Ernest Lee Allen
FEBRUARY 26, 1943 ~ FEBRUARY 19, 2018 (AGE 74)
Ernest Lee Allen was born February 26, 1943 to late Robert Lee Anderson and Lula Ree Cross of Whiteville. TN. Four of his brothers (Larry, Cleous, Curtis, an Thomas Earl) and one sister (Pauline) proceeded him in death.
His funeral service was held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at Antioch MB Church at 12:00 noon with Rev. Earnest Polk in charge. Burial was in the church cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home www.dixiefuneralhome.com was in charge of the professional service.
Ernest Lee accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age. He was baptized and became a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Whiteville, TN under the leadership of Rev. C. H. Murphy.
Ernest Lee received his elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Whiteville, TN. As a proud graduate of Allen White High School, he always looked forward to the various alumni/reunion activities that are sponsored regularly.
It was at his high school alma mater that Ernest Lee met and fell in love with Iola Bernice McGuire (Miss Bea). They married and soon after, relocated to Memphis, TN, from this union two sons, Kelvin and Eric were born. After setting in Memphis, the Lord let Ernest Lee and his young family to unite with Evangelist M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. Wardell McNeal, also from the Whiteville area. The latter years of his life were spent in fellowship with the church under leadership of rev. tommy L. Broadnax.
The Lord blessed Ernest Lee and Iola “Miss Bea” to celebrate 54 years of marriage last month, January 14, 2018.
Ernest Lee was employed in the grocery chain of Fred Montesi and Kroger for a combined total of 39 years.
He really enjoyed spending quality time with his grand-children and traveling back and forth to Hardeman County to visit and trend to the needs of elder relatives.
Ernest Lee leaves an abundance of cherished memories to his God-fearing, devoted wife, Iola “Miss Bea”; his two sons, Kelvin and Eric (Chris), both of Memphis, TN; two grandchildren, Jedaren and Jalen, both of Memphis, TN; nine brothers, Eric (Wilene) Cross , of Jackson, TN, Aaron Sharp, George (Kaye) Sharp, Kalvin (Imogene) Sharp, Timothy Cross, Otis (Sharon) Anderson, J.C. (Renee) Anderson, Percy Lee (Carol) Coleman, all of Whiteville, TN, and Sylvester (Mae) Coleman, of Atlanta, GA; eight sisters, Margaret McKinnie, of Jackson, TN, Earnestine Sharp, Carolyn golden, Brenda Sharp, Lurine Anderson, Margaret Anderson-McKinnie, all of Whiteville, TN, Linda Faye Anderson-Gibson of Memphis, TN, and Daisy (Larry) Buggs, of Nashville, TN; his four sisters-in-law, Rosie Hill, Alberta McGuire, both of Queens, NY, and Myrtle (Horace) Jarrett of Bolivar, TN; and his two brothers-in-law, Robert (Mary) McGuire, of Memphis, TN and Odell (Daisy) Neely, of Queens, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving relatives and friends.