Johnnie Wayne Allen was born January 19, 1947 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Jack and Opal (Caudle) Allen. He passed from this life on May 25, 2020 at the age of 73. Johnnie was raised in the Crawford area, where he attended both elementary and high school. After graduation Johnnie went to Sayre where he attended college for one semester before moving to Woodward. He met his future wife, Glenda Gately, at Sonic shortly after moving to town. Johnnie and Glenda were married on November 10, 1967 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They lovingly welcomed three children into their family, Shannon, Justin, and Shawn.
Johnnie and Glenda lived in several places through the years, including Woodward, Cheyenne, Durham, Harmon, and Crawford. Johnnie performed several jobs during his life; he worked at a pig farm, in the oilfield, worked at both the Reydon and Woodward schools, was an Atwoods employee, ran a dairy, and ranched, but he will be most remembered for the many miles of fence he built as a contract fence builder.
After Glenda’s passing in 2009, he decided to retire, and sold their ranch at Crawford and moved back to Woodward. He later met and married Alberta Jones in June 2013.
Johnnie retired at the age of 65 to spend his time working for the Lord. He was baptized 25 years ago at Elm Street Baptist Church in Woodward. He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Durham for many years. Just prior to his passing he regularly attended the First Assembly of God Church in Woodward.
Johnnie enjoyed track and basketball, as an athlete and a fan. After retirement he enjoyed travelling, and took several cruises to Mexico, Alaska, and Europe. He spent many hours visiting people and made it a point to visit those in the nursing home and hospital. He loved driving red vehicles and wanted a bright red casket, but it wasn’t an option. He was always in good spirits and had a good sense of humor. He loved his grandkids and great grandkids. He always had a sucker for them when they were little, or a few dollars to share when they got older.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his loving wife, Glenda, infant son, Justin, parents Jack and Opal Allen, in-laws Martin and Lois Gately, brother Jackie Allen, and wife Alberta.
He is survived by daughter, Shannon and her husband, Eugene Davis; son, Shawn and his wife, Teri Allen; grandkids, Brittney and husband Ross Gaisford, Morgan and husband Paul Gonzales, Dylan Allen, and Bradley Davis and girlfriend Morgan Carroll. Three great grandkids, Alexis Gaisford, Kade Gaisford, and Fallon Gonzales. Brothers Jodie Allen and wife Barbara, Jerry Allen and wife Nancy, Jimmie Allen and wife Becky, sister Glenda Kirk, and sister in law, Pat Allen; brother-in-law Eldon Thomas and wife Kathy; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Johnnie’s final words to everyone: “Stay with the Lord, because that’s all you have.”
Memorials may be made to the Durham First Baptist Church in care of Shaw Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Vici, OK 73859. Services were held Thursday May 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, Durham, OK with burial following at Silent Home Cemetery, Roll, OK.
Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Arnett.