James E. Allen, Jr.

Born: Sun., Jun. 15, 1952
Died: Fri., May 11, 2018


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., May 18, 2018
Location: Adams-Buggs Funeral Etowah Chapel

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., May 19, 2018
Location: Gadsden Senior Activity Center

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James Edward Allen, Jr. was born in Etowah County, Gadsden, Alabama to the parentage of Mr. & Mrs. James Edward and Pearlie Mae Bias Allen, Sr.


At an early age, James accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. James Allen Jr  joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Williamson.


James Edward, affectionately known as “Punkin”, attended the Gadsden City School system, graduating with the Class of 1972.


Soon after high school, James was employed with the City Parks and Recreation, where he remained a longtime employee.


James was united in Holy Matrimony to his loving wife, Wanda (Boley) Allen on February 25, 2000.

After James' retirement in 2004, he enjoyed spending time with wife and family.


James was preceded in death by his mother, Pearlie Bias Allen; his father, James E. Allen, Sr. and two brothers, Ralph Smith and Hugh Smith.


James leaves those to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Wanda B. Allen, Gadsden, AL; two loving daughters, LaTonya Owens, Weaver, AL, Jariqha Allen (Juan), Anniston, AL; four loving sons, Gerald (Sarah) Smith, Culpepper, VA, James (Timeka) Muhammad, Birmingham, AL, Jamaka (Amanda) Owens, Houston, TX, Kendrick (Jennifer) Vaughn, Gadsden, AL; eighteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Heglar, Birmingham, AL, Linda Cox Houser, Gadsden, AL; four brothers, Leon Smith, Billy Smith, Terry Smith, all of Gadsden, AL, Kenneth Allen (Frances), Rainbow City, AL;

 two loving aunts, Lela Rutledge, Columbus, OH, Effie Coats, Gadsden, AL; special brother, Larry Warren, Gadsden, AL; five brothers-in-laws, Terry Boley, Hartsford, AL, Randy Lisa Boley, Fortson, GA, Darren Boley, Gadsden, AL, Daniel Underwood, Atlanta, GA, Kenneth Underwood, Gadsden, AL; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Smith, Harvey, IL, Sheral Boley, Gadsden, AL and a host of nieces, nephews and other relative and friends which are too numerous to name.

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Kristina Lewis
   Posted Wed May 16, 2018
Heaven is richer and Earth is poorer....all my love and prayers.

Linda Lee-Hale
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the family, may God be your comforter during your time of bereavement.

J Baker
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our cherished memories help us cope. Hold tight to those memories…. Lean on each other for support…. And look to God’s word the Bible, for comfort and strength. James 4:8 encourages; “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.”

Rev and Mrs Edward T. Pace
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
You have our sincere condolence for your loss. You are in our prayers. Rev and Mrs Edward T. Pace

Jocelyn Woolfork
   Posted Fri May 18, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Jocelyn Woolfork.

Bernia, We are praying for you and your family! Your Line Sisters (The Dynamic Six of DSTinction)

Amanda Garner
   Posted Sat May 19, 2018
RIH Pops! You are going to be so missed and most definitely never forgotten. Fly high and watch over all of us! We love you so very much!
Your daughter-in-law, Mandy & your youngest , granddaughter, Jaliyah

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