July 22, 1933 ~ April 23, 2022

Born in: New Albany, MS
Resided in: Candler, NC

Charles William Allen, 88, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022, at CarePartners Solace Center.

Mr. Allen was born July 22, 1933, in New Albany, MS to the late Howard B. and Lilly Sturgeon Allen. He was raised in Missouri and received his Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska.

He served our country in the US Army for 21 years, retiring in 1971, as E-8, First Sergeant. He was in the Special Forces and spent two tours in Vietnam.

Following his military career, he worked in claims with State Farm Insurance for 24 years, retiring as WNC region supervisor.

He is survived by his wife, Katharine Preston Massengill Allen; daughters, Deborah Gerdes (Bob) and Linda Morris; step-daughter, Christine Medford (Mark); grandchildren, Jessica Barker, Jacob Medford, Allison Morris, Spencer Morris and Courtney Moser, and a brother, Bob Allen (Sandy).

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.


Visitation: April 28, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: April 29, 2022 2:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Charlie was one of the best friends I have ever had in this long life. We have been buddies since he started his career with State Farm in Fayetteville N.C. We had some great times together. My wife Pat and I had pleasure of his company on several simple New Years Celebrations at our home in Fayetteville N.C. Charlie was a no nonsense kind of fellow, but had a heart of gold. I learned to love this guy. After he moved many years ago to Asheville and us to Wilmington, we did not see each other that much, but the bond was always there.
    Prayers from Pat and I for Preston and the family. Gene Coats

  2. I have a lot of good memories of Charlie from our days
    at The Country Club of Asheville. My thoughts and
    prayers are with your family.

  3. Preston, my sincere sympathy to you on the loss of Charles.
    May good memories help sustain you during this most difficult time.
    God Bless.
    Fred Ayers

  4. Dear Preston,
    I’m so sorry to read of the loss of your beloved Charles. May God be with you and your family during this time. It’s been a long time since we have seen each other but I always have kept you in my heart.
    Love. Ginger Cox

  5. Preston, I am so sorry for your loss. Charles was such a nice fellow. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  6. Preston & family,
    Nancy & I are thinking of you and praying that your cherished memories of Charles will hold you up in this difficult time.
    David Swann


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