Russell King "Buddy" Allen Jr.
ALLEN, Russell "Buddy" King, Jr., age 96, died on January 10, 2021. He was preceded in death by two longtime wives, Jean Q. Allen and Roselind B. Allen; and sons, Russell "Rusty" King Allen III and Lee Alfred Allen. Buddy was a World War II Army veteran, a Bronze Star Recipient and a German POW. He retired from C&P Telephone Company in 1978. Buddy Captained his own Charter Boat; The Buddy-Lee out of Deltaville, Va., for 38 years. He was a member of Westhampton United Methodist Church. Buddy is survived by his son, Russell Wesley B. Allen (Sheila); grandchildren, Brian Lee Allen and Tara Allen-Mayo; and a large extended family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229, where a funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Interment will follow in Westhampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va. 23238.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jan. 17, 2021.
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22
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Woody Funeral Home Parham
1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229
Jan
23
Funeral service
10:30a.m.
Woody Funeral Home Parham
1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229
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To honor my father Buddy, In case you did not know, Buddy´s passion was fishing! He told me his father had a koi goldfish pond in his backyard. From an early age, Buddy would catch and release the fish. Some of the fish would die. His father would replace the fish and wonder why they were dying. He got salt water in his veins from his father´s "rivah" house at Coles Point on the Potomac River. He knew a lot of people from his 38 years of charter boat fishing on his boat the "Buddy Lee." He was part of a network and community of captains in Deltaville VA on the Chesapeake Bay. He did not consider it work, it was just a way to pay for the boat and expenses so he could boat ride and fish for "free"! His favorite thing was to see the excitement of children when they caught their first fish on the "Buddy Lee." Buddy´s life plan was forever altered with the death of his childhood sweetheart and first wife Jean, his youngest son Lee, and his mother in law in an auto accident. He took comfort and married Roselind who he knew as a child from the Westhampton neighborhood growing up. Roselind told me he charged her a nickel to ride his pet pony Pete. Buddy worked for C&P phone company for 28 years. After retirement, Buddy and Roselind enjoyed the RV lifestyle, exploring Florida and taking cruises, until they settled in an adult retirement community in Fort Meyers. They were snowbirds, chasing the summer lifestyle. Buddy had a center console boat so he could fish in the Gulf of Mexico when he was away from his Buddy Lee. I would like to thank the Boykin, Clark, and Mesco families for all your support of Buddy and giving him a loving extended family with lots of children. He loved children and would always perk up when he was around them. He told me that after his capture by the Germans in WWII, every day was a bonus day. He said he could of been killed right there and then. He had many bonus days from 20 to 96 years. Due to the pandemic, Buddy had to live in isolation and solitude the last year of his life. I would call him "inmate" Allen. I would get the tragic privilege of "springing" him out of the nursing home once a month to have his catheter changed. At least I got to see and talk to him. When I would get him outside, he would always comment how pretty the sky was- something we all take for granted. Buddy called me on Christmas Eve and told me he tested positive for COVID 19. He died on his first wife sister´s birthday. I think he was invited to the birthday party in heaven and he decided to go. I have always been proud to call Buddy my father. He was the last of his generation in my family. -Wesley
Wesley Allen
January 22, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Our Prayers and thoughts are with Family and Friends at this very difficult time. NEW VISION TELEPHONE PIONEERS RICHMOND COUNCIL
Mary Simons
January 17, 2021