Jessie Davis Allen, 78, of Wichita Falls, died Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Floral Heights Methodist Church with Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
Mr. Allen was born Dec. 12, 1934 in Higgins to John Hudson and Lillie (Stabel) Allen. He was a graduate of Higgins High School. Jessie later attended Midwestern State University. He and Carolyn Potter were married on June 7, 1958 in Wichita Falls. Jessie worked for Central Freight as a dock foreman for 37 years retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Floral Heights United Methodist Church and of the Merle Anthony Bible Class. For the past 10 years, he worked at the Stepping Stones and Development Day Care. He drove the Latch Key for Kids church bus and worked as a volunteer for the church food pantry. He was an avid bowler for more than 30 years, who traveled to several national bowling tournaments. He coached Little League baseball and football teams.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert H. Allen.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Allen of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Kathy Bedrosian and husband Gary of Cypress, and Terri DeFore and husband Lt. Col. Greg DeFore of Wichita Falls; a son, Jeffery Allen and wife Cheryl of Dean; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the funeral home.
Memorial can be made to Floral Heights United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 2214 10th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76309; or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.