Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

April 19, 2013

Leon “Babe” Allison

MATOAKA — .Leon “Babe” Allison

GARY, W.Va. — Leon “Babe” Allison age 93, of  P.O. Box 778 Gary, WV  24836 peacefully departed this life on Thursday, April 9, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, W.Va. following a lingering illness.

He was born January 20, 1920 in Thomasville, N.C., and the son of the late John Allison and Hattie Mock Allison.  He was a 1938 graduate of Gary District High School and a Veteran of the US Army having served during WW II.  For many, many years he was employed at the US Steel Cleaning Plant in Gary and a member of the first aide team.   A long time ago, he gave his life to the Lord and joined the Welch Church of Christ where he served as treasurer.  He was a fire fighter for the City of Gary, treasurer of the Tug River Burial Fund and a member of F.&A.M. Euclid Lodge of Gary. In 2008, he was inducted into the “Black Hall of Fame” and an inductee of the McDowell County Sports’ Hall of Fame scheduled for May 5, 2013.  In earlier years he sang with a Quartet, was a musician and continued singing during his final day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by “the love of his life,” his wife, Grace Thompson Allison; one son, Leon “Sonny buck” Allison Sr.; four siblings:  John, Maxine, Rosie and William “Shug,”; one grandson, Corey and a great-grandson, Savaught. Mr. Allison was the last surviving member of his original family.

He is survived by his devoted family; which includes his daughter, Betty Grace and her husband, James Maxwell Sr. of Terrell, Texas; his granddaughter, Tracy L. Allison and caregiver of the home; eleven additional grandchildren:  Apollos (LaCoya), Miriam (Kermit), Leon (Shemika) Jr., Nicole, Thomas (NaRhonda) Jr., Julian, Shawn, Nick, Carlos, Renee and Dina (Ellis Jr.); 27 great-grandchildren and a special great-grandson, Marlin Jr. of the home and a host of other relatives; his Church family and friends.

Home going service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Welch Church of Christ 750 Stewart Street Welch, W.Va. with Pastor J.P. Blankenship officiating, assisted by Pastor Bill Christian and the Reverend Larry Hairston.  Entombment will follow in Restlawn Mausoleum, on Rt. 20, Littlesburg Road, Bluewell, WV where military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1144.

Grandsons and granddaughters will serve as both pallbearers and flower bearers and honorary pallbearers Tyrone Hairston and Robert Wade.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., until time of service on Saturday at the Church.

Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch, W.Va.

 

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Dorothy Carter Rasnick

    Dorothy Carter Rasnick, 91, of Princeton Health Care Center, formerly of Village Green, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at her residence.

    July 31, 2014

  • Mattie M. Church Allen

    Mattie M Church Allen age 78 of Burk Mountain went home to Heaven Monday July 28, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • Mamie Lee Webb Mamie Lee Webb

    Mamie Lee Webb , age 82, of Blacksburg, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Lewis Gale Hospital-Montgomery.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clarence E. Smith

     Clarence E. Smith, 88, of Peterstown formerly of Princeton died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his home.
     

    July 31, 2014

  • Darlene Yvonne Wohlford Rose

    Darlene Yvonne Wohlford Rose died at the age of 88 on Sunday afternoon, July 27, 2014, at her home in Princeton following an extended illness.

    July 31, 2014

  • Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly Jr. Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly Jr.

    Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly, Jr., 75, of 300 Gott Road in Princeton died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey) Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey)

    Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey) of Bluefield West Virginia passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, NC after a brief illness.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Glen Kahle Belcher Glen Kahle Belcher

    BLUEFIELD — Glen Kahle Belcher, 82 of Bluefield, WV went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 28, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Jo Gray Betty Jo Gray

    Betty Jo Gray, 76, of the Springfield Center in Lindside, formerly of Princeton Towers, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her residence.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Juanita Bourne Coon

    Juanita Bourne Coon, age 75 of the Gratton community in Tazewell, VA died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Welmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN.

    July 30, 2014

Local News
Editorials