Alfred John Allen
January 6, 1944 - January 10, 2023
Alfred John Allen, age 79 and a resident of Thomas, passed away Tuesday morning January 10, 2023 at the Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington after a lengthy illness. He was a 1961 graduate of Franklinton High School, where he was a member of the Demons football team. Alfred was a computer specialist for Shell Oil Company for 33 years before retiring. He then owned and operated Allen Air Care for several years. Alfred was a talented vocalist and was the lead singer for the gospel group The Fishermen Quartet. The group produced many albums and performed in countless churches throughout the Gulf Coast, each time accepting only “Love offerings” that the Lord blessed to fully fund their ministry for over 25 years. During this time, Alfred served as music minister and choir director for several churches in Washington Parish, including Pine First Baptist and most recently Thomas First Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, often spending a long time at the stocked pond on his property. 16 years ago, Alfred suffered a serious brain injury that ultimately required him to relearn all the basic functions of life. However, he totally regained a good quality of life only to suffer additional health problems several times that were deemed too much to overcome, but in each case he bounced back. Alfred was always a tough-as-nails fighter and used those extra years the Lord gave him to spend quality time with his family and beloved grandchildren, sharing meals and countless fun stories.
Survived by: Daughter and Son in law: Angela Allen Thomas and Tim Thomas of Thomas; Son and Daughter in law: Alfred Justin Allen and Andrea Allen of Mandeville; Grandchildren and a Spouse: Lana Thomas Zuelke and Barrett Zuelke of Livingston, LA, Laura Thomas of Franklinton, Shelby Allen and fiancé Kaleb Johnson of Seward, Alaska, Grady Allen, Clayton Allen all of Mandeville; Brother and Sister in law: Ken and Brenda Allen of Franklinton; Sisters in law and a Brother in law: Mary Jane Allen of Folsom, Virginia Bond Dickerson of Covington, Diana Bond Ladner and David Ladner of Franklinton; Also numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Vivian Sue Bond Allen, parents Ellie Allen and Letha Seal Allen, a brother Lonnie Allen, father in law and mother in law Ray Bond and Addie Holmes Bond, brother in law Ronnie Dickerson.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Saturday January 14th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Saturday with Rev. Jacob Gill officiating. Burial will follow in the Thomas Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Justin Allen, Tim Thomas, Grady Allen, Barrett Zuelke, Christopher Ladner, Stephen Warren, Nate Bracey