Charles Robert Allen

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Charles Robert Allen, 89, of Linden, went peacefully to be with the Lord on May 8, 2021.  Charles Robert was born on February 10, 1932, in Linden, Texas, to Monroe and Pearl Knight Allen.  He attended Linden Public Schools where he graduated Valedictorian in 1949 and was an Eagle Scout.  After graduation, he attended Southern Methodist University, where he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a member of the Mustang Band and ROTC.  While attending SMU, he met the love of his life, Barbara Kay McWilliams.  After graduating in 1953, they were married in June of 1954.  They were married for 49 years, until her passing in March of 2003. Charles Robert also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force as a Navigator.  He went on to pursue a career with his family’s business, Allen Brother’s Department Store in Linden.  He retired, as the CEO and President, after 40 years. Charles Robert was known as a kind, caring, and enthusiastic supporter of all things Linden.  He generously gave to his community through his membership in various organizations including the hospital board, LEDC, Linden  School Board, and served as mayor of Linden.  He was a 65 year member of the Linden Masonic Lodge #192 and a member of the Hella Shrine and Scottish Rite.  He was a lifelong member of the Linden United Methodist Church. Some of his most cherished memories were of the fun times gathering and reuniting with his LHS class of 1949, fondly referred to as the “49ers”.  He was deeply loved and respected by all who had the blessing of his friendship. He was known for his charm and quick wit.  He had a love of hunting and fishing and enjoyed spending time on Caddo Lake with Barbara Kay and his friends.  After retiring, he and Barbara Kay enjoyed time together in their home away from home at their cabin on Caddo.  Charles Robert was an accomplished man that enjoyed life to the fullest and was deeply loved by his family and all that knew him.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Pearl Knight Allen, his wife Barbara Kay Allen, and his son Charlie Allen. He is survived by his daughter, Sheran Allen Williams and son-in-law, Ronald Williams; grandsons, Grant Williams and wife, Rianna; Blake Williams and wife, Christi; granddaughter, Brynn Williams McDaniel and husband, Joby; great grandchildren, Maci Williams, Easton Williams, and Tessa Williams; his sister, Mary Janet Allen Wells and husband, Murray, and children, Ron Allen Bowden and Gina Bowden Cooper; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.  The family would like to offer their heartfelt gratitude to Focused Care of Linden and Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler, Texas.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Linden United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Linden United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 338, Linden, TX 75563; or the Linden Cemetery Association: P.O. Box 863, Linden, TX 75563.


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  1. Sheran, I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful person loved by everyone. May you find comfort in God's word and your memories.
    Teresa Rich Potts

  2. So sorry for the loss of Charles Robert. He was such a fun person and very good friend. We all will miss him very much. My prayers and sympathy are extended to all the family. RIP Charlie

  3. He was Mr. Allen Brothers with his always welcoming smile. Rest in peace! Prayers and sympathy for all of his many friends and wonderful family!

  4. Mr. Allen was a fine man. We went fishing many times together at my Uncle Franklin Simmons’ lake. He taught me how to properly clean and filet my first catfish we ever hauled in there. Barbara Kay was a kind soul as well. I remember getting fitted for new shoes at Allen Brothers every year of my youth in Linden. Those are fond memories. God’s peace.

  5. My father Dale Wisdom introduced me to Charles. Being a Banker, I purchased many suits from him at Allan Bros. He was a very nice person.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Rick Wisdom

  6. I was blessed to get to know Mr. Allen and be his nurse. We enjoyed many good times talking and visitng together. He will always be remembered, my memories are all fond ones and they will be cherished always. I wish you, the family all the best and send my condolences. May god bless and comfort you all.

  7. Charlie was like my second father. He will be missed. I have so many wonderful memories of Charlie, Barbara Kay, Charlie and Sheron. My love goes out to Sheran and Ronald. I love you lots and hope to see you soon. John

  8. It is truly sad to hear of losing Mr. Allen. He was always kind and thoughtful in his dealings with me. When I came to his home to visit Charlie, he was welcoming at a time when that would not have been approved of, or allowed by many. When I would see him, we seemed to share a special sadness after he loss his son and name sake far to soon. When I first met in the 5th grade, I told him, ‘You look just like Charles Allen!’ With typical Cass County sarcasm he said, ‘Well, he’s my dad’. Losing Mr. Allen feel like a double loss. Losing him, and Charlie again… May he Rest In Peace, and may the God of all comfort be with the family and friends. (2 Cor. 1:2-5)

  9. Mr. Allen was such a precious soul. We were honored for the time we got to take care of him and get to know his family. All our prayers. You Focused Care family1

  10. Mr Allen was one of my mother’s students in the Class of 49. She always attended their reunions and loved the classmates very much. She and my dad had just married when she taught there and the students included them both. Mr Charles Robert Allen was a favorite of hers. I attended reunions with her after my dad died. A very special man. Lots of memories. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Allen family in the loss of this dear man.

  11. Sheran and family…. your daddy was an amazing person for the community of Linden. Toward the end he was a great friend to our daddy. They would visit while hanging out at Focus Care especially during the shut down. As more of our historic Lindenites reunite in heaven, I can only imagine the joy happening there. Sending prayers, Kimberly (Baldwin) and Donald Goerner

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