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Terrance Van Allen, a native and resident of the Dickinson community, departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 at his earthly home.

He was born to the parentage of the late Percy Lee Allen and Juanita Pate Allen, the eleventh of twelve children. Van accepted Jesus as his savior when he was a very little boy at Midway Baptist Church in Dickinson under the leadership of the Rev. S.L. Penn. He loved church and his pastor, Rev. William Sharp Jr. He was a very dedicated usher and loved to usher. He took it very seriously. It was his job. He didn’t even want to go out of town on the weekends for fear he wouldn’t be back for church on Sunday to usher. He loved to pray for everyone who was sick or bereaved, and did he send up some long ones!

Van attended the public schools of Clarke County in Fulton, Grove Hill and Jackson. He loved life and loved to have fun! He showed himself friendly; therefore, he had many friends who showed their friendship and love for him. He never met a stranger! Everywhere he went, he saw someone he knew. He genuinely loved everybody!

The gift that God blessed Van with was an exceptional memory. He could remember conversations that he had with his daddy and others from his early childhood and beyond. He was an amazing person!

He is survived by five sisters, Bessie Simmons of Toddtown, Nell Barron of Calera, Betty (James) Campbell of Thomasville, Patricia Allen of Dickinson and Pernita (Vincent) Banks of Pleasant Grove; two brothers, Dwight Allen of Grove Hill and Wayne (Kathy) Allen of Pike Road; one uncle, Young (Delores) Pate of Chicago, Ill.; seven nieces, Sharmilla (Willis) Sands, Shinetta (Riley) Bridges, Angel (Patrick) McCaskill, Natalie Simmon, Nicole Allen, Lynde Banks and Carisha Allen; four nephews, Lavoris (Tangela) Noid, Monte (Erica) Barron, Kerwin (Keshawanna) Allen and Andrew Campbell; seven great-nieces and 15 greatnephews; one brother-in-law, Charles Barron; with many cousins and a slew of friends.

Van was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Grace Evelyn, Linda Gray, Percy Lee Jr. and baby Wendy.

A graveside service was Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Dickinson with Rev. William Sharp Jr. as pastor and officiant.

Condolences to the family may be offered at

Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed. (52-1tp)

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