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James R. "Jim" Allen
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1929
Death: Feb. 14, 2012

MISSION - James R. "Jim" Allen, 83, of Mission, Texas, died Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Jim was an active member of The First Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas. He and his wife, Faye, moved to Mission from Harlingen, Texas in 1999 where they had been active members of First Baptist Church, HarIingen since 1984. He was active in nursing home ministry in Harlingen and McAllen for many years.

Jim was born on January 25, 1929 in Bradley, Arkansas. Graduating from Bradley High School at age 17, he then attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he completed his BA degree at age 20. In later years, he also did graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Jim began his Civil Service career after serving four years in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He first worked with the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, at the Natchez Trace Parkway, in Tupelo, Mississippi as Park Accountant; then transferred to the NPS Regional Office in Richmond, Virginia where he served as Regional Accountant; and finally, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee serving as Administrative Officer.

In 1961, he transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma serving first as Administrative Officer of the Supply Depot, then as Chief, Aviation Procurement Branch, and finally as Chief of the Procurement Division where he served the last 12 years of his career before retiring in 1979.

Following his retirement, Jim continued working part-time from 1981 to 1991 with his son Michael, owner of Allen Industrial Supply, Mission, Texas. Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed the fellowship of golfing with friends for 50 years. He was a former member of the HarIingen Country Club and later The Club at Cimarron in Mission.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Madison and Sigel Allen of Bradley, Arkansas; his brother John M. Allen and sister-in-law Sandra Allen of Hot Springs, Arkansas; father and mother-in-law Russell and Martha Smeltzer of Texarkana, Arkansas; brother and sister-in-law Paul T. and Gene Burke of Bossier City, Louisiana; and brother-in-law Raymond Harbison of Temple, Texas.

Jim is survived by his wife Wilma Faye Allen of Mission; son Michael Allen and daughter-in-law Rita; granddaughter Priscilla Smith and husband Christopher of Arlington, Texas; and granddaughter Mackenzie Allen of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by sister-in-law Frances Harbison of Temple, Texas; brother-in-law Aaron Smeltzer and wife Irene of Texarkana, Arkansas; sister-in-law Sue Ball and husband Burl of Alvin, Texas; and many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church in McAllen with Pastor Shannon Talley and Dr. Bill Sutton officiating. Entombment will follow at the Roselawn Cemetery, 1201 S. Main St., McAllen. Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons, McAllen Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 2671, McAllen, TX 78502-2671 or the Building Fund, First Baptist Church, 1200 Beech Ave., McAllen, Texas.

Published in The Monitor on February 16, 2012 
Roselawn Cemetery
Hidalgo County
Texas, USA
Created by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
Record added: Feb 16, 2012
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James R. Jim Allen
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U. S. Air Force Korean War.
- Judy Richards
 Added: Dec. 27, 2014
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The Korean War Service Medal (or Republic of Korea War Service Medal (ROKWSM)) is a decoration of South Korea which was first authorized in December 1950. Originally known as the Incident Participation Medal the medal was first authorized to South Korean ...(Read more)
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