Norma Jean Allen, age 80, of Newport, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning May 30, 2020 after a lengthy period of coping with Alzheimers disease. She was at home, cared for by family and compassionate hospice staff.
Norma was known to family and friends as very shy, a woman of few words, and always selfless, ready to be generous with whatever she had to share. She worked hard throughout her life, retiring several years ago from Walmart, and insisted on continuing to mow her own lawn with a push mower as long as she was able. She was a humble Christian and is now happy and at peace with her Lord, relieved of the hardships and suffering that marked her last few years.
Norma was preceded in death by son, Christopher Allen, by husband, Woodrow Allen, by mother and father, Zina and Sam Frazier, and by brother, Jerry Frazier.
She is survived by son, Ron Allen of Knoxville, and devoted daughter-in-law and primary caregiver, Kathryn, along with treasured grandchildren, Veronica and Joseph Allen, and by sister, Inez Gray. Norma was also blessed with numerous surviving relatives and friends who provided many gestures of love and service, to whom the family wishes to express sincere gratitude.
A brief graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday June 4 in Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, where Norma will be laid to rest. Longtime family friend and family member, the Reverend Fred Cagle, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone wishing to pay respect through memorial donations please send them to Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, C/O Arzella Shelton 1030 Sweetwater Road Newport, TN 37821.
Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ms. Norma Jean Allen.
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