Services for William Brice Allen, 95, of Crosbyton will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Crosbyton First Baptist Church with Duane McClure and Rev. Lester Griffin officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton. Brice passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at the Crosbyton Nursing Home.
William Brice Allen was born July 25, 1915, in Childress County to James Brice Allen and Myrtle Roach Allen. Brice married Connie McClure on December 25, 1941, in Crosby County.
He is survived by, Judy Beth Allen and friend Jo Forbus, Lubbock; Janie Lynn Allen Andrews Wigley and husband David Wigley; Susan Genelle Allen Gowens and husband Gary Lee Gowens, all of Crosbyton; four grandchildren, Kevin Brice Andrews and wife Elisabeth Andrews of College Station, Kari Diane Andrews Burk and husband Will of Odessa, Jill Denise Gowens Henry and husband Brandon Kyle Henry of Crosbyton, James Lee Gowens and wife Shavonne Brock Gowens of San Angelo; two great-granddaughters, Haley Renee Lawson Henry and Stormy Renae Henry of Crosbyton; three great grandsons, Kyan Andrew Reekeb of Midland, Brock Allen Gowens, and Brice Jackson Gowens of San Angelo.
Brice was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Carol Allen May; his parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Brice graduated from Lockney High School in 1933. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1941.
Some of Brice's accomplishments are as follows: Member of and Deacon of First Baptist Church in Crosbyton, Association President of Baptist Brotherhood, Treasurer of Caprock Baptist Association, President of Senior Adult Encampment Plains Baptist Assembly, 1959 Lions Soil Conservationist of the Year, President of Chamber Of Commerce 1982, Crosbyton Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year 1982, President of Crosbyton Cemetery Association & Director, President of Crosbyton Lions Club, Treasurer of Crosbyton Lions Club, Lions District 2t2 Zone Chairman, Vice District Governor, Director of Lions Great Plains Eye Bank, Project Site Committee Charter Member Crosbyton Sr Citizens 1993, Chairman Crosbyton County Commemorative Committee Celebrating Victory in WWII 50 Years since Allied Forces Defeated the Axis Powers, Crosby County, Life Membership Texas Lions Camp June 3, 1991, Century Club Member Texas A & M Former Student Association Since 1971, Life Membership Great Plains Lions Eye Bank, Caprock Baptist Association E xecutive Board, Committee, "Spanning the Centuries" Wayland Baptist University, Special Award Given To Brice and Connie Allen Crosbyton Chamber of Commerce 1995, Outstanding Soil Conservationist Crosby County 1959, Certificates of recognition, Great Plains Lions Eye Bank as a board member 1993, outstanding Christian Service with Baptist men, First Baptist Church, Crosbyton.
Military service: 1st Infantry, Ft. F.E. Warren, Wyoming 1935-1937. Graduate of Texas A&M, 1941 commissioned into armed forces of the United States as Second lieutenant in the Corp of Engineers. Received training at Engineer School Ft. Belvoir, VA, Assigned to 46 Engineer Regiment Camp Bowie, Texas sent to Motor School, Detroit, Michigan, then to Great Louisiana Manervers Camp Bowie, Brownwood as Assistant Motor Officer. His regiment was sent January 14, 1942, by railroad to Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania and on January 23, 1942, New York Harbor, convoy of ships for oversea duty. February 27, 1942, dropped anchor Melbourne, Australia entrained for 2000 mile trip, east coast of Australia to Townsville, Queensland where the 46 Engineers built air strips, roads and docks in New Guinea, Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Iron Range & Kiriwina January 1943, assigned as 46th Engineer Motor Pool Officer & promoted to 1st Lt. On March 1944 boarded Liberty Ship landing in San Francisco; Ca USA, Received orders April 1944 for Ft. Belvoir, VA Engineer School assigned Port Motor Pool Officer. Quarters on post and prompted to Captain. December 1944, Honorable discharge, active service January 1946, Active Officer Reserve final discharge April 1953. Active service, reserve and ROTC spanned 18 years.
Brice farmed the "Family Farm" from 1946 to 1985 retiring in Crosbyton.
William Brice Allen United States Army Credits include: American Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign, Presidential Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 6 to 7 PM at Adams Funeral Home in Crosbyton.
In lieu of flowers, family request donations are sent to Crosbyton First Baptist Church or Crosbyton Lions Club.
Published in Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Wednesday, August 18, 2010Father: James Brice ALLEN
Mother: Myrtle ROACH
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