Allen, Delberta Jones-- 87, of Fountain City, Tennessee, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a founding member of Church of the Good Shepherd, of 54 years. Before she became a full time wife and mother, she was employed by Southern Railway. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and Harrill Hills Garden Club. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed bingo, gardening, reading and, traveling to Tunika.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Birdie Beatrice Smith; and father Adelbert Jones. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family.
She leaves her devoted husband of 66 years, John T. Allen; son, Wayne Allen (Peggy Gorman Allen); daughter, Susan Gilliam (Steve Gilliam); grandchildren: Chris Allen, Jennifer Allen, Korry Allen, Gretchen Gilliam and David Gilliam; and special lap companion, "Prince Dooby."
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Church of the Good Shepherd with Father Henry Swann, Father Karl Weddle, and Deacon Lani Hubbard officiating. Graveside services will be immediately following at Greenwood Cemetery on Tazewell Pike.
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