Francis Howard Allen, 77, of Easton, MD, suddenly departed his earthly life and made his transition to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home.
Francis was born on June 23, 1944 to the late Francis Garfield and Eleanor Woolford Allen in Easton, MD. He received his education from Talbot County Public Schools. Francis was later enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1973 – 1979. After completing his Basic and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) at Fort Polk in Vernon Parish in West-Central Louisiana, Francis served his country as a Specialist at The Maryland Army National Guard in Easton, MD.
On November 23, 1974, Francis was joined in holy matrimony to the love of his life, the late Jeanette “Puggie” Smith-Allen.
After his military service, Francis was employed as a truck driver with Bryan Brothers, LLC in St. Michael’s, MD and as a Custodian at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. He was later employed at Mason’s in Easton, MD as a caterer and driver for the company.
As a young man, and when he wasn’t in Philly with his late grandmother, Ella Allen, rolling down the street in a trash can with his cousin Montrose “Salty” Hayman, Francis loved to play baseball. He was a catcher for the Talbot Giants and the Easton Braves Baseball Teams. According to his little brother Donnie, he also loved cars. Later in life, for entertainment, Francis enjoyed lip syncing with The Lip Sync Review and then later formed a new group called Impressions of Lip Sync. He loved to portray James Brown and Ray Charles!
Francis accepted Christ as a young man and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Easton, MD where he served as a member of the original Asbury Male Choir and he also sang with the Celebration Choir. He loved the Lord and would often say, “I’ve come a long way and I have to thank God I’m not like I used to be.”
Francis was a dedicated member of the Blake-Blackston American Legion Post 77 where he served in various capacities. He was a member of the Color Guard and was Sergeant-at-Arms. In his spare time, Francis loved spending time with his family, watching football, placing a wager or two on the numbers and hanging out with his fellow comrades at the American Legion. Anyone who knew Francis, knows that he was a die-hard Washington Team, formerly Redskins, fan and to NOT call him between 12:30-2 PM because he was watching The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful!
Left to cherish his memory are his loving daughter Lisa Smith-Tolliver (Emmett) of Cambridge, MD; a granddaughter Jazmyne Miles (Dondrell Brittingham) of Cambridge, MD; two great-grandchildren Jayleigh Pinder and Jaxon Brittingham of Cambridge, MD; a step-son Darrick Smith, Sr. (Johnail) of Bellevue, MD; four step-grandchildren Courtney and Brittany Smith of Easton, MD, Darrick Smith, Jr. and Da’Mya Smith of Easton, MD; two step great-grandchildren Saniyah Thomas and Carter Beck of Easton, MD; his mother-in-law Gladys Smith of Easton, MD; three sisters Shirley D. Woolford of Chicago, IL, Ann Jackson (John) of Des Moines, IA and Doris E. Woolford of Easton, MD; one brother Donnie Allen (Yvette) of Miami, FL; a cousin who was more likea brother, George “Billy” Wilson (Connie) of Easton, MD; a sister-in-law Helen Smith of Royal, MD; one Godchild Sonya Osorio (Felix) of Cambridge, MD; a special young man that was more like a son Jermel Bailey of Easton, MD; a “brother from another mother” Michael Forster of Easton, MD; a friend that was like a sister-in-law Anna Mae Harris of Easton, MD; a long-time companion Joan Brummell Bailey of Raleigh, NC; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, military comrades, and friends.
In addition to his wife, parents, step-father Robert Gibson, grandparents, and father-in-law Fred Smith, Francis was preceded in death by his ex-wife Sandra Moaney-Allen; a step-son David Moaney; two brothers Russell “Jaye” Allen and Harry Woolford; two sisters-in-law Barbara Allen and Patricia Ringgold Woolford; a brother-in-law Randy Smith; a special friend that was like a brother Larry N. Harris and an aunt Lucille Sheppard.