The Rev. James Howard Allen

The family of the Rev. Allen received friends Monday from 4-8 p.m. and will be receiving friends Tuesday from noon until the service at Sellars Funeral Home.  The funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Kevin Allen and the Rev. Scott Armstrong, is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 2 p.m.  Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial immediately following the service.

The Rev. Allen, age 86, passed away Dec. 29, 2013.

Brother Allen was a minister for the United Pentecostal Church organization since 1958.  He was an entrepreneur; he started Sport Outfitters in 1977, and had Tennessee House Movers for more than 50 years.  At age 77, he moved several of the buildings in Fiddler’s Grove. His later years were spent with his family, and in his last year, he was creating artistic birdhouses. He is now reunited with his sweetheart of 66 years, Verbie Allen.

He is survived by his children, Verbie Jo (Mike) Davis, Bobby (Joyce) Allen, Janice Cox, Pamela (Ron) Franklin; grandchildren, Melissa Byrd, Michael John Grammer, Erick Creasey, Kevin Allen, Joe Hager, Keith Boykin, Kenneth Boykin, Brandon Allen; six brothers; four sisters; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Verbie Allen; parents, Tommy and “Artie” Lissie Ervin Allen; and two sisters. 

Pallbearers will be Michael John Grammer, Erick Creasey, Kevin Allen, Joe Hager, Keith Boykin, Kenneth Boykin, Brandon Allen and Melissa Byrd.

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-9393, obits 615-758-8818.

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