HOUSTON – Elba Frances Allen, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital. She was born April 2, 1935, in Okolona to James William Corley and Alice Pilgreen Corley. She married David Wilburn Allen on May 7, 1954. She worked as a telephone operator, a dairy farmer and a store clerk. She was a member of Boones Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Boones Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. H.B. Miller and Bro. Walley Cason officiating. Burial will be in Boones Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kay Lancaster and John of Houston, and Alice Dawson and Mike of Starkville; two grandsons, Allen Lancaster and Crisi of Goodletsville, Tenn., and Brad Dawson and Paige of Birmingham, Ala.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Lancaster of Columbus and Brittain Dawson of Birmingham; one great-granddaughter, Claire Lancaster; four brothers, Clayton Corley and Lottie, William Corley and Jeanne, and Douglas Corley and Carlene, all of Okolona, and the Rev. Kenneth Corley and Glenda of Pontotoc; a sister, Martha Cole and Stuart of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Marie Vance and R.E. of Houston, and Sue Allen of Amory; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David Wilburn Allen, who died April 20, 2000; her parents; one sister, Janell Rhodes; and one brother, Robert Corley.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Allen Lancaster and Brad Dawson, and nephews, Jim Corley, Anthony Corley and Krister Corley, Jim Cole and Rob Cole, and Drew Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jonathan Massey, Dr. Tige Lantrip, Dr. Edward Gore, Dr. James White; Mrs. Allen’s Sunday School Class led by Richard Stallings; her dear church friends, Bonnie Sue Gaskin and Mary Ruth Ellis; friends from the Buena Vista community; and her caregivers at Fernbrook.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Boones Chapel church building fund.