February 24, 1936 - September 28, 2019
James Benton Allen, Sr., age 83, of Clinton, was born February 24, 1936 in Jerusalem, the 2nd of eight children, passed from this life September 28, 2019 at Perry County Nursing and Rehab Center. He was preceded in death by his parents: Andy and Marylou Allen; two sisters: Lola Ulrey and Judy Freeman; and great grandson, Stone Martin. He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Geraldine Wilson Allen; five children: J. Benton (Susie) Allen, Jr. of Gilbert, Sonja Allen (Tom) Drew of Clinton; J. Dean (Kendra) Allen of Rangely, Colorado, Katrina Allen (Harrell) Hosman of Greenbrier, and Kandi Allen (Jeff Matthews) of Conway; along with 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters: Mary Ann Fowler, Evelyn Baxley, Rita Gipson, and Gloria Seward; and one brother: Paul David Allen. Benton was a Christian and a lifelong educator having gained a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Education from Harding University and University of Arkansas. He began his career as an English teacher then later Superintendent and Adult Basic Education Supervisor for GED programs in the State. He was a member of the Church of Christ and loved A Capella singing. He especially loved to lead singing. He loved his heritage, where he grew up and his family background, always talking about Granny’s Hollow, Pleasant View Community near Jerusalem. He was known at the nursing home as “Benton from Clinton”. Pallbearers are grandsons: Bo Allen, Josh Allen, Jared McCormac, Ryan Lewis, Gavin Drew, Drew Canterbury, Dalton Dembowski, and James Benton Allen, III. The family wants to give a special thank you to Perry County Nursing and Rehab Center staff. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Jerusalem Church of Christ with Benton Allen, Jr. and Dean Allen officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Creek Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
James Benton Allen, Sr., age 83, of Clinton, was born February 24, 1936 in Jerusalem, the 2nd of eight children, passed from this life September 28, 2019 at Perry County Nursing and Rehab Center. He was preceded in death by his parents:... View Obituary & Service Information
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