Mr. Russell Lee Allen, son of the late Jane Allen Draughn and the late W. T. Moore was born on September 15, 1938 in Edgecombe County, NC. While surrounded by family and loved ones, he peacefully departed this life on August 21, 2018 at the age of 79.
After attending Patillo High School in Tarboro, NC at the age of 17, Russell enlisted in the US Airforce. Once discharged from the military, he moved to New Jersey for better opportunities. In the late 60’s he settled in Norfolk, VA. He was a dedicated truck driver for Estes Express Lines for over 30 years.
In 1968, Russell became one the founding members of Abyssinia Baptist Church. He served on the trustee board, deacon board, senior choir and male chorus. He also was the church bus driver for many years.
In 1972, Russell joined in matrimony with Carrie M. Allen and they were married until she died in 1995. In 2000, he remarried to Shirley M. Allen who preceded him in death in March 2015. Also during this time, he was a member of Progressive Lodge #7 as Past Master Russell Allen. He was also past patron for Queen Esther Chapter #1 Eastern Star.
There was no other huge Washington Redskin fan than himself. When he had the chance, he loved to visit his friends and always willing to help others. Russell was a man of many talents. It gave him great pleasure fixing appliances and other handwork.
Russell was preceded in death by his children, Karen Alston, Robert Alston, and Terrence Summers; granddaughter, Janelle Solomon and two siblings, Quincy W. Bridges and Johnnie Draughn.
Russell leaves to cherish his beloved memory four children, Russell Alston (Charlene) and Marshall Alston of New Jersey, Cornelius Allen and Carol Allen of Virginia; 6 grandchildren; two brothers, Marshall (Frances) Allen of Virginia, Elvis Draughn (NC); two sisters, Mary (James) Pettaway and Debra (Norman) Parker of NC; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including his life-long friend, Maurice Cannon.
Those who knew him will always remember his unique laugh, dedication to his church family and friends, and kindness to those he knew.