Jimmy Dale Allen

July 27, 1936 ~ August 17, 2010

"Love Never Fails"

I Corinthians 13:8

Jimmy Dale Allen, age 74, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at his residence in Lake Charles.

Born July 27, 1936, he was a native of DeQuincy where he graduated from high school. He attended McNeese State University receiving a B.S. Degree in 1960 and an M.S. Degree in 1969 in education. While at McNeese, he was a member of the 1958 track team, the only team from MSU to win a conference championship. He won the gold medal in 1958 and 1959 for pole vaulting. He served in the Army in the 7th Cavalry at Fort Benning, GA and was Honor Graduate out of 200 in his Airborne class. He served eight years in the Army Reserves and earned the rank of Captain.

Jimmy and his wife owned and operated several food service businesses in the Southwest Louisiana area; he was the consummate entrepreneur. In 1973, he went to work for The Missouri Pacific Railroad (now the Union Pacific) as an engineer, retiring in 2004. He treated the young men who worked with him with respect and humor.

Jimmy was a generous, giving person and approached life with an irreverent sense of humor. He was an avid golfer, playing several times a week with his high school buddies Tommy and Bill Partin, and his son, J.D. (Dale). His son-in-law James took him on great fishing trips. Preceding him in death was a much-loved grandson, Logan Benham, his parents, James Delmas and Elizabeth Freeman Allen, his Aunt Loucille Allen Cabaniss, his brother-in-law Harvey Brown and nephew Rickey.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 511/2 years, Patricia Denton Allen of Lake Charles (in August 1958 after dating Pat three weeks, he gave her an engagement ring); his three children, J.D. "Dale" Allen and wife Amy, Suze' Allen Latour and husband James, all of Lake Charles; and Jennifer Allen of Woodlawn; a sister, Betty Lou Brown and her four children of DeQuincy; five grandchildren, James David Allen, Jonathan Allen, Lauren Benham, Victoria Allen, Clay Matte; and two great-grandchildren, Keilee and Davyn.

His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010, at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Rev. David DeWitt will officiate. Visitation with the family will be held at the funeral home beginning on Thursday, August 19, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will resume on Friday, August 20, from 8 a.m. until time of service. Per his wishes, Mr. Allen was cremated.

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  1. (continued)and providing a little extra for Christmas presents for the children. God bless you for your kind heart. We are thinking os you and praying that God will give you comfort in your time of grief. With love and blessings, David Jean Purviance

  2. Aunt Pat,Dale,Suza,Jennifer Our heart and prayers have been with you thru out. We are sorry that due to our own granddaughter fighting cancer we couldn't be there. Just know that our love an prayers are with you all. I cam hear Uncle Jimmy telling jokes or planning a prank in Heaven already. Just remember that Humor,Laughter,Crying or some of the best medicine we can have everyday. I know first hand. Love you all WendyKenneth,Janelle,Candice,Shanuna,Ann and grandchildren

  3. Daddy, I will love you all the days of my life. You are the most wonderful man I've ever known and feel so priviledged to have had you as a father! Give Logan a big hug and kiss from me. All my love, Suze' (the good child) Ha! Ha!

  4. Dear Pat and Family,Jackie called to let me know of the passing of Jimmy Dale. I am so sorry for you and your family. I will always have good memories of Jimmy Dale's great smile and his sometimes distorted sense of humor. Words are difficult to come by at times like this, but remember I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.Love,Jimmy

  5. Dear Patricia, We were all so saddened to learn of your dear husband Jimmy. The two of you have been such loyal sponsors of World's Children. You always went the extra mile: sending a large donation after the financial problems were announced in 2005, ensuring that a girl with leukemia in Panama had all her needs met, sending funds for administrative expenses, and

  6. I am so sorry for your loss and I know you will miss him very much. I'm sorry I could not visit with you at the funeral. We are in the process of moving back to Holly Hill and then traveling to New Orleans. I would love to see you when I get back. Take care and prayers are sent.Love, Noni

  7. James, Suze and family-I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers.Susan Deloney

  8. May Almighty God of tendermercies Comfort the Allen Family (2Co.1:3,4),When the last enemy strikes grief may be great and make the heart yearn for Comfort,Almighty God gives HOPE and PROMISE at (ACTS 24:15,JOHN 5:28, ISAIAH 26:19 and REVELATION 21:4) Almighty GodHOPE and PROMISE SOON TO BE ATTAIN, May these thoughts be of some

  9. Mrs. Pat, so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. But we can take comfort in knowing that he's now healed and with Jesus. May God's peace surround you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  10. My deepest sympathy to your family, especially to you Betty Lou. I remember a wonderful young man who used to tease us at dance classes on Saturday mornings and the wonderful athlete Jimmy Dale was. I will always remember him as a young man with a zest for life. My prayers are with you.

