Services for John Mark Allen Jr., 61, Tyler, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home chapel, Overton, with the Rev. Curtis Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in Mason Cemetery, Arp, with military honors.
Mr. Allen died Monday, April 1, 2013, in a Tyler hospital. He was born April 7, 1951, in Overton to Mary Lewis Allen and the late John Mark Allen Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
serving in the Vietnam War
. He married Nita L. Spruill Dec. 13, 1974, in Overton and moved to Tyler 10 years ago from Arp. He was a truck driver and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and being a grandpa.
Besides his father, he was also preceded in death by his stepfather, James "Mr. James" Barnett.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Nita Allen, Tyler; son, Justin Lee Allen, Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Sunil Chaudhari, Austin; his mother, Mary Barnett, Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Eddie Callicutt, Arp; two brothers-in-law, Barry Barnett, Troup, and Kevin Barnett, New London; two sisters-in-law, Martha and Steve Smitha, Tyler, and Trudy and Dan McGregor, New Mexico; grandson, Conner Lee Allen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Callicutt, Steve Smitha, Mark Callicutt, Ricky Allen, Jeremy Lampin, Kenneth Allen, Mike Barnett and Bradley Lampin. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Allen Carroll, Jon Stotts, James Hurst, Rev. George Stotts, John Crispin, Barry Barnett, Kevin Barnett, Steve Allen and Tommy Horton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the funeral home.
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