J. Howard  Allen


James Howard Allen, 95, of Tallahassee passed away at Allegro Senior Living Facility on 4/13/19.
He served during World War II in the United States Navy as a Quartermaster on a minesweeper, the USS Pattison, stationed on Guam in the South Pacific. Following his tour of duty, he pursued a Bachelor's Degree in physical education and math from Union College in Kentucky, a Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate from Indiana University. He began his career at Mitchell College in Statesville, NC serving as both Dean of Students and a teacher. The rest of his career was spent in administration serving as Dean in colleges and universities throughout the southeast. In 1990, he retired from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.
His wife, Jo Ann Roberts Allen, preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters, Laura (Peter) Watkins of Tallahassee, and Ruth Allen of Athens, GA and a son, Jon Allen of Cookeville, TN. He was Papa to 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by family and friends as a loving father and Papa, an avid gardener, an artist, a puzzle and book lover, and a very kind, congenial gentleman. The family would like to thank the following: Mary Black for her love and consistent care, Allegro Senior Living staff for being his family and loving him for the last 11 years, and Big Bend Hospice for their expertise and unwavering support.
A graveside service will be held at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, KY on April 29th at 1:30. A celebration of Howard's life is planned for local friends and family on May 18th at 11:00 in Allegro's chapel.
Published on April 23, 2019
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Whitney and Maggy Dunlap
May 03, 2019
Laura, Ruth Ann and Jon,
We knew your parents from Richmond FUMC. They watched our two boys grow up; I worked with your mom who helped with Mrs. Sweet administer funds twice a week through our Sharing Ministry to those in need. She was such a gracious, lovely lady with such poise and one who was a great role model.

Your dad was among some of the kindest gentlemen I have ever known. There is a group of men at Richmond FUMC that are from "days gone by" and when we lose one my heart breaks just a little more.

Your parents were role models for not just us, but for my kids who saw such stately, gentlemen; kind, good men who, regardless of their intelligence, still had time to work with the
... children in the church or clean dishes with us on Wednesday nights at church.

I visited your Dad a lot as your mom was working through her final months; we cried together only to hear you mom say to us, "you two stop it; if I can bear it so can you"! I have missed your dad so much; we have long lost touch, I regret not finding him in his last move.

Please know we loved both your parent! Who couldn't?
Whitney and Maggy Dunlap
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Mary Jane Howell
Apr 28, 2019
Laura, Ruth Ann, and Jon,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember visiting your house when we were college roommates. I will always remember finding Paul's dog Dylan from across the street visiting you Dad for treats. He was such a nice, kind man. I am sure you will miss him much. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Ruth Allen
Apr 27, 2019
I just wanted the people of Richmond to know how much all of you meant to my Dad. When I visited him last month in Tallahassee, I remarked on an amazing sunset view we had from the hospital and my sister told me that Dad said there was never a sunset as good as the ones in Kentucky. Thanks fo all of you who loved him and looked in on him his last couple of years there. Special thanks to the United Methodist Church as well. I know he missed your fellowship tremendously. And extra thanks to Carol and Heather at the Richmond Greenhouse. My love of flowers can be solely attributed to my Dad and you all. Thanks for all the love.
Carol Mays Moore
Apr 23, 2019
Deepest Condolences to the Family,
From : Carol & Heather
Richmond Greenhouse & Flower Shop
Richmond, Ky 40475