February 27, 2008
Fleet Devotion Allen, of Mooresville, NC, 87, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Genesis Elder Care in Mooresville.
He was born September 25, 1920, in Marshville, NC to the late Jesse B. Allen and Bronie Staton Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: two brothers, Jap and Ray Allen, and three sisters, Dove Scholl, Edith Covington, and Pines Davis.
From 1942-1970 Dr. Allen served as Agriculture Extension Agent in Pasquotank, Randolph and Moore Counties. Following his retirement from extension service and earning his doctorate in statistics from NC State, Dr. Allen served as Director of Research and Development at Sandhills Community College from 1971-78. Dr. Allen also served for 8 years on the General Board of the NC Baptist State Convention, 7 years as treasurer of the Sandhills Baptist Association, and as a Trustee of the Baptist Children's Homes of NC from 1987-91.
Dr. Allen will be remembered for his great faith in God, service to his church, love of children, and his protection and care for his family. His sense of humor, great story-telling ability, and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by: his wife, Virginia Woods Allen, of 64 years; daughter Betty Henderson and son-in-law Jerry of Fayetteville; daughter Peggy Williamson and son-in-law Andrew of Mooresville; and three sisters, Mildred Allen of Marshville, Pat Neel of Burlington, and Evelyn Lee Mangum of Winston-Salem.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, February 29, 2008, at 2:00 at Carthage First Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Tom Herndon and Dr. Michael Blackwell. The family will be receiving at 1:00 in the sanctuary. Internment will be following the service at Garden Catacomb Memorial at Cross Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or to First Baptist Church, PO Box 824, Carthage, NC 28327.
Fry-Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage is handling arrangements for the Allen family. Online condolences may be made at: www.fryandprickett.com