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Obituary: Rev. Arvil Allen, 86, Casey Co., KY native

He was a Marine veteran of World War II, a retired United Methodist minister, whose pastorates included Christies Chapel. He was a United Methodist Church District Superintendent for Henderson, KY. He was a member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Rev. Arvil Allen of Louisville, KY, died Thursday September 16, 2010, at Wesley Nursing Center.

Funeral service is 2pmET/1pmCT, Sunday September 19, 2010 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3085 KY 1547, Liberty, KY 42539, by Rev. Ron Sauer. Burial is in Whited Cemetery with military honors by the Casey County Funeral Squad. Pallbearers are John Justice, David Bonenberger, Jonathan Allen, Donnie Allen, Paul Allen, Dwight Miller and Ricky Buck.

Rev. Arvil Allen, Casey Co., KY, native (1923-2010)

He was born in Casey Co., KY, on Wednesday October 24, 1923, he was the son of the late Patnie Pink and Alice Davis Allen. He died on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at age of 86 years, 10 months, and 23 days.

He was a WWII Marine veteran, retired United Methodist minister, and member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Allen served churches as pastor in the Louisville Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1952 until 1980: Christies Chapel, Five Springs, City Road Chapel, Munfordville First, Mt. Holly and Fern Creek.

In 1980 he became District Superintendent in Henderson.Then, in 1984 he became Conference Council Director, where he supervised programs all across the Louisville Conference.

During his time as Council Director, Louisville won the honor of hosting the 1992 General Conference of the UMC, and he supervised preliminary local plannning for the event. He retired in 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Vatis Fights Allen, and the following:
  • A son, Philip and (Sylvia E.) Allen of Bowling Green, KY

  • A daughter-in-law, Anna Allen of Indiana

  • Five grandchildren: Daphne Allen, Jeniffer Justice, Angela Hill, Jonathan Allen and Allyson Reynolds

  • Nine great-grandchildren

  • A brother, James C. Allen of Indiana

  • Two sisters, Linda Reed and Wanda Miller both of Liberty, KY.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by step-mother, Edith Campbell Allen , son, William A. Allen; 3 brothers, Bernard Allen , Elvern Allen Sr. and Charles Allen; and a infant sister.

McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville ST, Liberty, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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