Austin Junior Allen

September 02, 1934 ‒ July 29, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio

Austin Junior Allen, 82, of Centerburg, a member and former elder of the Centerburg Church of Christ, left his Earthly family to join his Heavenly one on Saturday, July 29, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 2, 1934 in Athens County, Ohio and attended Nelsonville High School.

He earned his certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship in the trade of Painting and Decorating in 1954. After serving as an apprentice painter with Mollenauer Painting, he along with his brother Bob started Allen Brothers Painting from which he retired after 35 years. He was known to lend a helping hand or guidance if there was a painting job to be completed.

Austin enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, wintering in Punta Gorda, Florida and helping his wife Shirley. He also enjoyed visiting and was involved with the Murray City Railroad Depot Improvement.

Austin is survived by his daughters, Jeri (Don) Hall of Johnstown and Shawna Young of Centerburg; daughter-in-law, CeAnn Allen-Linstedt (Randy) of Centerburg; grandchildren, Chris (Megan) Hall of Palm Bay, Florida, Mike (Tina) Barber of Centerburg, Austin (Courtney) Allen of Centerburg and Aubrie Allen of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Preston and Blake Barber of Centerburg and Ava, Kensey and Dean Hall of Palm Bay, Florida; brothers, George (Penny) Pancake of South Bloomingville, Ohio and James (Marya) Pancake of Cardington; many nieces and nephews.

Austin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley (Robinson) Allen, his son Charles “Chuck” Allen, a brother Robert Allen, mother and father Forest and James Pancake.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to his caregivers, Alicia Spinosi, Steven Smithson and Kaitlyn Callahan.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 4 – 8 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 @ 61, Sunbury, OH. Funeral services celebrating Austin’s life will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Rd., Centerburg, OH with Pastor Daryn Dawes officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Allen family.

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  • To the many memories that Austin made for lots of people in his life, Family and friends I lift up my prayers that that the example he set will never be forgotten. God Bless the family during this time. Thanks for the memories.

  • Will miss you Uncle! Loved you very much. You were a second Dad to me my whole life. Dennis and I enjoyed working with you on the board in the depot at Murray City. We know you are in heaven with Aunt Shirley, Chuck and all who went before. RIP

  • Austin will be missed. He was a Godly man and roll model to all who knew him. Heaven gained another angel.

  • I will always have warm heart felt memories when I think of you and your smile. There was a time at Mom and dads when I was having a rough spell….I have carried our talk that day throughout my life. Your wisdom got me through tough times. I love you uncle Junior. My condolences are with Shawna and her family ..CeAnn and her family …and Jeri and her family . Fly high Junior…Shirley and Chuck are waiting no more.

  • Junior you came into my life when I was 12 years old and was the brother I didn’t have. I will miss our special talks, your smile, and always wish I could see you one more time. The love you had for me and my family are the memories I will always cherish. You are the best! Until we meet again and we will – I promise you that!!!!

  • I will miss you Uncle Junior. You & Aunt Shirley were really good to our family. You & Shirley stayed with mom, dad, Shannon, Sandy & Randi Marlene the whole day during my parathyroidectomy surgery at James Cancer. You & Shirley were there when we got the news from mom’s cardiologist that they thought she wouldn’t make it, and you were there everyday at the hospital. You were also there for dad when he was in the hospital and Shannon also! I’m so glad I went with mom, dad & Shannon to visit with you about a month ago. When we were leaving, you gave me a hug and you were afraid to hug me too hard due to me just having a mastectomy. You & Shirley were the most caring Aunt & Uncle and I love you! I know you are in Heaven now with Aunt Shirley & Chuck. RIP Uncle Junior.

  • Austin was a very supportive elder in my father’s ministry. Loved he and Shirley! At Doyt’s funeral he said Doyt always told him “a funeral was the last gift someone gives their family and friends”. May the family enjoy the gift of each other as they honor and celebrate Austin’s life. He was such a good man!

  • Austin may you rest in the loving and comforting arms of Jesus now. I am praying for your family during this difficult time. I will always remember the things you taught for so many years from the Bible showing us the love that God has for us. RIP.

  • My Heart goes out to the family, Austin has certainly lived his dash! He was a very compassionate and very giving and loving man. Although he will be forever in many hearts and will never be forgotten, he will be sadly missed here on earth! Much love and Prayers to family.

    Love Cindy S.

  • We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  • So sorry for your loss, cherish the memories, may they comfort you.
    Austin will be missed.

  • SO SO SORRY. Austin was a great man, father, grandfather, and a great painter. Will surely be missed. Bob Harrod

  • -In deepest Love Sympathy, Please keep the Allen Family Centerburg, Ohio in Prayers Austin Sr. age 82 passed away this morning Sat. July 29, 2017…. Thy good and Faithful Servant, absent from the body is present with Lord Savior Jesus the Christ Messiah, it’s always hard to say Good Bye until we meet again in Eternity Heavenly Home…

    John 3:1-21 -NIV, Colossians 3:1-17 -NIV, Revelation 21:1-27 -22:1-21

    1 John 1:1-4 -NIV

    The Incarnation of the Word of Life

    1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.

    2 The Life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Heavenly Father and has appeared to us.

    3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have Fellowship with us. And our Fellowship is with the Heavenly Father and with his Son, Jesus the Christ Messiah.

    4 We write this to make everlasting Joy complete.

    Austin, Shirley, Jeri, Chuck, Shawna along Bob, Marilyn, Kathy, CeAnn, Spouses, children, Granddchildren, G-Grandchildren Family are a good faithful kind gentle compassionate, pleasure to known since 1970 Austin was gentle kind showed teached many children teens adults the lessons of daily Christian Life, Jeri, Shawna, Chuck, Kathy & I had known each other since 6th grade to 12 grade, young adults visited stayed at Allen Farms Lock Rd. Centerburg & Creek Rd. Sunbury many times lots memories too…

    I’ve changed my address to Heaven
    I’ve crossed the Great Divide,
    I know there’s no sorrow or crying,
    Because I’ve reached the other side,
    I am so happy to be here,
    for the Lord Himself I see,
    I’ve changed my address to Heaven,
    I bid this world goodbye,
    I now live forever eternity with Jesus Christ
    in my new home in the Heavenly Rainbow,
    I have no burdens or heartaches,
    And from tears I am now free,
    I’ve changed my address to Heaven,
    I’m safe forevermore,
    For the Lord Jesus built many rooms mansions,
    And my name is on the door,
    You can find us walking together,
    For where Jesus is, I’ll always be,
    I’ve changed my address to Heavens Kingdom,
    That’s the place we all shall be,
    Meet Come to Jesus at My New Address
    Austin, Shirley, Chuck, Bob Allen
    12 Gates Golden City Parkway
    New Jerusalem, Heaven 77777

  • Austin gave me my first summer job, a sense of community, and supported in ministry and reaching out to people…

    I am deeply saddened by his passing but I know he is home.

    Prayers to the Allen family, friends, and my dear 1st church family at Centerburg Church of Christ

  • My heart goes out to you and Shawna. It’s funny how you cannot be around a person for so many years and still feel a deep loss over their passing. I will always remember spending the night with you and in the mornings around 3 AM ( or so it seemed to me )your dad would be up getting ready for work. He was a great man, he was a kind man. May God give you his peace in this time