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Wilburn Allen

A graveside service for Mr. Allen was to be held today at 3 p.m. in Greenlea Cemetery in Fulton. Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Allen was a long-time member of Fulton First Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Three C’s Sunday School Class. He was also a 65-year member of the Roberts Masonic Lodge No. 172 in Fulton. He was a former Fulton County magistrate and a Kentucky Colonel and had served for several years as the ABC agent for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in Fulton.
He was a retired conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad, having worked there from 1942 until his retirement in 1984. He also worked several years for the United Fruit Company in Fulton and had served as a volunteer fireman for several years for the Fulton Fire Department. He took up the game of golf at the age of 70 and played his last nine holes at the Fulton Country Club on his 96th birthday.
Wilburn, who was born in Fulton on June 11, 1919, was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Neal Allen, in 1986. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Ruth Allen; his stepmother, Gladys Allen; his brother, Woodrow; and his sisters, Ila Mae Allen, Ina Bee Boaz and Mossie Beadles Brann. His sister-in-law Rosemary Sutton, and his brother-in-law Henry Neal and his wife, Maxine, also preceded him, as did brothers-in-laws Jim Harvey Boaz and Stanley Beadles; his sister-in-law Eleanor Allen; and his niece. His long-time companion, Evelyn Burcham, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his niece and six nephews.
His knowledge of Fulton and the residents of the Twin Cities was vast and he will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.
The family has requested that memorials in Wilburn’s name be made to the Twin Cities Railroad Museum, 700 Milton Counce Drive, South Fulton, TN 38257.
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