LAWNDALE-Emory Allen, 84, went to sleep in his home and woke up in the presence of his precious Lord on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 25, 2010, following an extended illness.
Born August 27, 1926, in Cayce, S.C., Charles Emory Allen (known as Emory to his family and friends) was the youngest of three children. During his youth, his family relocated to Miami, Fla., where he went on to graduate from Miami Edison Senior High School. Being extremely patriotic, Emory joined the Army near the end of World War II. He married the love of his life, Wanda Lee Trent Allen, on Oct. 25, 1948. The union was blessed with a son and two daughters. Answering Uncle Sam's call, he returned to the Army for the Korean War, shipping out the day his first child was born.
Except for the two leaves of absence, during which he served in the Armed Forces, Emory worked for the U.S. Postal Service, starting in his teens and culminating with his retirement in 1982, as postmaster of Stuart, Fla. He and Wanda moved to Lawndale upon his retirement from the postal service. He loved living in Cleveland County, often saying, "I wasn't born here, but I got here quick as what I could." Shortly after arriving in North Carolina, Emory embarked on his second career. He was employed as an insurance agent for Western and Southern Life, until his retirement in 1992, making numerous friends among his many clients and co-workers. Not one to be idle for long, he worked part time at the service station in Lawndale for a short while during his retirement and later spent a few years working full time in the sports department of the Wal-Mart store in Shelby.
Emory was outgoing and enjoyed people, never meeting a stranger. Any endeavor he chose to pursue, no matter how great or small, he tackled with gusto. It's not surprising to those who knew him that one of his favorite Bible verses was Colossians 3:23, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men". He loved God and openly shared with others his personal relationship with his savior, Jesus Christ.
Emory is preceded in death by his parents, Leila Mae Crapps Allen and Robert C. Allen and his brother, Robert Lewis Allen.
Emory is survived by his devoted wife, of 62 years, Wanda Allen of Lawndale; one son, Charles "Chuck" Allen Jr. of Lawndale; two daughters, Janet Lerner and her husband, Nathan of Miami, Fla. and Judy Mendez and her husband, Frank of Lawndale; five grandchildren, Blake Barnett and his wife, Jennifer of Fresno, Calif., Joy Barnett of Pompano Beach, Fla., Cristine Ackley and her husband, Ryan of Gainsville, Fla. and Victoria Mendez and David Mendez, both of Lawndale and a sister, Gladys Ward of Florence, S.C.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, Shelby
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5 to7 p.m. Saturday at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston
Officiated By: The Revs. Jimmy Black and Kenneth Pruitt
Burial: Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery
Funeral home: Stamey Funeral Home is serving the family
Memorials: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to American Cancer Society
, 1599 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Online condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Published by Shelby Star on Nov. 27, 2010.