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Charles Allen Jr

June 26, 1937 ~ July 20, 2018 (age 81)

Charles Allen Jr. was born to Charles and Lucille Allen Sr on June 26, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was the fourth of the five Allen children.  He was born with a strong sense of independence and a passion for entrepreneur endeavors. He had a master-minded mentality and he continually thought of many creative ways to make money throughout his years.  Serving in the Air Force from 1956-1960, further instilled in him the value of hard work. After the Air Force he moved back from Oakland, CA to Chicago, IL and worked at 7 UP.  He moved to Knoxville, TN in 1969 with a desire to start his own business. He worked multiple jobs to make his dream of entrepreneurship a reality.  In one of those endeavors he gained the title of “Jolly Rogers” due to his huge smile and friendly disposition.  He went on to become the proud owner of Soul City, the first African American owned beauty supply store in Knoxville, TN. He continued to have many businesses and side jobs throughout his life.

Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Carrie Burrell and Anna Stewart. 

Survived by children, Annette Allen-Shurn, Charles Anthony Allen, Carl (Margaretta) Allen Sr., Tracy Allen-Sims, Steven (Diedrea) Allen, Timothy Allen, Princess (Eugene) Brown, and Charma Allen; grandchildren, Carl (Christina) Allen Jr, Arielle (David) Mills, Kristina Camille Sims, Steven Allen II, Te’Airra Jones, Demetrius Allen, Keyana Callier, Monique Brown, Destiny Brown,  Tyneisha Gupton, Corey Allen-Calbert, Lakeisha Shurn, Tony Allen, and Laneah Allen; sister, Eloise (Lou Lou) Thompson; brother Titus Allen Sr.; a host of other family and friends to include great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friend Marsha Debro.

Monday, July 30, 2018, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with service to follow at Freedom Fellowship Christian Church at 4027 Papermill Road.  Pastor Derick Wakefield officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at East TN Veterans Cemetery, 2200 Gov. John Sevier Highway, where military honors and white dove release will conclude the service.  Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the service.  Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or


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