Funeral services for Dale Allen, 52, of Nacogdoches will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Quinn and Bro. Bobby Spencer officiating. Interment will follow at Moral Catholic Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, March 18, 2020 at Laird Funeral Home.
Dale was born and raised in the beautiful areas of East Texas, spending most of his life in western Nacogdoches County where his parents taught him to love and take care of others as well as the wonderful joys of being a part of a family that was always close. His mom and sister and other family members recall him being happy and always the life of the party! He and his sister would spend hours together as children and Dale always felt as if he was her protector. He called her Sharee, although her name was Tamara. The reason why has gone a lifetime as being unknown, but with Dale’s sense of humor, it was likely for aggravation. From a very early age, Dale was such a kind and gentle young man. He loved people and had a great talent in playing pool. He and his brother, Dean spent many hours around a pool table making fond memories together. As Dale grew older, his love of people simply became his calling. He knew he wanted to be a leader, and the ultimate ending for anyone was a life with Christ, therefore he began leading folks to God. Dale’s calling was a blessing to so many. He shared The Word with anyone and everyone he talked to and was not ashamed of his beliefs. In the late 90’s Dale was working at Butcher Boys and met a very sweet, charismatic young lady. Dale knew he wanted to spend more time with her so he made that happen. He and Juanita dated for several years before joining in marriage on September 12, 1998. Together, they raised their children and showed them the things that were most important to them: faith, family and friends. In 2016, Dale and Juanita suffered a loss that no parent ever should. Their son, Jacob, left his earthly home to spend eternity with Jesus. Although they were devastated and heartbroken, they knew they had to show the strength that only God can give them so that their daughter, Jacob’s sister Selena, would be able to see that “joy comes in the morning”. Dale, although severely effected by the passing of his son, continued spreading the word of God and was well respected and loved by all in his “circle”. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile, constant devotion to Christ, family, friends and his beloved church, Goyens Hill Church where he pastored for over 10 years. His memory will become a great presence when those who knew him best hear one of his favorite songs and break out in dance, play a game of pool, spend time looking for antiques or simply being with family, all of which were very dear to Dale. Dale’s small taste of heaven on earth is no longer a simple glimpse into what was awaiting him. He has now joined his Savior, Jesus Christ, in the eternal life that was prepared for him. Dale was loved; he loved; he enjoyed life; he fought for his beliefs and stood up for his family and friends; he fought a hard battle over the last few years, but in the end, he has won the war.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Juanita “Janie” Allen of Nacogdoches; daughters, Selena Allen of Nacogdoches and Tamara Allen-Loving of Channelview; his mother, Judy Lazarine Allen of Nacogdoches; siblings, Dean Allen of Wisconsin and Tamara Spears of Lumberton; he is also survived by his additional siblings, Frank, Jr., Tessa, Cathy, Ann Marie and Peggy. His life was also blessed by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins of whom he adored.
He is preceded in death by his son, Jacob Allen; father, Frank Allen, Sr. and brother, Matt Allen.
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