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S. L. Allen

July 11, 1932 July 3, 2019
S. L. Allen
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S. L. ALLEN OBITUARY

Mr. S.L. Allen (Samuel) was born in Macon Mississippi, to William and Mamie Allen, on July 11, 1932. S.L. had a younger brother who drowned as a young boy in Lake Michigan. His parents also pre-deceased him in death.

S.L. (Sam) was educated by the Chicago Public School system. He attended Doolittle Grammar School and Dunbar High School. While at Dunbar, he was a "B+" student, played football and also ran track. It was also at Dunbar he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Salone. He used to say that the best thing that ever happened to him in his life, was when he met Barbara Jean at Dunbar High School. In his own words: "He loved him some Barbara Jean!" (Smile).

After graduating from high school, S.L. received several college football scholarships. At the same time, the United States was engaged in the Korean War, and it was in high gear. S.L. made the decision to join the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years. After completing four years of service, even though one of his football scholarships was still available to him, he made the decision to be with his wife and son, Michael in Chicago, rather than go off yet again, to college.

In 1958 while working at CTA, he opened up his own barber shop, after attending Barber College. He maintained this business at 66th and Halsted, and then at 69th and South Park (now known as Martin Luther King Drive).

So after learning the tuck-pointing trade, he felt that it was time to go into business, yet again, and established in 1967 "Allen and Son Building Maintenance" which was a thriving business for 30 years, until the day he retired, which he passed on to his son Michael.

S.L. was an excellent neighbor and a mentor to the young men in the neighborhood. Upon moving to South Peoria Street, he became active in the Little League Baseball Organization, and gathered all of the young men, whom he faithfully coached for ten years. He also encouraged and expected the families to attend the games, and to provide the refreshments for the games, and to provide the refreshments for the games. Everyone in the neighborhood knew and loved "Mr. Allen" as he was affectionately called.

The doorbell rang one day; he answered it, to find two guys from Trinity United Church of Christ standing there, inviting him to attend. That was in 1966. He accepted the invitation, attended and was baptized soon after. He joined and became active in the Usher Board, Trustee Board and Building Committee. He was involved in the church's first business venture - The Flower Shop, where he became principal manager. S.L. was in charge of and oversaw the completion of the new church at 400 W. 95th Street.

All while doing his local church work, he became involved in the Wider Church through the Local Association; Conference and National United Church of Christ. He was a board member of the Association (CMA); of the Illinois Conference, and the Community Renewal Society, an affiliate social justice organization of UCC. He did all of this while running and maintaining his Tuck-pointing Business and providing leadership to his family and neighborhood.

He joined the United Black Christians (UBC). He became president of the local chapter of the United Black Christians, and two years later he was elected as the National President of the United Black Christians, representing the voice of the 70,000 black members of the United Church of Christ, where he served for four years. He was later elected to the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ, the governing body of the National UCC Denomination, where he served as the chairman of the Finance Committee.

After more than 30 years of church service, S.L. and Barbara retired in the year 2000. He was happily married to his high school sweetheart for fifty-five years. She passed away in 2007. God blessed S.L. and Barbara with two children, Michael and Sandi. Michael passed away in 2013.

S.L. leaves behind his daughter Sandi, three grandchildren; one great grandchild and a daughter-in-law. He also leaves to mourn his passing, aunts; brothers-in-law; sisters-in -law, nieces, nephews, many cousins, his church family and lots and lots of friends.

God Bless S.L. and to God Be the Glory, for a life well lived, for a man f


SERVICES INFORMATION FOR MR. S.L. ALLEN

VISITATION:
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Trinity United Church of Christ

VISITATION:
Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 5:30 pm

WAKE:
Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

FUNERAL:
Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

LOCATION OF SERVICES:
Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Interment: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Leaving Brookins Funeral Home at 9:30 am
Washington Memory Gardens
701 Ridge Road
Homewood IL 60430


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

11

Jul

3:00 PM 7/11/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
Trinity United Church of Christ

400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street Chicago 60620 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

12

Jul

12:00 PM 7/12/2019 12:00:00 PM - 6:30 PM 7/12/2019 6:30:00 PM
Trinity United Church of Christ

400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street Chicago 60620 IL
United States

Service

Friday

12

Jul

6:30 PM 7/12/2019 6:30:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/12/2019 8:00:00 PM
Trinity United Church of Christ

400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street Chicago 60620 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 Ridge Road
Homewood, IL 60430

701 Ridge Road Homewood 60430 IL
United States
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