Walter A Allen

walter allen

Walter A. Allen , 63 ,  died Thursday, May 18, 2023 at FirstHealth Hospice House, with his loving wife, Cathy, by his side.

Walter was a son of the late Ervin and Bertie Dunn Allen, the youngest of 16 children. He was  a loving son, brother, husband, father, son in law, brother in law, uncle, step G. Pa and step  great G. Pa. Walter was a fixer, working on knitting machines in the textile industry for many years.  He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and appreciating God’s creation. Walter had a personality that drew people to him, especially children.  His smile and laugh will be fondly remembered.  Walter was a comedian, jokester, ready with a joke and prank for everyone.   Anyone who ever met Walter, loved Walter.  He had a heart of gold and shared it with everybody. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings: Maggie Sheffield, Robert Allen, Clinton Allen, Frances Allen, Shirley “Sissy” Adkins.

Walter is survived by his wife, of 34 years, Cathy; daughter: Billie Jo Lambeth (Will); siblings: Grace Lemonds (Jack), Annie Mae Perkins, Thomas “TB” Allen (Patty), Bill Allen, Linda Greene, Clyde Allen, Gary Allen, Donald Allen, Junior Allen (Joyce), Steven Allen (Jackie);  step grandchildren: Colby Lambeth, Skylar Lambeth; step great grandchild: Addalyn; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM, Monday, May 22, 2023  at Union Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

Memorial may be made to FirstHealth Hospice or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Allen family.

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  1. Cathy and Family,

    What a pleasure it has been to meet and get to know you and Walter. You have made a great team, and have provided some laughs for us.

    Walter was so fortunate to have you be his caregiver. What an outstanding job that you have done, Cathy.

    May you feel God’s peace and loving arms around you right now, and know that we are here for you anytime you need us.

  2. Dearest Cathy,
    I wish I could put my arms around you and take away the hurt.
    Love you,
    Linda & Mark

  3. To: Family and Friends,
    (We worked together for several yrs. at Candor Hosiery.)
    I am so sorry for your loss. Walter was a great fixer at the hosiery mill, and friend as well. He could put a smile on any one’s face.
    Such a friendly and helpful friend. May you find solace in knowing that Walter will never be forgotten and his memories will
    live forever in our hearts.
    When we lose someone dear, the challenge isn’t to learn to live without them but to learn to live with the love they left behind.
    Please remember this beautiful Bible verse: “I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.
    You have all of my sympathy during this time of deepest sorrow.

  4. So sorry! Our sincere condolences and prayers for you and the family. He will truly be missed.

  5. To Cathy and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. May you feel Gods peace and love during this time of grief. Prayers for you and your family.

  6. I love you gpa, I hate you never got to meet sweet Addie but I will make sure she knows how awesome you were. I will see you again someday and that day will be filled with joy and laughter ❤️

  7. So sorry to hear of Walters passing. We were good friends in high school, spent a many a breaks out at the “smoking barrel”. Rest high on that mountain buddy. Prayers for the family.

  8. It was an honor knowing you Mr. A. I hope you are enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee with your fellow angels. Rest peacefully my friend.

  9. Cathy I am so sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there for you right now. Love you, Gwyn

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