James Allen Obituary, Death – James Oscar Allen, Jr., 66, died unexpectedly at his home in Houston. On July 12, 1956, in Houston, his parents, James “Oscar” Allen, Sr. and Margaret Sue Heair Allen, welcomed him into the world. He had spent a long period working for Franklin Corporation before retiring. At one point, he was a member of both the Macedonia Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Houston.
James was well-known for his dedication to his profession. He was only infrequently absent from the Franklin office during his 34-year tenure. He and his brother, Johnny, also owned Allen Furniture. He’d work there all day and then drive to Franklin for the evening shift. Even when he retired, he continued to work long hours cutting wood and doing whatever else was needed. His CB teammates gave him the nickname “Mechanic Man.” He relished the time he spent outside. James was a loving and sympathetic father who cherished and looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren.
His daughters, Stephanie Allen and Carrie Allen, both of Houston, survive him, as do his son, Eric Allen; sisters, Janice Duncan (David) and Judy Barnett (Joe), both of Houston; sister-in-law, Ellen Allen, also of Houston; grandchildren, Jason McNease, Jayli “Lulu” McNease, Kayson Griffin, and Ryder Griffin; and a number of nieces and nephews. His father passed away before him. He was predeceased by Oscar and Sue Allen, as well as their daughter Jennifer K. Allen. Johnny Allen, his brother, died not long after him.
Funeral services will be held at Southern Funeral Home in Houston on the deceased’s birthday, November 12, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. (Saturday). Brother Steve Lampkin will preside over the event. Following the service, the burial will take place in Macedonia Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Southern Funeral Home on Saturday, November 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers for the funeral will include Jason McNease, Jack Clark, Jr., James Griffin, Kevin Griffin, Johnny “Bubba” Allen, Jr., and Adam Smith. At the funeral, Tommy Criddle, Jimmy “Bobo” Pettit, Michael James, Bill Hamilton, and Russel Lancaster will serve as honorary pallbearers. Raymond Rowland will also be in attendance.