Melvin Allen, Sr


Melvin Leon Allen, Sr., aka Buck, of Keystone, West Virginia, went home to be with the Lord Monday morning on May 9, 2022, at his residence. He was born on August 5th, to Walter Allen and Viola Lee Allen. Melvin was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He dedicated his life to the Lord as a long member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, and Hopewell Baptist Church where he sang in the chorus.

Melvin was a dedicated employee with Columbus City School for 30 years, working at the Ft. Hayes Bus Compound as a mechanical technician. He spoke frequently about his co-workers and the joy they shared. He retired after 30 years of service. He was a high-ranking member of the Fraternal Order Knights of Pythias for many years. The Knights of Pythias were known for their kindness and instrumental in giving back and serving the community.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers; one sister; and one wife, Edna Allen; and two stepdaughters, Brenda Allen (Mitchell) and Jennifer Allen (Dewitt). He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted and loving wife of 25 years, Julia Harris Hunter Allen; daughter, Lynn Allen; son, Melvin Leon Allen, Jr.; grandson, Curtis Allen Fox; one brother in Roanoke, Virginia, Walter Allen; a host of loving nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Susie Commons; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; lodge brothers; and members of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday, May 20, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Marvin was a long time friend..
    May God. Be with you during
    This difficult time

  2. Deborah Allen-Swain

    Uncle Buck, I will truly miss you. You are my last uncle to receive your wings. Well done their good and favorite servant. Loving you always. Deborah & Tiffany and brother.

  3. Helen L Combs-Dulaney

    Melvin “Buck” Allen
    & Family of (Julia)
    Our condolences. Helen & Family
    Mel, it’s been a long time, since we met. We ended sharing good friends with each other, my husband Joe & your wife Julia. We shared our fun of going to the Casinos & spending nights on our getaways together, meeting at the food truck at Ft. Hayes, sharing donuts! Lodge trips by bus. Julia and I shared two great men that will meet again in Heaven, don’t you guys have too much fun without! We’ll take care of each other until God sees fit for us to meet again.
    Love you,
    Helen L Combs-Dulaney

  4. Erica Allen-Langhorne

    May he rest in heaven, to God be the glory. “For what’s lost on earth is gained in heaven” Much love in peace and grace. God is the renewer of all things. May God replace sorrow with sweet memories of what once was and let your tears be replaced with sweet reminders and laughter of the precious memorable times. Amen ❤️


    Buck get your rest! Yiu will always be remembered.


    Buck get your rest! You will always be remembered.

  7. Francine Commons

    I will always remember how loving you were to us when we came to visit. Always had a lovely personality. Sending love & prayers for understanding to my sister-in-law. Wishing I could of being there for you. We love you

  8. Paulette Smith

    FromMrs.Paulette& Mrs.Mary Smith we love you uncle Melvin ,auntie Julie you are a bright light in our life you going to heaven be with jesus to shine your light in heaven

  9. Pamela Harper

    Julia, family and friends, sendings prays and condolences to all. Gods grace and mercy will help you all make it through this difficult time. Hold on to Gods unchanging hand.
    He will be missed.

    Pamela Harper

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