Mar. 1, 1956 Roanoke Rapids Halifax County North Carolina, USA
Jun. 7, 2011 Chesapeake Chesapeake City Virginia, USA
CHESAPEAKE — Carlton Brantley Allen, 55, laid claim to the promise of the resurrection Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in a local hospital.
He was the son of Maxine M. Earley and the late Carlton D. Allen, and was predeceased by his stepfather, James N. Earley. Brantley is survived by his mother, Maxine M. Earley and a stepmother, Mary Allen of Jackson, N.C. He is also survived by two brothers, James N. Earley II and sister-in-law, Phyllis R. Earley, a niece, Alacia L. Earley, a nephew, B. Nathan Earley; and Christopher L. Earley and sister-in-law, Carie D. Earley and nieces, Kelsey Smith and Avalon Earley. There are also numerous beloved aunts and cousins.
Brantley was a 1974 graduate of Great Bridge High School, and held a baccalaureate degree in political science from Virginia Wesleyan College (1978), and another in secondary education from Old Dominion University (1986). He was a high school teacher in U.S. government and economics and later in his career, worked as a tutor for the Sylvan Learning Center. He was also a faculty sponsor for the Key Club, while at Great Bridge High. Brantley was devoted to family and a wide array of friends and spent many happy hours as a "gentleman farmer," keeping a backyard garden that was the envy of the neighborhood. He freely gave away extraordinary, home-grown, fresh vegetables and produce all season long. He also tended roses along the borders of his "farm." As a member of the Body of Christ in Great Bridge United Methodist Church, Brantley served as usher and gracious supporter of, and participant in, its life and ministry.