James Thomas âJ.T.â Allen, 94, died April 30, 2012, peacefully at his home. Services will be Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East 3rd in Sweetwater, with Ron McElyea officiating. Burial will follow at the Nolan Cemetery in Nolan, TX under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
J.T. was born on Jan. 1, 1918, in Sweetwater, Texas. He was the youngest child of Henrietta King Allen and Rowe Allen.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Elvie Kinerd, Hassie Price, Mattie (Pat) Lambert, Lorene Kirby and Valeria Allen; and five brothers, Thomas Elzie Allen, James Marshall Allen, Waymond Farris Allen, William Hugh Allen and Thomas Wilford Allen.
J.T. graduated and attended Newman High School. He married Verna Lee Hamrick on March 16, 1941 in Baird, TX. J.T. served in the Army as a communications technician during World War II. After World War II, J.T. and Verna made their home in Sweetwater, TX. J.T. had a career in broadcasting and was employed by KXOX Radio and KTXS-TV as the director of engineering. He served as the director of engineering for Grayson Enterprises broadcasting group and was the owner of Wes Tex Towers.
In their spare time, J.T. and Verna traveled extensively. He was a long-time member of the Sweetwater Elks Lodge. His hobbies were in electronics and photography.
J.T. was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Verna; and was the father of two children, James Ronald who also preceded him in death and one daughter, Jerri Allen McElyea and her husband, Ron of Abilene and four grandchildren, Robin Allen Fraley and her husband Billy, Jason Allen, Amber McElyea Peck and her husband, Frank, Cameron McElyea and his wife, Tonya, 10 great-grandchildren and care giver and friends, Shellie and Katlyn Chance.
Pallbearers will be Zana Anderson, Billy Fraley, Derrick Fraley, J.T. Lambert, Raymond Lambert and Cameron McElyea. Two honorary pallbearers are Mel Clapper and Frank Peck.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.mccoyfh.com.