James Willard Allen

James Willard Allen, age 69, of Franklin, entered into rest Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 1 p.m. at his residence.

A private family funeral will be held Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home with burial in Sulphur Spring Cemetery in Simpson County.

Willard was born on July 17, 1950 in Logan County to the late J.W.Allen and the late Mary Elizabeth Turner Allen. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Allen.

He is survived by his lovely wife of 32 years, Pat Allen; three sons, Will Allen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Keith Allen (Linda) of Disputanta, Virginia and Craig Allen (Maggie) of Deephaven, Minnesota; two step-daughters, Muffin Steers Farese (John) of Oxford, Mississippi and Samantha Steers Curd (Paul) of Gallatin, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Abby Allen, Owen Allen, Ashley Allen, Nell Allen and Henry Allen; five step-grandchildren, Emma Reed Farese, Ellis Farese, J.P. Courtney, Stannard Farese and Anna Grace Courtney; one brother, Bobby Allen (Christine) of Russellville.

Willard was a loving husband, devoted father and brother and loyal friend known in his community as an outstanding farmer and businessman. He was an avid golfer and UK’s biggest basketball fan who will be most remembered for his giving and gentle spirit. Willard always nurtured through humor!

Each year he loved spending the second weekend in August with family and friends playing in the Franklin Country Club’s Men’s Invitational Tournament. Holidays at home with his family always had him at the head of the table.

He worked his whole life as a farmer and was awarded the F-S Agricultural Leadership Award in 2008. Willard attended First Baptist Church in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are to be made to the Amercian Cancer Society, c/o Marie Pitts, 1006 Seng Avenue Franklin, Kentucky 42134 or First Baptist Church, 303 East Cedar St., Franklin, Kentucky 42134. Donations may be mailed or dropped off at the funeral home.

  • Visitation will be held Thursday, June 25 from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home. Masks will be required to attend this visitation.

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