Otis Wade Allen, 81, of Coolville, Ohio, went to meet the Lord with his family surrounding him on Aug. 3, 2013, at Arcadia Valley Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation.
He was born July 28, 1932, in Carthage Township, Coolville, Ohio, son of the late Ralph and Itha Gaston Allen.
Otis was a graduate of Troy High School and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lois Dixon on June 29, 1952. He retired from Athens Mental Health Center at the age of 50 with 30 years of service as a Stationary Steam Engineer. He drove a truck for the American Red Cross and was an Athens City Bus Driver. He was also a Federal Hocking School Bus Driver before retiring due to ill health. He loved farming, growing up on a farm and his Black Angus Cattle.
Otis attended Calvary Pilgrim Chapel at Pomeroy, serving as Usher for several years, and was a member of Coolville Holiness Camp Meeting Board since 1966. He and his wife attended many Southern Gospel music concerts and enjoyed going to places such as the Smokey Mountains, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Charleston, W.Va., Columbus, Ohio, and many places in between. Otis never met a stranger.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mary Lois Dixon Allen; he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim (Debbie) Allen of Coolville, Ohio, Ed (Mary) Allen of Fairmont, W.Va., and Steve (Kim) Allen of Coolville, Ohio; grandchildren, Jeana (Jamie) Vancil of Charlotte, N.C., April (Rigo) Bravo of Spring, Texas, Katrina Miller (Harold Snider) of Fairmont, W.Va., Jessica (Steve) Randolph of Coolville, Ohio, Jameson (Patty) Allen of Coolville, Ohio, Erika Allen of Boston, Mass., Glendon Allen of Coolville, Ohio, Grayson Allen of Coolville, Ohio, and Leah Allen of Coolville, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Maria, McKenzie, Dominique, Derik, Cynthia, Lola, Mary Martha, Marina Genene, Kiley and Jakob; a sister, Mary McGlone of Groveport, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, church friends and school bus students; and a pet Boston Terrier, Maggie.
In additon to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bud and Bertha Allen; his father and mother-in-law, Edgar and Myrtle Dixon; a sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Francis Coen; and a brother-in-law, Richard McGlone.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with the Rev. Charles McKenzie of Pomeroy, Ohio, officiating. Burial will be in Coolville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5-8 p.m.
You can sign the online guestbook at www.white-schwarzelfuneralhome.com