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Robert "Lee" Allen
(April 23, 1919 - May 3, 2012)

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Robert “Lee” Allen Robert “Lee” Allen, 93, a longtime resident of Magnolia, MS, went to be with the Lord May 3, 2012 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. Mr. Allen was born April 23, 1919 in Magnolia, MS. He was the son of the late William Pearl Allen and Minnie Estelle Bearden Allen. Mr. Allen joined the Army National Guard in 1940 and as soon as United States was attacked, he joined the Air Force as an Aviator, fulfilling his childhood dream of flying. He carried a rank of First Lieutenant. Mr. Allen flew 35 missions in WWII beginning December 1, 1944 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with nine Sak Clusters. He returned to Pike County and farming after several years raising his family. When Korean conflict, B29 Bombers were refurbished and sent back out for service and returned to active duty. In Korea he flew 32 Missions and several special aerial photography missions. At one time his parents had all five sons in branches of service and proudly displayed five stars in their window. Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his parents; an infant child and four brothers, Lloyd, Ellis, Glenn “Shorty” and Ray. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Francis Wolbrecht Allen; four daughters, Connie Lynn Bush, Marilyn Lucia Johnston and husband, Richard, Emily Sue Van Norman and husband, Thomas, Anna K. Allen and husband, Richard; 11 grandchildren, Robert Bush, Bob Allen, Stuart Bush, Maria Allen, Sharon Freudenthall, Virginia Kelly, Stephen Johnston, Sandra Bowlin, Sarah Roy, Brendon Van Norman and Kason Van Norman and 13 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Robert Bush, Stuart Bush, Bob Allen, Brendon Van Norman, Kason Van Norman and Stephen Johnston. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Walters, Therell Walters, Ricky Passman, Toxie Smith, James Boyd, Larry Whitehead and a special friend from VA, Ginger Brown and Kay Allen Prescott and Edith Cutrer. Our loving father accomplished many things, visited many places and experienced so much that we could only dream about. He was a wonderful husband, father, a pilot, farmer and skillful gardener. He could have done anything, but he loved his family and chose farming. He also was an LPN as a trade and worked for several medical facilities in his 50’s, including Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. He was a devoted believer and servant of our Lord Jesus. He was a faithful deacon in the church and loved watching his family grow in the faith. We thank all of our personal friends and relatives who helped make his last days meaningful. Visitation is Friday, May 4, 2012 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at Bala Chitto Baptist Church where he was an active deacon for over 50 years. Services will be Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the church. Rev. Dave Hartson & Rev. Greg Whitehead will officiate. Burial will be in the Felix Allen Cemetery in close proximity to church.


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