Graveside services, with military honors, for James Willard Allen, 93, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, in the Milo Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Alton Fannin, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ardmore.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
The son of the late Charles and Geneva Woods Allen, James was born on Nov. 1, 1920, in Randolph County, Ala., and passed away on May 20, 2014, in the Mercy Hospital Healdton.
James and his family moved from Alabama to southern Oklahoma in 1923. After graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in both the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, where for his bravery and service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, also the European-African-Mediterranean Expedition Service Ribbon with one Silver Service Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
Following the war, James returned to Ardmore, where he married Mary Virginia Stallings on May 8, 1948. They raised three children and remained happily wed for 65 years until Virginia’s death on Aug. 23, 2013.
James owned and operated the Ardmore Typewriter Supply Company on Main Street for more than two decades until he retired. An avid fisherman, James was an active and early member of the Dirty Dozen Fishing Club of Lake Murray. He also enjoyed golf, pheasant hunting and drinking coffee with friends.
James was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ardmore. He cared deeply for his family and friends; he will be remembered for his kindness, resilience, charisma and sense of humor.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Shaw of Ardmore; grandchildren Scha Miller and husband Tim of Healdton, Scott Couturier and wife Wendy of Pottsboro, Texas, Dr. Jedidiah Perdue and wife Christy of Oklahoma City, and Nathan Gaines of Norman; great-grandchildren Chelsea, Ryan, Adam, Hunter, Victoria, Gigi and Ella; and great-great-grandchildren Tanner and Brandt.
He was preceded in death by two children, Jamie Watkins and Kathey Gaines; his parents; three brothers, R.C., Royce and Jesse “Cotton”; and a sister, Gladys Wheeler.
Services will be directed by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.