Dr. Dewey Edward Allen, Jr. age 91 of Malvern, died Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Baptist Hospital in Malvern. He was born on January 1, 1924 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late Dewey Edward Allen, Sr. and Frankie Autry Allen. His birth mother died when Dewey was very young, and he was reared by his step-mother, Margaret Laxton Allen. Dewey joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and, after training, flew on a B-17 bomber for combat duty over Italy. He was an aircraft mechanic and top turret gunner. Dewey was awarded eight medals for his service in World War 2. These include the Air Medal and four Bronze Battle Stars. His bomb group received two Presidential Unit Citations. After being honorably discharged in November of 1945, he began his collegiate pre-dental studies, and was accepted in Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri School of Dentistry in May, 1947. He graduated in May, 1951 and practiced in Malvern for 37 ½ years.
Dewey spent his entire adult life helping those who could not help themselves. He was a member and former chairman of the board of trustees of First United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Malvern Lions Club, and walked the streets for 25 years selling brooms, light bulbs, and mops, with the proceeds helping the local visually impaired. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by the Rotary Club for his work in the Shots for Tots Program, which helped with immunizing pre-schoolers. Dewey made several dental missionary trips to Mexico with a group called Christian Hands in Action. He was a volunteer veteran’s advocate, representing 1600 members of his bomb group, and helped many of them get approved for disability. An avid hunter and fisherman, he had been a member of Creed Deer Camp at Rison. He felt truly thankful to God for the blessings he received during his long and fruitful life.
He is survived by a daughter, Cindy Matthews and her husband Terry of Malvern; two sisters, Frances Bauer and Agnes McCuin; a brother, Harold Allen; grandchildren, Michelle Short, Jessica Allen Schlinker; great-grandchildren, Cameron Short, Ashley Short, and Sydney Short.
Dewey was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Linell Allen, and a son, Dewey Edward Allen, III (Butch).
A memorial service will be held at one o’clock Friday afternoon, January 23, 2015 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after the ceremony.
Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.
Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.