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Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:1-6
Deacon Thomas C. Allen, affectionately known as “The Friendly Deacon” or for short “Deac'' transitioned from this earthly life to be with the Lord on January 24, 2024 at the age of 83, surrounded by loving family and friends in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Deacon Allen passed away after a 20-year battle with heart disease and associated medical challenges. He faced this battle with grace and unwavering faith in the Lord that deﬁned his life. At age 22, Thomas accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior under the guidance of Elder W. Calvin Williams and Shepherdess Bertha M. Williams the Founders of Saints Temple, Church Of God In Christ in Brooklyn, NY., whom he loved so much.
Thomas was born on June 2, 1940, in Surry, Virginia, to James C. and Ruby Anna Allen. He was the oldest of 10 siblings: Julet E. Allen-Parrish, Ruby A. Allen-Daniels, Henrietta V. Branch-Tullis, Percell A. Branch Jr, Dorothy Branch, James Branch, Benjamin F. Branch, Joseph L. Branch and Laura Maranda Branch.
Thomas’ formative years were spent as a farmer in Surry, Virginia until moving to New Jersey in 1957. His life journey and church life led him to meet Dorothy Marie Clark in 1962. They were married on her birthday February 26, 1964 in Newark, New Jersey and shared over 60 years of love and dedication to each other. They have two sons James T. Allen and Thomas Tremayne Allen; and two grandchildren Mercedes J. Allen and Alanna R. Allen.
Thomas and Dorothy's lives were devoted to serving the Lord and their church Saints Temple C.O.G.I.C. where he rose to become the Chairman of the Deacon Board and she was the Church Clerk and choir member. In his everyday life Thomas was multi skilled in many trades as an automotive mechanic, typesetter and general handyman. Thomas was known for always being there to help whomever needed assistance. In retirement Thomas and Dorothy moved from East Orange NJ to Bethlehem PA where they attended Greater Shiloh Church in Easton PA. There they continued to serve the Lord and lead other souls to believe in Jesus Christ.
His legacy is one of love, faith, and selﬂess service, leaving a lasting mark on all fortunate enough to have crossed his path. Thomas had a special love for seniors and children. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for his wise counsel, steadfast dedication, and tireless commitment to God, the Church, family and community. He touched countless lives through his grace, wisdom and generosity of spirit.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents James C. and Ruby Anna Allen, his step-father Percell A. Branch Sr, his siblings Percell and Dorothy Branch. He is survived by his beautiful wife Dorothy Allen, his sons JT and Tremayne Allen. His adored grandchildren Mercedes and Alanna. His siblings Julet, Ruby, Henrietta, James, Ben, Joe Louis, and Laura. Also remembering his life and legacy are a host of natural family, church family members and friends.
Deacon Allen was a man of deep faith, honesty, and integrity who humbly dedicated his life to serving God and showing love to others. His legacy of compassion, wisdom, and commitment to his family and community will continue to impact all who were blessed to know him. A humble man of God who showed love to everyone.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Funeral Services will take place on Monday at 11AM in Greater Shiloh Church. Viewing begins at 10AM.
Interment will take place on Tuesday at 11AM in Rosehill Cemetery-Linden, NJ. Procession will form at the cemetery gate at 10:30AM