Graveside services for Bill Allen, 83, of Marshall are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Vinson Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas with Pastor James Pike officiating, under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home of Jefferson, Texas.
William Thomas Allen was born on August 27th 1934 to William Michael Allen and Dorothy Louise Douglas Allen. Daddy Bill as he was lovingly known passed away the morning of February 5, 2018 from an extended battle with cancer. Daddy Bill was many things to many people. He was a veteran, serving in the National Guard from 1952 to 1955. He served in the United States Corps of 1st Infantry Division from 1957 to 1959 then the Civil Air Patrol from 1961 to 1968 where he honed his love for flying. He was a 171st Military Police Battalion Training Officer and served in the Texas State Guard from 1991 to 1996. He was the treasurer and a board member to the Shreveport Association for the blind where he helped to establish a charitable trust fund. He was a member of Cypress Valley Bible Church. He appreciated the balance and beauty that results from measurement and extensive planning. He was a craftsman of many mediums including woodworking. When once asked, he was proud to build a massive archangel float for Cypress Valley Bible Church to participate in the Wonderland of Lights Parade along with various other projects. He also made numerous trinkets, jewelry boxes and pinewood derby racecars for his granddaughters and friends. Mr. Bill was an electrician working multiple positions for Perky Power Plant and later retiring from SWEPCO after over 30 years. He loved flying recreationally with his daughter Deb and always cherished their breakfast dates. He loved flying model airplanes with his granddaughters and working in the yard with his wife. He found solace in knowledge and never stopped learning. He spent a lifetime documenting his family through photography. He was a “do anything for you” family man. He was a generously thoughtful “sweet old” man who will be dearly missed by all that have known him
William Allen was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years, Mozel “Mommy Mo” Dickson Allen; three sisters, Mary Allen White, Rose Allen Wheat, and Thelma Pam Allen Bennett; and his loving cousin Joyce Williamson and her husband T.J. Williamson.
He is survived by his only daughter Debbie Allen Parker and husband John Brad Parker; two granddaughters, Abby & Chelsea; his loving little sister Dorothy “Dot” Allen Karlsen and husband Ole. He is also survived by extended family that he loved so much including: Carol Ann Scott and son Mike, Doug Williamson and wife Adrienne, their son Jeff Williamson and wife Robin, Grant Colwell, Kevin Wheat, Tim Karlsen, & Ted Karlsen, Gail Colwell, Julie Wheat, Bjorn Karlsen, Anders Karlsen, and Anna Karlsen; Tammy Philbrick; and the Seal Family.
Honorary Pallbearers include Kevin Wheat, Michael Scott, Doug Williamson, Tim Karlsen, Grant Colwell, Jimmy Dixon, and Ted Karlsen.
Mr. Bill’s family would like to thank Marshall Homecare & Hospice for their genuine love and care. Thank you to the entire homecare and hospice staff for seeing us through our journey. Thank you to Debbie Gaither, Barbara Gould, and all the sitters who have been with us over the years. Thank you to Ron and Daddy Bill’s neighbors who were always there to lend a helping hand. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Sandra White Hospice Care Foundation at 111 East Burleson Street in Marshall Texas and to Cypress Valley Bible Church at 4190 West Pinecrest Drive in Marshall, Texas.