James Martin Allen

Born in Old Hickory, TN on March 20, 1930

Departed on October 21, 2020 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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James Martin Allen, 90, of Goodlettsville, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Born March 20, 1930 in Old Hickory, TN, he was the son of the late William R. Allen and Mona A. Martin Allen. Martin was also preceded in death by his wife of nearly 30 years, Melba J. (Byram) Allen; and two daughters, Lee Ann Carlton and Tina Polson. Martin graduated from Dupont High School where he had excelled in sports. He had been Captain of his Football and Baseball teams and had also been a Nashville Golden Gloves Champion. Following graduation from high school, Martin joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea during the Korean War. Martin worked briefly at Dupont after returning from the Marines and was retired from the former Ford Glass where he worked in plant security. After retiring he enjoyed going to help his wife, Melba, at her job as manager of a 7-11 store. He also enjoyed going to the VFW Club in Hendersonville where he often spent time just enjoying the company of other veterans and drinking coffee. He had been a resident of Grace Manor which he loved. Martin is survived by daughters, Debbie (Hollis) Malone, Marta Allen, Chelli Allen, Lynn Marlow, Ruth Ann Marlow and Lorraine (Tony) Stella; a sister, Jean Judd; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Spring Hill Cemetery with Kyle Malone, Patrick Malone, Chad Malone, Eric Carlton, Jake Malkiewicz and John Demonbreun acting as pallbearers. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, TN.

7 Comments to James Martin Allen

  1. Angie
    October 25, 2020 10:30 am

    I love you Pops, and will always miss you. I know you’re rejoicing in Heaven with Momma ❤️💔

  2. Joni
    October 25, 2020 11:01 am

    Thinking of you and your family Chelli.

  3. carolyn troutt
    October 25, 2020 11:50 am

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for all the family.

  4. Sandra Brown-Hickman
    October 25, 2020 3:16 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Chelli, please know many are praying for you during this difficult time. Praying you will feel the presence of the Lord in a mighty way and He will uphold you during this time.

  5. Laini Roberts Burgett
    October 25, 2020 9:35 pm

    To me he was always Uncle Martin. He was always nice to me.
    Rest in peace Uncle Martin.

    Prayers for all of the family.

  6. Janice Lewellen
    October 26, 2020 9:15 pm

    Prayers and Love for the whole family!!! I love you Debbie!!! I know he’s at the heavenly fishing pond!!

  7. Robert Allen
    October 26, 2020 9:34 pm

    It was men(Marines) like James Martin Allen, my Uncle, that paved the way for my survival in Viet Nam. Growing up in Chattanooga, TN, as a your teen ager, I always looked forward to visiting my grandmother in Old Hickory because I would see my wonderful Aunts and Uncles. Each of my relatives had a way about them that would literally make you smile. As I grew older, I greatly admired all of my Uncles. They were excellent story tellers and I so much enjoyed hearing about the people and adventures they experienced during WWII and Korea. Uncle Martin would keep my attention for hours on end with his exploits and deeds he underwent in Korea as a United States Marine. Little did I know that his shared knowledge would one day help me out of some tough spots while I served with the Marines in Viet Nam. My Uncle Martin was one good Marine, and I am so proud to have been born at a time when serving our Country was an honor and especially to be part of such a gung-ho bunch of brothers.
    Semper Fi,
    Butch Allen

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