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“We will all miss Tom ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: BUD LETASSY - POPLAR BLUFF, MO

“Mrs. Allen, I haven't run into you in a long time, but I wanted to let you know how sorry I was to here about your husband. Hope you are doing well. ...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Jane "Carr" Walker - MO

“I remember one time that my husband and I had run into Tom at Betty, probably at a restaurant, and Tom and my husband (also Tom) began talking about...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Locker - St. Louis, MO

“Tom and Betty were both friends of mine and we worked together for several years. He will be missed by many! ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Ruby Berry-Dillon - Dade City, FL

“He was always so nice to me. A wonderful man. I had not seen him much the last few years, but he will live on in my thoughts, with fond memories.......Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Hardin Thom - friend

“Allen Family, Please know that both Jerry and I felt Mr. Allen was a wonderful man and a true gift to our community. We knew him as an educator who...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Sarah Long

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: JoAnne Wylie - Poplar Bluff, MO

8 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Ruth Pemberton - QUINCY, IN

“Mr. Allen was very special to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Ron, Wanda, and Charles Patterson - AR

“Our thought and prayers are with you all. We are so thankful for the love and encouragement that Uncle Tom gave to us and to so many others. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Diana and Ernie Ketcherside - TX

Thomas F. Allen, of Poplar Bluff, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the age of 80.

Mr. Allen was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo. on March 9, 1931, to Thomas N. and Margaret Midkiff Allen. He attended school in Poplar Bluff, graduating from Poplar Bluff High School in 1948. After high school, he attended Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Mississippi, receiving degrees in education and educational administration. In 1954 he began his career in Troy, Mo. Mr. Allen returned to Poplar Bluff in 1958, beginning a 33 year affiliation with the Poplar Bluff public schools, serving as teacher, elementary principal, and finally as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Allen was elected to the Poplar Bluff City Council in 1980, and served one term as mayor of Poplar Bluff.

Mr. Allen enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and was an ardent supporter of University of Missouri football and basketball. He attended the First Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff.

Mr. Allen will be remembered as a man who loved to tell a story, as a fierce supporter of the Poplar Bluff school system, and as someone who deeply loved his friends and family.

He married his wife of 57 years, Betty Wright Allen, on Dec. 28, 1954.

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Betty Allen, his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Brenda Allen of Poplar Bluff; four grandchildren, Joshua Allen and his wife Traci, of Bell City, Mo., Silas Allen of Oklahoma City, Okla., Emily Allen of Lady Lake, Fla., and Alex Brooks of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, T.L. Bilkey, of Little Rock, Ark.; and one sister, Kay Yount of Kenner, La.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Allen Sapp, son-in-law Jim Sapp, and a sister, Arvella Hansen.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church with The Rev. David Stewart officiating and The Rev. Steve Patterson assisting. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

The family requests that memorials be made to, Poplar Bluff School Foundation, 1110 North Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

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