James  Allen

James Adams Allen, the son the late Brother Allen and Annie Bell Adams Allen, was born on September 4, 1946, in Madison, Georgia. He graduated from Pearl High School in 1966 and was drafted into the United States Army. James received an honorable discharge after two years of service. Upon his return to Madison, he worked for Pennington Seed, Morgan County Middle School, and the Morgan County Recreation Department. In the late 70s, James began working at General Motors Assembly Plant, where he worked faithfully until he retired in 2008. On December 26, 1972, he was united in holy matrimony with Betty Jean Davis, and this union was blessed with two children, James A. Allen II and Shannon Allen. James was a proud member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served on the Senior Usher Board and went on to become President of Senior Ushers. He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to everyone he met. He had a pleasant personality and was sure to make you smile or laugh in his presence. His passion was aiding and working with children in the community. James enjoyed taking the youth on trips to the fair, away basketball games, Six Flags, or the swimming pool, and volunteering in the concession stand at Morgan County High School. He received a host of awards from the church, and his family including in 1986, he received the Father of the Year Award from Head Start, the Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Pearl-Burney Alumni Association, and Man of the Year Award from Pastor Hoke L. Smith (1993), to name a few. James was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Annie McClelland and Delores Carter. James leaves behind to cherish his many memories his devoted wife of 48 years, Betty D. Allen; his loving children, James A. Allen II (Tiffany) and Shannon Allen Veasley (Nicholas); a special great-nephew who was like a son, DaMarkeo McClelland; six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends. Services entrusted to Bernard's Family Funeral Care were held on June 23 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Hoke Smith officiating.

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