(July 16, 1943 – February 12, 2021)
Jimmie (Jim) Frank Allen was born July 16, 1943 to Guy A. Allen and Daphne Dixie (Cummings) Allen in Bakersfield, California. On February 12, 2021 he went to be with His Lord and Savior. He graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1961 and then attended Bakersfield College. He chose to follow a family tradition of service to his country; and joined the United States Army where he proudly served from October 1962 to October 1968. He loved his country and honored other veterans every year as he put out flags on soldier’s graves in the family cemetery, a tradition we started after his son died. The flag at their home proudly flies at half-mast in his honor.
After serving in the military, Jimmie came home and soon began his 36-year career at Southern Pacific Railroad, where he was a Diesel Electrician and advanced into management.
He met his beloved wife, Nancy Page, a small-town Texas girl in California, introduced by their (cupid) pastor. It was love that evolved quickly. They were engaged within 3 weeks of dating and then married 3 months later. They married November 22, 1968 in Bakersfield. They were able to spend more than 52 years of their lives together.
After years of moving around in California from plant to plant the Allen’s found their way to Texas. Houston, El Paso, back to Houston and finally Fort Worth where he retired from Union Pacific Railroad in 2004. His retirement dream was to move to Gustine and farm on the Page farm, and that dream finally came to fruition. He has done his share of farming, fencing, watching for new calves, fishing on the Leon River, and enjoying the country life.
Jim was a long-time member of the Baptist Church and found peace in knowing he would be going Home. He served the church as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and RA leader.
Jim served his community by volunteering with Big Brother’s and working with the Homecoming in Gustine, his adopted home.
Jimmie F. Allen is survived by his wife, Nancy Page Allen, of Gustine, daughters Christine Levy and husband Peter of Fort Worth, and Cynthia Newton, of Gustine. He leaves behind a legacy in his grandchildren: Zachary (Brielyn) Siebenmann, Melody (Tyler) Turner, Breandan Levy; Caleb Allen Newton, Dakota Newton, Quanah Page Newton, Christopher (Krissie) Newton, Brynette (Rob) Daniels, Kyle Newton; Mary Allen, Sarah (Joe) Herbert, and Krista Woolverton. The legacy continues with great grandchildren: Raedriel Iris Siebenmann and Jackson Daniels. He is also survived by his Aunt Arcy Armistead and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by son SSG Stephen E. Allen, parents – Guy and Dixie Allen, sister Diana Decobert, and brother Brad Allen. He was also predeceased by his “other family” members: Geo. B. and Cora Page, Willene Garlitz, and George A. (Buster) Page.
Funeral Service will be held Sunday February 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church Gustine, Texas with internment to follow at Trickham Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be Saturday February 20, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin, Texas. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, Gustine PO Box 152, Gustine, Texas 76455 or Trckham Cemetery Association 289 PR 2181, Santa Anna, Texas 76878.