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02/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Claude Allen

Claude F. Allen
(06 Dec 1933 - 24 Feb 2013)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is more sad news this Tuesday.  Claude Allen, Class of 1953, passed away in Hampton on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the age of 79. 

From the Daily Press - 02/26/13:

            Claude F. Allen


    HAMPTON - Claude F. Allen was mercifully called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and Heart Disease.

He was born in Person County, N.C. on Dec. 6, 1933. He was a graduate of Newport News High School, Class of 1953.

As a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Claude lived his life professing his love for Jesus Christ which was apparent in the many years he traveled on the weekend singing as Bass for the "Liberty Quartet" and considered it an honor to be a member and former deacon of Liberty Baptist Church. He served as a Welding Foreman for 42 years in Dept. X-18, and was affectionately known as "Hoss". He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. in 1993.

Claude Allen
  When he was well, he spent his spare time working at his sawmill and making beautiful pieces of furniture in his workshop at home for the people he knew and loved. The undeniable strength that he had in his spirit coupled with his talented hands was an inspiration to anyone who knew him. He also loved singing in the Adult Choir and Senior Group Choir, "Heart Throbs" at Liberty Baptist Church. You could pick him out of a crowd with his "one of a kind " smile.

His legacy will live on in the hearts of many as they admire his countless hours of craftsmanship. He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 59 years, Myrtle C. Allen of Hampton; daughters, Donna Allen-Fowler and her husband Alan of Saylorsburg, Pa., Susan Allen of Hampton, Lori A. Allen of Newport News; one granddaughter that was the apple of his eye, Alyssa Anne Allen-Pierce of Newport News who fondly called him "Poppy"; sisters, Nancy White of Hampton, Kathryn Weiss of Newport News, and Shirley House and her husband Tom of Littleton, N.C.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 27 at Peninsula Funeral Home and the funeral will be on Thurs., Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, with the Reverend Joe Hunt officiating. The family requests that contributions be made to Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.

The family would like to thank the staff of the "Jefferson Wing" of James River Convalescent and the staff of Northampton Convalescent for all of their loving care and compassion. We were very blessed to have such "earth angels" to take care of the man we admired the most.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Claude would want us to ask you this question; if you died tonight do you know where you would spend eternity? Just ask Jesus to come into your heart and ask him to forgive you of your sins and then we shall spend eternity in Heaven together. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 26, 2013.

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February 26, 2013
I have known most of the Allen family for many years although not as close as his sister Nancy and I were in our earlier days. I worked for Claude in the shipyard and found him to be a considerate and enjoyable boss. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

February 26
, 2013 

Another great bass is added to the heavenly choir. I loved to hear the group sing. My prayers go out for the family.

~ Sandy Morrison, West Chester, Pennsylvania

February 26, 2013   

Joy and Integrity pretty much describe Claude. We were Boy Scouts together and our paths crossed in the workplace. He was a good and honorable boy and man. Condolences to the family.

~ Robert Whitley, Williamsburg, Virginia

February 26, 2013    

  To the Allen Family,

Myrtle - You were so blessed to have such a wonderful husband. I know you will miss him but remember he is in such a wonderful place now with no pain "Heaven". Praise the Lord.
Lori and Donna - remember all the good times and cherish the memories you have.
Susan - Just lean on God and he will help you thru this difficult time. I am here if you need me.
To you all - my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you all.

~ Charlene Jones, Hampton, Virginia

February 26, 2013   

Susan and Family,
I never had the pleasure of meeting Claude, but have known Susan since our Bethel Bruin days. With my last name being Allen, too, Susan &and I had the best time sitting side-by-side at our graduation in 1989. I'm sure Claude was there cheering Susan on as he will be forever in your hearts.
My deepest sympathy to the Allen Family.
Dana M. Allen

February 26, 2013 

Our condolences! Your family is in our prayers!

~ Mr. And Mrs. Wayne Jones, Newport News, Virginia

February 26, 2013   

With caring thoughts and deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you.

In Christ, Otis and Patsy K. Smith

February 26, 2013 

Claude is really home now. He and Bro. Jack are probably looking around for some walnut trees to mill. They are re-united now and I am looking forward to joining them. Blessings to Myrt and the family.

~ John Latham, Hampton, Virginia

February 26, 2013 

I remember many dinners with the Allens both at church and in their home. Claude even went out of his way to weld a piece that I had broken on my dad's vice. Claude Allen was one of the most spiritual people I have ever known. My love to the family.

February 26, 2013   

  My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this difficult time. I am here if you need me.

~ Teresa Vreeland, Newport News, Virginia

February 26, 2013   

  May God be with you during this difficult time!! May your father Rest in Peace!! Sincerely

~ Cheryl Matlock, Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania

February 26, 2013 

What wonderful thoughts and prayers are with the family and my heart is filled with joy that he is in no pain and in a wonderful place...made God be with you all :)

~ Amanda Topping, Newport News, Virginia

February 26, 2013 

What a wonderful man of God! I have counted it my privilege to have known the Allen family for nearly forty years and will never forget Claude singing with the Liberty Quartet. My prayers (and hugs) to Myrtle and the girls.

~ Arlene Wyatt Henderson, Blaine, Minnesota

February 26, 2013 

Dear Myrtle and family, I was sad to hear about your loving husband and friend Claude. I've known Claude for over 65 years and met him in wood shop at Newport News High School (1951). He was a lovely person and was married to a lovely lady named Myrtle. I can't tell you how much I thought of your husband Claude. We know where he is and that is heaven. I look forward to seeing my friend Claude in heaven. Love, Mickey and Carol Marcella

~ Mickey Marcella, Newport News, Virginia

February 26, 2013   

I never met you in person...I worked with Donna and she told many great and loving stories. You were very loved and will be missed by all; may you rest in peace.

~ Peter Howey, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

February 26, 2013   

Cousin Myrtle and family, when the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Hold on to those memories and cherish every one of them. My thoughts and prayers will be of the family at this sad time. God Bless.

~ Dorothy Fitzgerald 

February 26, 2013   

Myrtle, I am very sorry to learn of Claude's passing. I pray God's strength will sustain you during this time.

~ Ray Goff, Chesapeake, Virginia


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   Our deepest condolences are extended to the Allen family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Oh, How I Love Jesus

Words by Frederick Whitfield; Traditional American Melody

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Saviour's love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner's perfect plea.

It tells me what my Father hath,
In store for every day,
And tho' I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe,
Who in each sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.

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