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Joe Henry Allen, Jr.

January 1, 1932 - March 7, 2021

U.S. Veteran

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Virginia Memorial Park at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lee Cannon officiating.

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Joe Henry Allen, Jr., 89, of Forest, passed peacefully at Carriage Hill Nursing Home Sunday, March 7, 2021 after a long and hard-fought battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was the husband of the late Dorothy “Dot” Allen.

Born in Eden, N.C. on January 1, 1932, Joe was the son of the late Joe Henry Allen, Sr., and Frances French Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Walker Allen; his four siblings, Rachel Audrey, William Penn, Harry Lee, and Charlene Allen Kelly; sister-in-law Myra Allen; and brothers-in-law Willie Kelly and John D. Tate.

Joe, or “Henry” as his N.C. family knew him, grew up on his family’s tobacco farm in Eden, N.C. He enlisted in the Marines in 1950 and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, the same year. He was a proud Korean War veteran and a lifetime member of Marine Corps League 759. In 1959, Joe moved the family to Lynchburg to begin his over 40-year career with General Electric (subsequently Erickson, Harris, and Tyco). However, his real loves were farming, Angus cattle, and family, not necessarily in that order. He was known as Papa to his three grandchildren and Papa Joe to so many others. He adored spending time with his grandchildren, taking them on trips to Disney, various beaches, and many other adventures. Joe also took great pleasure in his role as “master of the stew pot” as he welcomed family, neighbors, and friends to the annual Allen Family Stew.

Joe will be remembered as a kind and generous father, husband, Papa, father-in-law, uncle, and friend.  He will be dearly missed.

Joe is survived by his sons Steven, Michael (Cindie), and Gregory; daughter Angela (David) Blanks; grandchildren Sarah (Donovan) Huffer, Victoria (Brad) Carner, and Tyler Blanks; great-grandchildren Wyatt Carner and Charlotte Huffer; sisters-in-law Geneva Allen, Betty Tate, and Ruth Walker; brother-in-law Bud Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members.

He will lie in state at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Virginia Memorial Park at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lee Cannon officiating.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Virginia Memorial Park at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lee Cannon officiating.

To those considering a memorial donation in Joe’s name, please consider the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn GA, 30041 (www.lbda.org).

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

 

Allen, Joe MF





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