Born Dec. 13, 1920, in Brickeys, Ark., son of the late Sherman and Rosie Beaird Allen, he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in WWII where he received the EAME Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was a farm laborer.
On Oct. 17, 1946, he married Lizzie Farmer, who survives.
Survivors also include three sons, R.C. Gates, of Wardell, David Allen, Jr., of Christian, Tenn., and Lacey Allen, of Kennett; four daughters, Odessa Gates, of Chicago, Ill., Sandra Jones, of Portageville, Mo., Linda Barnes, of Sacramento, Calif., and Jeanette Thompson, of Memphis, Tenn.; a god-daughter, Bertha Moore, of Caruthersville, Mo.; four sisters, Thelma Bullock, of Gary, Ind., Earnestine Butler, of Chicago, Ethel Spears, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lille Allen, of Tallassee, Ala.; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Albert Allen; one brother, Shurian Allen; two grandchildren, Eric Allen and Albert White, Jr.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 22, at the St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church in Homestown, Mo.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, March 22, at the St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Emmanuel Lofton officiating.
Burial will follow in the Homestown Cemetery.