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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: ALLEN: P J Allen--d;21/5/2006>USA
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 22:41:41 +0100

P.J. Allen, 85, of Kyle, TX, died May 21, 2006 in San Marcos, TX the same
town in which he was born on October 17, 1920, when his father, George Allen
was sheriff of Hays County. His father was later a Texas Ranger with Capt.
Frank Hamer. A descendent and namesake of the first pioneer settler of the
county, Phillip Jefferson Allen (who joined the fight to free Texas from
Mexican rule in 1835), P.J. lived for many years in the old family home in
Kyle TX . His parents loved to dance, and the children were taught to waltz
as they learned to walk. All of the Allen children for generations grew up
at the Camp Ben McCullough Reunion, and P.J. danced with the Confederate
soldiers. In the Allen family, honesty, kindness and manners were of utmost
importance. P.J. said his most valued possession was his friendship with his
parents. After graduation from San Marcos High School and Texas State
University, majoring in Commercial Art and Drama, P.J. went to New York City
and became a dancer at the Roxy Theater. He appeared in such shows as
Something for the Boys , a Mike Todd production, with Ethel Merman and Joan
Blondell. When he moved back home to Texas, he began using the barn that
previously had held the family's milk cow and chickens and enlarged the
facilities to accommodate his growing commercial art business. He did window
d├ęcor and holiday decorations for such stores as Joskes. He worked for 50
years as a commercial artist, making many of the floats for the River Parade
of San Antonio, the George Washington Celebration in Laredo, Buccaneer Days
in Corpus Christi, Charro Days in Brownsville, Aqua Festival in Austin and
many local small-town celebrations in Texas. During this time, he created
themes and decorations for many weddings and debutante presentations. In his
retirement, he enjoyed world travel, especially his trips to Russia.
Surviving P.J. are nieces and nephews, Les and Loraine Harrison of
Martindale, Allen and Mildred Perry of Giddings, Kay Thurman of Austin,
Gayle Grantham of Houston, Suzy and David Sims of San Antonio and many great
and great-great nieces and nephews. Also is sister- in-law Ethylee Allen of
San Antonio. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Guerin, Kenny Lale, Les Harrison,
David Harrison, Brock Thurman, Allen Perry, Rex Perry and Dr. George Perry.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, at Pennington
Funeral Home in San Marcos. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Texas
State College of Fine Arts and Communications, Attention: Laura Kistner, 601
University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Arrangements are under the care and
guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche Street, San Marcos,
TX 78666, (512) 353-4311.

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