Billye Reading Allen

Mrs. Billye Dean Reading Allen, 79, of Lynnville died Sept. 3, 2019, at NHC Maury Regional Transitional Care in Columbia.


Mrs. Allen was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Vicksburg, Miss. She married husband of 55 years Aubrey Earl (Cowboy) Allen June 2, 1958. She was a homemaker who was very devoted to her family and church. Earlier in life she was a waitress and had previously worked in food services for Magnolia Academy. She was a member of Richland Baptist Church, where she was a former WMU director, sang in the choir and taught ladies’ and children’s Bible classes. She is preceded in death by parents, H. C. Reading and Frances Jearlean O’Connor Reading; husband Aubrey Earl (Cowboy) Allen; son Billy (Skeeter) Allen; and sisters, Bobbye Thomas and Sandra Nell McLendon.


Visitation will be tomorrow (Friday) from 4-7 p.m. at Richland Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Rick Bilyeu and Danny Jones officiating. Burial will follow in her family cemetery on Ella West Circle.


Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Survivors include daughter Tonya Brown and husband Darryl of Fayetteville; son John Nugent Allen and wife Jordan of Petersburg; sister Peggy Meaker and husband Robert of Thorndale, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.