  11. Pat and children,All of my memories of Jimmy and you are such fond ones. I know Mickey and Patti went last night,but I wanted to let you know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Sue

  12. Pat and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I will revel in the memories of Jimmy and his sense of humor as well as his guidance that was given so freely. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  13. Pat, We will miss Jimmy in so many ways. We are grateful for the times that we were able to share in playing golf or visting with you. We love you and will always be grateful for the relationship we were allowed to have with you and Jimmy. Love, Brad Ann

  14. Pat,We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. You and Jimmy have blessed our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Please accept our deepest condolences from Jo Ann and I in your loss. Jimmy Dale was a fine, long time friend through public school years and later as and associate on the Railroad, although we worked for different companies. We pray for God's good grace to carry you through this difficult transition in your lives.Paulien Guillott Jr. Jo Ann

  16. to me, Mr. J.D. , as we use to call him, was a wondeful example of how to live, and with classic humor. as an impressionable young man of 14yrs old, i was blessed in many ways. one way i was blessed was having Mr. JD and Ms. Pat as my MYF(methodist youth fellowship) leaders… with mr.JD, now i see he used humor as a way of 'reaching' us….and it worked!! not to mention he and ms. pat raised a beautiful family, all of which at that time, and beyond, we all became close to. i shared with several people at the funeral home, whom i hadn't seen in years, some of his quotes and they shared some too, like: and forgive me, i am paraphrasing: all things are a gift from god, including being wrong….just dont' overuse it. and older people read the bible more cause their studying for our final exam(we were teasing him about his age)…or going to church no more makes you a christian, than standing in a kitchen makes you a cook(we were laughing why we met in a 'kitchen' sunken room in the new gym meeting area)…and when we talked about relationships, and how tough they can be, i can barely remember him quoting this hilarious verse, to remember it i had to look it up, it was Proverbs 21:19 it is better to live in the desert than with a ill-tempered, complaining wife, LOL. as you can probably imagine, each of those quotes has a long story that lead up to him saying what he did. but even tho his unique humor connected us young people to the message, the fact is he was a 'huge' man in my eyes. he was a man i respected, loved, feared, laughed with, and revered. i respected this man like a 2nd father….to hear he will be truly missed, is not a cliche', but a fact!! my sincerest condolences go out to all the Allen family, friends of yesteryear, and today! steve blount

  17. To the family of Jimmy Dale Allen: On behalf of all the staff members here at IMCAL, please allow me to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this most difficult time. We are all very sad to hear about the loss of your father, Mr. Jimmy Dale Allen. He made a living for his family and helped shape this community as well as this country. His generation will not soon be forgotten for their contributions to this wonderful life they have provided to us their future. We all have the greatest respect for you and your family, and will support you where ever we can. Please let us know whether there is anything we can do to help during this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Grant Bush On Behalf of: James Porter, Delores Turner, Donna Duhon, Dwight Minton, Randy Miller, Jonathan Alex.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. We love your family so much; we've just always considered you part of our family (Partins). I remember being at Uncle Bill Aunt Jackie's walking through the woods to your house to play w/ visit Jenn Suze. Also, one skiing trip, well, I wasn't a fast learner, I was stuck up on the top of the mountain. Mr. Jimmy Dale came up told me to put my skiis between his hang on! He got me down the mountain safe sound. Jesus has now told him the same thing, Just hang on to Me I'll get you back. Now, Mr. Jimmy Dale is safe sound in Heaven. We love y'all so much will be there Friday.God bless,KYM TIM

  19. You don't know me, but my earliest memories as a child were going to Delmas Allen's store with my grandmother, Mrs. A. C. Blackburn. Delmas and Elizabeth were both lovely people. Growing up, I took dance from Betty Lou, whom I thought was one of the most beautiful people I had ever seen. I have such fond memories of the Allen family. Jimmy Dale was always pleasant and laughing, just as his parents were. May God wrap you all in His loving arms and hold you close at this time and in the days ahead.Joy Lynne Blackburn Smith Baker

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