James Clarence Allen, 72, entered the presence of his Lord in the evening of July 19, 2007, after a valiant 2 1/2 years battle with esophageal cancer. Born in Ardmore, Okla., on Feb. 17, 1935, to the late Clarence Henry Allen and Hazel Marie Hicks, "Jamie," as he was affectionately known by his family, began a course of life that deeply touched everyone he came in contact with. He was a college graduate of the University of Tulsa where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and after serving three years in the U.S. Air Force, he entered a 32-year relationship with Amoco Production Company, where he made lifelong friends in Clovis, N.M., Pampa, Oklahoma City, Okla., Fort Worth, Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada, Odessa and Houston. He retired to Emerald Bay, Tyler, in 1996. A 50-year member of the SPE and a chairman of the Railroad Commission Regulatory Practices Committee (1988-1994), he was an active member at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, where he was a member of the Pairs and Parents Sunday School Class, served on the administrative board and was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
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Jamie was a true follower of the Lord and he considered his family one of his greatest blessings. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jay Caldwell of Madill, Okla., and Lou Allen of Phoenix, Ariz. Jamie is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Sandra Alline Stinson Allen, with whom he built a life of 47 years and his three daughters, Michelle Vinson and husband Tony of Clear Lake, Kristi Schneider and husband Steve of Austin and Melissa Hatch and Michael of Wylie. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Alyssa, Tony II, Ben, Cole, Allen, Kiera, Maddie and Mitchell as well as his siblings, Marilyn Bell of Larned, Kan., Roger Caldwell of Tallahassee, Fla., and Margie Maxwell and Bob Allen of Visalia, Calif.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2007, at Marvin United Methodist Church followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with his son-in-law, the Rev. Anthony J. Vinson of Clear Lake United Methodist Church officiating.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Mote, Roy Koerner, Roger Caldwell, Scotty Hicks, Jack Woods and Herb Marker. Honorary pallbearers will be the Golden Tees of Emerald Bay, Skip Johnson, Pete Crawford and Doug Bancroft.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Gastro-Esophageal Cancer Foundation, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, 77030 or Meals on Wheels, Tyler, 3001 Robertson Road, Tyler, 75701.
Jamie will always be our cherished husband, daddy, "papa," brother and friend; remembered in our hearts until we meet again.
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 East First Street
Tyler, TX 757013308
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from July 21 to July 22, 2007