Joe Bob Allen, age 87, of Troy, Alabama, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021, at home surrounded by loved ones. A graveside service will be held Monday, February 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. in Green Hills Memorial Cemetery with Chaplain Darryl Bates officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Tyler Kelly, Justin Sanders, Michael Bozeman, Andrew Bennett, Chandler Coston, and Bret Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Hicks, John Crosby, and Raymon Ledford.
Joe Bob graduated from Ariton High School in 1953 and later went on to attend Troy University. Before he could finish, he was called to service and enlisted with the United States Army and served dutifully for 37 years. During his service, he deployed to Germany 10 times, and he also served in Honduras and the Panama Canal during the Korean Conflict. Recently, Joe Bob received his official Troy University alumni status and was awarded his honorary BS degree.
Joe Bob was an avid gardener and looked forward each year to planting and harvesting his vegetables. The greatest reward was in sharing his bounty with any and everyone. Joe Bob kept himself in shape as a referee and umpire for football and baseball for years. He enjoyed golf and often played with friends and family, and the occasional competitive round with his son Keith. He found himself in the woods often hunting or on the banks fishing with his best friend John Crosby.
Most of all, Joe Bob kept his family near and dear to his heart. His best advise is a great reminder, even now, for family and friends, “just hanging in there like hair in a biscuit.”
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Sarah D. Allen; son, William Keith Allen (Debbie Allen) of Andalusia, AL; daughter, Debbie Allen Headley (Gerry Headley) of Troy; step-children, Johnny Coston (Trisha) of Troy, and Chris Coston Puckett (Glen Puckett) of Oneonta, AL; grandchildren, Will Headley (Amber) of Wetumpka, AL, April Kelley (Tyler) of Brundidge, AL, Brittany Mills (Mark) of Andalusia, AL, Tiffany Stephens (Matt) of Goshen, AL, Randi Bozeman (Michael) of Andalusia, AL, Nick Allen (Jordan) of Andalusia, AL, Whitney Sanders (Justin) of Goshen, AL, Mary Hall (Christopher) of Troy, Ansley Hendricks (Blake) of Troy, Teal Coston (Melissa) of Augusta, GA, J.T. Coston (Michaela) of Nashville, TN, Chandler Coston of Auburn, AL, Maddie Kate Puckett of Huntsville, AL, Harper Puckett of Troy, and Erin Martin (Bret) of Oneonta, AL; and numerous great-grandchildren that he was very proud of; sisters, Dora Dawkins of Troy, Audrey Sellers of Troy, and Reba Allen of Troy; and brother, Billy Dean Allen of Eatonton, GA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Sue Allen Jordan of Troy; step-daughter, Cindy Coston of Augusta, GA; parents, Isaac and Ola May Stone-Allen of New Hope, AL; sister, Evalynn McGurly of Troy; and brother, John Wesley Hughes of Ozark, AL.
The family wishes to extend many thanks to the staff of Encompass Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in his honor to Encompass Health Hospice Group of Troy (824 Hwy 231 S. Troy, AL 36081). Friends and family can sign the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Allen family.
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