The funeral service will be conducted 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 13, 2018 at the New Hope Baptist, GA Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia, where Rev. Allen Waters is pastor. Rev. Coley Clark, Jr. , Pastor of Zion Grove Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Church cemetery.
Willie James Allen was born June 19, 1942 in Marshallville, Macon County, Georgia to the late John Allen and the late Mattie Skinner Allen. He was preceded in death by one sibling, Robert Allen. He was educated in the public school system of Macon County where he acquired his elementary education from the historic Lamson-Richardson School of Marshallville, Georgia. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Springhill Baptist Church. For many years, James was employed as a Pecan Farmer with Sidney Lanier Farms, Inc. of Macon County.
He was united in holy matrimony to Annabree Smith in 1968. He was blessed to be the father of nine children, 38 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren.
Survivors are a beloved wife of fifty years, Annabree Smith Allen, Montezuma, Georgia; nine children, Willie James Allen, Gloria Allen and Antony Allen all of Hartford, Connecticut, Alfonza Smith, Montezuma, Georgia, Shelley Smith, Fort Valley, Georgia Donnie Allen, Shandra Allen, Rosa Allen all of Montezuma, Georgia and Christopher Allen (Janice) of Honolulu, Hawaii; six siblings, Fannie Robinson, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Mildred Ross (James), Marshallville, Georgia, Mattie Walker (Jimmy Brown), Lucille Brown all of Montezuma, Georgia, Sherry Brown (Terry) and Curtis Allen, all of Marshallville, Georgia; three aunts, Ossie Lee Skinner, Ft. Myers, Florida, MiElla Solomon, Akron, Ohio and Louise Jackson, Marshallville, Georgia; brother/sisters in law Sammie Smith, Montezuma, Georgina, Mary Hammock Carolyn Smith, Hartford, Connecticut, and Patricia Smith, of Montezuma, Georgia, Hattie Eley, Tacoma, Washington and a host of beloved nieces nephews, other cousins and devoted friends, Elaine Lanier, Buddy Free, Jary Norris, Jimmy Garcia, and Celso Veleaez.