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James Rufus Allen Jr.

TEGA CAY -- James Rufus Allen Jr., (Jim), 75, the loving husband of Naomi Wilson Allen of Tega Cay, S.C., and formerly of Gastonia, N.C., passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center, with his family by his side. The son of James Rufus Allen and Elsie Lucille Allen, Jim was born in Gastonia, N.C., on October 21, 1933.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Naomi Wilson Allen; three daughters, Sharon Allen Buffo and husband, Cal, of Shingletown, Calif., Alison Allen Geers and husband, Jessie, of Baconton, Ga., and Jamie Allen Brooks and husband, Ricky, of Rock Hill, S.C.; twelve grandchildren, Michael Tune, Patrick Tune and Aaron Nelms of Calif., Trudy Davis, Nichol Hall, Dusty Hall, Jessica Hall, Cody Hall and Patricia Hall of Ga., and Brandon Allen, Nick Karwisch and Sarah Karwisch of S.C.; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol Blakeslee of Calif., and Nancy Beauchamp of N.C.

Jim proudly served thirty years in the U.S. Navy and Fleet Reserve, was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and an instructor at York Technical College. His passions in life included photography, travel, golf, family and many friends. He had a thirst for knowledge, which was indescribable and his passions for family as a father and provider were most admirable.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia, N.C. Entombment will be in Mausoleum B at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2008, at the funeral home.

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Carothers Funeral Home of Gastonia is serving the Allen family.