|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1922|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 2015|
Mr. Charles Allen spent many hours searching, traveling and obtaining much data on his family genealogy, (Hartsell and Allen families) Documented to immigrant ancestor to 1472 in England.
Mr. Allen served three years as chaplain for Arkansas Society Sons of American Revolution.
Charles served many years as an Elder for Maul Road Church of Christ. He served over the years as full time interim preacher for several small churches of Christ. He loved to fill the pulpit when needed to preach the good news of the gospel. After finishing college and being employed with income he refused to accept money from the churches.
He said: "It has been a great life, just a gospel preacher."
CHARLES LENARD ALLEN was born Oct. 22, 1922, Stephens, Ouachita County, Arkansas. On Aug. 8, 1948 he was married at Louann, Arkansas to DAVIE ELAINE COFFEY (born March 4, 1926, Ashland, La.), the daughter of David M. Coffey and Sally Joyner.
The family moved several times before they finally settled in Louann, Arkansas. Charles attended elementary and high schools at Louann, where he especially enjoyed participation in public speech and sports lettering in basketball, track and baseball. He entered Magnolia A & M College in 1941 as a pre-legal student, but was called from the Army Reserves to active duty in May 1943.
Completion of basic training at Lawton, Oklahoma and subsequent shipment overseas to England led to an assignment for Charles in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1944. This assignment would lead to many memories of interesting people and events. Training was first with the British Special Forces, then to OSS Detachment with the First Army, and then to OSS Detachment Ninth Army. Allen and five other men were recruited to join the OSS by William Colby, the first men to join that organization which was a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Allen was assigned to an operation called "Melanie Mission" from September 1944 to March 1945. They were stationed in the city of Eindhoven in unoccupied Southern Holland, across the Wall River from Nazi occupied Northern Holland. The main mission was to send civilian agents across the Wall River into Northern Holland to find German camps, identify insignia, locate manufaction works, gun employment, and general headquarters. Prince Bernhard of Holland lived with the men for several weeks and Melanie Mission worked very closely with him and his intelligence forces as well as with the British Intelligence.
On October 7, 1982 a special ceremony was held in Washington D.C. The ceremony had been delayed for several years so that the event would coincide within the framework of the 1982 bicentennial celebration of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard presented awards to his former comrades for their help in Freeing Holland From the Nazi. Charles L. Allen was presented the Dutch Resistance Cross Medal for his involvement in the OSS Melanie Mission.
After the war ended, Charles completed his education at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. In 1948, he married Miss Davie Elaine Coffey of Louann. Both Charles and Davie followed the teaching profession until 1950. In that year, Charles, who was a superintendent of schools, was recalled to military service during the Korean conflict. Upon discharge from the military, Charles began a postal career as a rural mail carrier which would continue for more than thirty years. In addition to his career as a mail carrier, Charles has been pastor of the Two Bayou Church of Christ in Camden for a number of years. He preached his first sermon at age 15. In this work, he has aided in the growth of the Church of Christ.
Charles Allen died July 29, 2015 in Little Rock, AR. He was a member of Two Bayou Church of Christ. He is preceded in death by his wife, Davie Elaine Allen and daughter, Sally Elaine Allen. He is survived by his wife, Oleta Shepard Allen; son, David Allen of Oark; daughter, Caryn Lender and husband, Jamey of Louann; grandson, Paul Hodge; stepson, Steve Shepard and wife, Renee; stepdaughter, Betty Colbert and husband, Kenny; and a number of step grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Memorial Park Cemetery. James Nixon will officiate the service. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Friday at Proctor Funeral Home.
William Leonard Allen (1888 - 1956)
Nobie Hartsell Allen (1890 - 1978)
Davie Elaine Coffey Allen (1926 - 2007)
Odwin Clay Allen (1910 - 1995)*
Charles Leonard Allen (1922 - 2015)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Ray Taylor
Record added: Feb 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65006670