Cornell Allen

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Brother Cornell Allen graced this world with his presence on Sunday, August 22, 1926 and transitioned to his eternal rest on Monday, April 20, 2020 with his family at his side. He was born in Jefferson County, Alabama. Cornell was the first of thirteen children to the union of Ira and Susie Allen.

Raised in a Christian home, Cornell accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age, according to the word of God. Mr. Allen served his country honorably within the United States Army until his discharge in 1945. Not long after returning home, he married the love of his life Oweader Williams on February 16, 1947. Three years later Cornell and Oweader relocated to Columbus, Ohio where Cornell was employed with the Columbus Public School system and remained there until he retired in 1986.

On December 26, 1961 Cornell and Oweader welcomed their only child Susan Rochelle. It was important to maintain a Christian household. Their search to find a Christian bible based church lead them to Bethany Baptist Church, where they became faithful members and workers.

Being a man of skills, Mr. Allen exemplified the phrase “diy” as he dabbled in various areas of home improvement. He proudly passed his knowledge and experience onto his grandsons and any other young men willing to learn a trade.

Mr. Allen was also a man of discipline both in action and mindset. He was never afraid to speak his mind especially when it involved Civil Rights or wrong doings of any nature. Cornell worked to support his household and family. He was faithful to the responsibilities of a father and devoted husband to his late wife Oweader until her death in 2002.

Cornell is preceded in death by his parents Ira and Susie Allen, his wife of 55 years Oweader Allen, sisters Vera Long, Carrie Allen-Taylor, Mattie Willingham, and Olivia Solid, brothers Ozzie Allen, Gene Allen, Luvert Allen, Charles Allen, and Herman Allen.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory and continue his legacy; daughter Susan (Austin) Byrd, grandchildren Austin (Elisha) Byrd II, Shawntez Byrd, Oweader Byrd, Allan Byrd, and Sharae Byrd, great grandchildren Alissa Byrd, Shawniece Byrd, Austin Byrd III., and Shawniyah Byrd, all of Columbus, Ohio, siblings Mildred Sledge of Cleveland, Ohio, Leroy Allen of Bronx, NY., and special cousin Delores Wilson as well as loving sister-in-laws Mae Frances (Richard) Epps, LeeAnna Reese, Ethel Williams, Wille (John) Brown, Eva Allen, Mary Allen, Clara Williams and loving niece Felicia Gibson, endearing memories will be held by Robert Wilson, Sidney Byrd, Michael Sowell, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Union Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Mr & Mrs Donald Greggs (Rhonda)

    Sending our condolences may God wrap his arms around the family through this time of grieving in Jesus name amen.

  2. Expression of sympathy for your loss.
    In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts. With caring thoughts.

  3. Carl and Willie Mae whitt

    Sending our condolences praying for you and the family ,Cuz ,from whitt and I

  4. Jeanne Patterson

    Susan please accept my most deepest condolences.
    You know if the circumstances was different I would be there as you release your Father to our Heavenly Father sending you my Love and Prayers.

  5. Love you uncle. You live a long strong life. We will never forget you.

  6. Susan,
    I offer my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter their age. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period.

  7. Margretta (Houston) Gallaher

    Sending my most deepest condolences to you and your family.

  8. Tony Richardson

    Susan my dear friend my prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Rest in knowing your dad is with the Lord. Be blessed.

  9. Rosa Rodgers and family

    Sending prayers of comfort to the family. May you rest in peace Mr. Allen.

  10. William & Lisa Powell

    1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    Love & Prayers from your CA family

  11. Deborah Charney

    Susan: I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. May he rest in eternal peace. Thinking of you and your family. Sending light and love.

  12. My condolences to the Allen family. He will be missed. Every time he came to Alabama he would always visit us. You will be missed. Your Eutaw,AL family. Leeanna Young &Family

  13. Yolanda Jones Columbus Ohio

    Susan and family May God wrap loving arms around each and everyone and mend the broken hearts.

  14. Dr. Linda Hall, Mrs. Frances Noland & Mrs. Carrie Sanders

    Our family mourns the loss of such a dear and special cousin. The time we spent this past August with our beloved Cornell will be forever planted in our hearts.

  15. Carmen “ReNae”Allen

    Dearest Susan. Your dad was more than my family‘s cousin he was our godfather and friend Of God he was there all my entire life. We know your heart aches and we cry with you. But we do not weep with those who do not have hope for he loved God with all his heart and soul. We will continue to pray for our family weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Love your cousins Denise, Douglas, Carmen Sylvia, Miss Vera Woods.

  16. Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

    God Bless and A Heartfelt Thank YOU, Cornell for your service during WWII. Serving in The United States Army. And Semper Fi. ….. Soldier.

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