Josephine West Allen

Born: Sun., Sep. 29, 1912
Died: Sat., Dec. 8, 2012

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Frances Josephine West Allen of Greensboro, GA, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation, located in Union Point, GA. A lifelong Greene County resident, she was born on September 29, 1912 to the late Joseph Reuben West and Mary Bell Satterfield West. Mrs. Allen attended schools in Greensboro. She worked as a spinner for Mary Leila Cotton Mill, which later became Wellington Puritan Mills, until it closed. She also worked a number of years at Chipman-Union Manufacturing and Hometown Manufacturing. Mrs. Allen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro and a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was a loving mother and grandmother whose greatest joys in life were serving her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, caring for her family and, for more than 50 years, relishing her roles as grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. "Granny Allen" will always hold a special place in the hearts of the many children she loved and cared for through the years.

Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband Lee Lucious Allen, Sr.; daughters, Mary Jim Vandiver and Bobbie Lee Phelps; son-in-law Hoyt "June" Vandiver, Jr.; grandsons Michael Short, Donny Vandiver and Scott Phelps; siblings, Ruby Bell Knight, Mary Elizabeth West, Minnie Lucille Humphrey, Willy Tilman West and J. R. West. She is survived by a son, Lee "Dink" Allen, Jr. of Greensboro, GA; son-in-law, Darrel Phelps of Greensboro, GA; five grandchildren, David Allen, Bobby Allen, Mary Joyce "Sister" Vandiver Kennedy, Judy Vandiver Warnick and Rebecca "Becky" Phelps Long; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; plus a wealth of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Dr. Norman Waldrip officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensboro City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642. Serving as pallbearers are Scott Baynes, Bill Byce, Chuck Finch, David Kopp, Ray Marchman, and Bobby Voyles. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time for the service. The family requests that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Smith Oliver
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
I recall Mrs. Allen and Family very well and am friends with Darrel Phelps still. I was 'water boy' on the basketball teams that both the Allen daughters played on in school. My sympathy to 'Dink', and the families of this very nice lady...

Betty Gober Anderson
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
Sorry to learn of Miss Josephine's death. I have know her all my life and she was always a sweet lady. Her daughters & Dink were such good friends. My sympathy goes out to all. Betty Gober Anderson

Elaine & Terry Cantrell
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
Dink and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. Elaine & Terry Cantrell

Paige Arwood-Hubbard
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Josephine was working at Hometown Mfg. in the cutting room when I was hired for the summer. This was my first job. I remember her telling me that if the job is not don't right then you have not done your job. Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it twice. I loved this sweet lady so much. She was a kind ans sweet lady that always wore a smile that brighten everyone's day. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family during this difficult time. May God give peace and comfort during this time. Paige

Angela Lynn Booth-Hos
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Mrs. Allen was a wonderful lady. You have our deepest sympathy in your loss.

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Dear Family, You have my symathy. Ms. Jo was a very nice lady. God Bless all of You Betty Jo

Jane Cobb
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
My love, prayers and sympathy to the family. I have such pleasant memories of times in the Fidelis Class with Miss Josephine and visiting her at home and at Greene Point. We had fun sharing the same birthday. Love, Jane

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
Allen Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come. Ms. Josephine was a SPECIAL PERSON.

mary miller
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
My condolences to the Allen family. Wow 100 years old, we know that, that is a blessing in itself, yet we want our loved ones forever and God knows this, he put it in our heart, and he also is going to do something about it soon because John 5:28-29 says: "All those in the memoral tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out. Please find comfort it this.