William F. Allen, Sr.
William F. Allen, Sr.

February 13, 1923 - June 19, 2005
Born in Bennettville, South Carolina
Resided in Philadelphia, PA


II Timothy 4:6-8: For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
A husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, godfather, deacon, friend, mentor and neighbor. William F. Allen, Sr. was born on February 13, 1923 to the late Mack Sr. and Ritajane Allen in Bennettville, South Carolina. He was the sixth child of thirteen children. He was educated in the public school system of Marlboro County, South Carolina. In 1948 he married Sylvia Davis. From this union were born one son and two daughters. In 1949 he migrated to Philadelphia which became his permanent residence.
He was converted at an early age and joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Bennettville, South Carolina. In 1949 he joined the Holy Light Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. James Anderson. He was ordained a deacon in 1951. He served as the chairman of the Deacon Board over 50 years.
William (a.k.a.) Bill was a quiet man, yet he firmly believed in speaking up for what was right. The life that he led reflected the faith he professed. He has a passion for learning about the Word of God and looked forward to his Weekly Sunday classes and Wednesday night Bible Study.
His favorite song: “I Will Trust In The Lord Until I Die”
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and deacon. He supported his immediate family, extended family and church family through good and bad times, both financially and spiritually.
He was employed by the Budd Company for 31 years, from which he subsequently retired.
Throughout his illness he communicated with his church family by way of communion, visitation, phone calls, cards and other gifts of love. His pastor and church ministered to him through every phase of his illness. His last request to the family was for them “to stick together no matter what happens and to take care of our mother.”
He departed this life in the comfort of his home surrounded by family, Sunday, 11:00 a.m., June 19, 2005 (Father’s Day).
He leaves fond memories to cherish to his wife, Sylvia Allen; three children, Mary Brinson, Francine Allen and William Allen, Jr.; seven grandchildren, Nicole Walker, Leon Fowlkes, Jr., Rodney Weaver, Jr., Zaire Allen, Nigeria Allen, Chad Allen and Benin Allen; two great-grandchildren, Imani Walker and Dahmi Fowlkes; two god children, Tamika Allen-Dash and Adrienne Fullman; three brothers, James Allen, Sr., Benjamin Allen and Meshach Allen; three sisters, Queen Esther McLeod, Caroline Pouncy and Asalee Huffman; one son-in-law, Anthony Brinson; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Allen; two sisters-in-law, Bertie Allen and Wilhelmia Allen; two special nephews, Aaron Gibson, Sr. and Joseph McLeod, Sr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.
Joyfully submitted,
The Family

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First United Baptist Church
3728 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US
Saturday, June 25, 2005
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
First United Baptist Church
3728 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Saturday, June 25, 2005
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Merion Memorial Park
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