Mr. E.W. Allen, son of the late Velma (Watson) Callaway and Arthur Allen was born October 18, 1933 in Marque, Leon County Texas. He attended the public schools of Leon County. After public school, he enlisted into the military armed forces June of 1954 which gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He actively served in the conflicts of Korea and Vietnam
which he earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with additional medals, badges and ribbons not mentioned. While serving his country in the Air Force, E.W. continued his education and graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration. In the 26 years he served, he rose up in rank and retired in 1980. He pursued a second career in the Civil Service which he finally retired in 1986.
During E.W. Allen’s military service he was sent to Japan which he met and married Take Yamada in October of 1957. This union was blessed with six children. Take preceded him in death on August 14, 1984 which they both will be laid to rest together.
Mr. Allen was an active member of the San Antonio Zulu Association. His Zulu brothers were the originating members of the popular ‘Taste of New Orleans’ celebration in San Antonio, Texas. As a result of his generous spirit, pleasant personality and dedicated lodge brothers, he was loved by many. He lived his life for family, friends and community that he loved so much, and his influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew him.
He quietly departed this life Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Kindred Hospice in San Antonio, TX.
He is preceded in death by his daughters, son, and only brother, A.W. Allen who called him his ‘Hero’ growing up. His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Wanda K. Ortiz, Utah; Vera L. Woolery, Wisconsin; Darlene T. Schmidt, Minnesota; Dottie T. Solomon, Texas; Pennie V. Smith, Texas; E.W. Allen, Jr, Texas; and Tracie E. Allen, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brother, A.W. Allen of Dallas, TX; son-in-law: Arcenio Ortiz, Bryan Schmidt, Stanley Smith, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Cindy Allen ; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.