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Leola (Shears) Allen

October 24, 1944 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Leola Allen Obituary

The Allen, Wilson, and Nolan families of Roanoke are deeply saddened to share the heartbreaking news that our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Leola (Shears) Allen, 79, has slipped away from us.  She transitioned from this life on Friday afternoon, February 2, 2024, at Wellstar Hospice Care of Lagrange.   Our mother was a native of Five Points, Alabama; yet a lifelong resident of the Historic East Roanoke community, and the widow of the late Jerry Allen, Jr.  We desperately need your prayers as we prepare to celebrate her life and homegoing.  Our deepest thanks are expressed to all of our family, friends and loved ones for the love and prayers coming our way.

Our mother was born in Five Points, Chambers County, Alabama on October 24, 1944, to her loving parents the late, Enoch Shears, Sr., and Leola (Smith) Shears.   She attended the Historic Randolph County Training School here in Roanoke.   From a very early age, she was a member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, LaFayette, where she remained a faithful member until the end. This amazing lady loved her church and her church family. 

On June 6, 1965, at age twenty-one (21), she married the late Jerry Allen, Jr., who preceded her to heaven, on February 18, 2018.  Jerry transitioned in Carrollton, GA, after a long illness.  Our mother was a very smart — industrious woman, taking on the full-time challenge of employment in Roanoke's local textile industry while fulfilling her role as wife and homemaker.   She started working at Candlewick Yarns on July 26, 1974, and remained a consistent, reliable, steadfast employee until September 8, 2006.  She proudly retired after 32 years in the textile industry, which was the driving force behind Roanoke's economy at the time.  After her retirement, she often enjoyed an occasional walk in the morning hours.  Who knows why she enjoyed it so much?  Perhaps this was her special time to connect with our Creator. 

Mother transitioned from this life on Friday afternoon, February 2, 2024.  She was in the care of Wellstar Hospice Care in LaGrange, GA.

Her beloved family includes two (2) amazing daughters: Angela Wilson (Mike), and  Donna Nolan (Randy) both of Roanoke, four (4) grandsons: Windell John  Nolan, Jr. (Takiis) of Honolulu, HI, William Jay Nolan and Michael Travon Wilson, Jr. both of Roanoke, and Markiece Williams of Troy, AL; two (2) granddaughters: Kierra Nicole Wilson of Opelika, AL and Aliyah Jamaya Wilson of Roanoke; a great-grandson, Liam John Nolan of Honolulu, HI; and one (1) great-granddaughter: Ka'Loni Na'Ryah Harris of Opelika, AL; a sister, Mildred Patillo of Roanoke; and last but certainly not least, a special niece, Nannette Phillips of Roanoke. 

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Services

Private Viewing for Family Only
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Stateroom Viewing For The Public
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

In State Viewing For The Public
Thursday
February 8, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
New Harmony Baptist Church
7419 County Road 158
LaFayette, AL 36862

Celebration of Life
Thursday
February 8, 2024

1:00 PM
New Harmony Baptist Church
7419 County Road 158
LaFayette, AL 36862

Interment Immediately following Committal Service
Thursday
February 8, 2024

New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery
7419 County Road 158
LaFayette, AL 36862

Committal Service Following the Funeral
Thursday
February 8, 2024

New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery
7419 County Road 158
LaFayette, AL 36862

Repast To Follow Interment

Please note

PLEASE NOTE: All service times shown reflect Central Daylight Time

OFFICIATING: Reverend Doug Jones (Pastor, New Harmony Baptist Church, Lafayette, AL)

EULOGIST: Pastor Doug Jones (New Harmony Baptist Church, LaFayette, AL)

OTHER MINISTERS SHARING THE ROSTER: Reverend William H. Trammell, Reverend Jerome Trammell

VOCALISTS: Brother Kennis White

PALLBEARERS: Family and Friends

FLOWER BEARERS: Family and Friends

PLEASE NOTE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
The State of Alabama does not have a state-wide mask mandate however, WE ASK all visitors and guests of the family to please note that the incidence of COVID-19 cases throughout Alabama are rising.

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Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this time of sadness; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Allen, Wilson and Nolan families during the very difficult loss of their beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and faithful friend, Mrs. Leola (Shears) Allen

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