Orville E. "Sonny" Allen, Jr., 61, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 12, 2011. He was born on June 7, 1950 in Bartley, WV and was a son of the late Orville Ellsworth Allen and Edith Margaret Beavers Allen. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. In his spare time Sonny was an airplane enthusiast, enjoyed motorcycling with his friends, and was an amateur radio operator.Surviving are his wife, Teri Branch Allen, of the home; son, Justin Allen of Wadesboro, NC; daughter, Leslie Allen of Chapel Hill, NC; brothers, A. G. Allen and wife, Debbie, of Lenoir, NC, Darrell Allen and wife, Carolee, of Surgoinsville, TN; and Martin Wayne Allen and wife, Peggy, of Morganton; sisters-in-law, Lynne Hallyburton and Susan McCracken both of Morganton, and Cathy Griggs and husband, Kindell, of Reidsville, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.The funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2011, at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Martha Buff Welch officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 38, Drexel, NC 28619. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.
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