Joe Frank Allen
Joe Frank Allen
By Guy Henry
Joe Frank Allen, dean of Jefferson county's lawyers and a man who became
a legend in his own time in his home town, died at 8:00 o'clock this morning
at his home, 121 north 13th street.
Although he had been in failing health with a heart condition for the past
year, his death came as a profound shock to the community. Joe Frank, as
he was known by his hundreds of friends throughout Illinois, was 74 years,
11 months and one day of age.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Myers Chapel.
Dr. Clyde Funkhouser will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The
body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m.
Mr. Allen was born April 5, 1895 in Jefferson county, the son of John F.
and Margaret Allen. On June 17, 1925, he was married in St. Louis,
to Ruth Patterson, who survives. Mr. Allen was a member of the First Methodist
church, a past commander of the local American Legion Post, and a member
of the Masonic Lodge, Elks, Moose, Veterans of World War I, Jefferson County
Bar Association and Illinois Bar Association. Joe Frank was a master orator
and story-teller. An example of that is well remembered by fellow lawyers.
The occasion-on April 28, 1967- was a Jefferson County Bar Association
banquet at which he was honored for 47 years of service. Circuit judges
joined local lawyers to laud Joe Frank for almost a half century of outstanding
service to his profession and the people of his county. At that meeting
it was noted that he kept the Bar Association "on an even keel" and that
he helped establish firm and long-lasting friendships and harmony among
the lawyers of the area. After the Bar Association adopted a citation honoring
him, Joe Frank was called on to be the speaker in observance of Law Day USA. He
delivered a ringing speech on Americanism that fellow lawyers were talking about
for weeks. Mr. Allen was prominent in Republican party circles for many years.
Over the years he had become an institution in his home town. He will be missed.
Surviving besides his wife, is a sister, Mrs. Katie Mae Hart of Mt. Vernon.
Submitted by: Cindy Ford