret Allen Leak, and his nieces and nephews. Sisters Irma Lee Allen and Frances Allen Hasty are deceased.

We are devastated beyond words, and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him. We are in shock and grief. We ask that our privacy is respected at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Delaware Food Bank, Sunday Breakfast Mission.

A memorial/celebration of life for Mr. Billy Allen will be held at the Historic Odessa Foundation's Old Bank Building on October 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Published in Middletown Transcript from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10, 2018
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