Carl Bently Allen

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Roller Funeral Home Chapel
1700 E. Walnut St.
Paris, AR  72855
Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
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Funeral Service
First Baptist Church
311 E. Main Street
Paris, AR  72855
Friday, February 26, 2021
2:00 p.m.
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Oakwood Cemetery
Hwy 22 East
Paris, AR  72855
Carl Bently Allen

of Paris, AR

November 30, 1934 - February 22, 2021

Carl Bently Allen was born in his home in Guy, Arkansas on November 30, 1934. He was the fifth of six children born to the late Herbert and Mary (Banister) Allen. Bently left this earth in his home in Paris, Arkansas on February 22, 2021. He leaves a strong legacy of being a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, director, church deacon, guideon, mentor, and friend.

Bently graduated high school and attended Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA today) where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education (Math in the Spring of 1957, The school randomly assigned him a student teaching position in Paris, AR, a place he had never heard of. However, upon arrival, he never left. He was hired for the following school year in 1958 teaching 7th grade Math and Science. While living in a rooming house near the school, his "house mom" introduced him to his future wife, Carolyn, as her parents lived next door. They were married in August of 1959. Bently taught in the Paris public school system for 40 years -eventually teaching most of the upper division math classes such as Algebra I, II, III, and Trigonometry. His love of his students was evident and he was always willing to stay before and after school to help those who asked for it.

Not only a teacher, but also Bently became passionate about coaching. He started coaching all 7th grade sports and LOVED competition! An avid Razorback and Paris Eagle fan, he continuously cheered for and supported his favorite teams. His love for sports led him to become the director of the city's summer sports program in 1959 and through a long series of events he led the charge for the organization to obtain their charter from the Boys Club of America in 1964. There is an article by Jim Best describing this transformation on residentpress.com. He stayed on as director of the Paris Boys Club for 12 more years and then resigned to spend his next 12 summers as the director of the Youth Conservation Corps on Mount Magazine.

After retiring from teaching, Bently still continued to serve his community. He volunteered at the Community Outreach Services building; served faithfully in his church, tutored at the Boys and Girls Club, and participated in the Mount Magazine Action Group. He and Carolyn were awarded countless teaching and community service awards including the 2016 Paris Chamber of Commerce Humanitarians of the Year.

Bently was beloved by most everyone he came in contact with but most especially his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Carolyn (Leek) Allen; daughter Holly Spencer and her husband Bret of Fort Smith, AR; and daughter Leslie Watts and her husband Phil of Greenwood, AR. The light of his life were his two grandsons, Jake and Clay Watts of Rogers, AR and his two granddaughters, Jordan Spencer of Little Rock, Ar and Ashton Spencer of Searcy, AR. He is also survived by his dear sister, Myra Griffith, of Conway, AR and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings Avanelle Squires, Marcelle Fielder, Rayburn Allen, and Nelson Allen.

Funeral services will be held under the direction of Roller Funeral Home at the First Baptist Church in Paris, AR on Friday, February 26th at 2:00pm with a private family burial at Oakwood Cemetery immediately following, COVID restrictions will apply and masks are required. Pallbearers are Michael Allen, Scott Allen, Heath Allen, Cody Allen, Rick Trusty, and Eric Wells. Honorary pallbearers are Coach Jordan Devine and the Lady Eagle Volleyball Team (past and present).

Viewing will be available at the funeral home on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:00 - 8:00pm. There will not be a formal family visitation; however, the family will be available for an hour prior to the service for you to express your condolences. Please send the family any memories that you have of Bently via notes at the funeral home, posts on the Carl B. Allen facebook page, or message privately to 4.spencerh@cox.net.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorial contributions be mailed to the First Baptist Church of Paris, Arkansas where he was a member for over 60 years or to the First National Bank of Paris where there is an account for the Boys and Girls Club of the Diamond Hills-Paris Unit.

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115 Condolence(s)
Linda Green
Hackett, AR
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

The class of 66 is so sorry for the loss of such a great teacher and friend...Mr Allen always came to the class reunions
He was also a great servant of the Lord.....rest in peace until we meet again...you will be missed by many
The class of 66

Jodi Morris
Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

I was one of Coach’s YCC kids in 1979, just months after my own father had passed suddenly. Coach Allen filled a big hole in my life at that time and was a major influence. I went on to a career in conservation working for Arkansas State Parks, AGFC and the National Park Service. My condolences to the family and all those whose life’s were touched by Coach Allen.

David A Willhite
Fort Smith, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

I am extremely sorry for your loss. Mr Allen was a blessing for the Boys Club.
Also he was tremendous blessing for the City of Paris. There is not one word alone to describe Mr Allen. I had him as a Coach, Teacher, even work for him at the Boys Club. I look back on how he influence people. That is because he was involved in teaching the young people about life. Even if you didn't know it . He was always Teaching.
May God be with your family at this time.
Thanks for sharing Mr Allen.
David Willhite

Lisa VanDusen Gray & Billy Horne
Paris, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Mrs. Allen, Holly, Leslie, and family--We're so sorry for your loss. Mr. Allen was (and is) an inspiration to so many people in all aspects of his life. He made a difference because he could.
When I moved back to Paris a decade ago, I ran into Mr. & Mrs. Allen having lunch at The Grapevine. I told them who I was, and then I thanked him for managing to teach me algebra against all odds. I also told him that he had struck fear in my heart back then just by calling my name when my turn came to solve an algebra problem at the blackboard. His puzzled expression dissolved into laughter as he told me that I wasn't the only one! Mr. Allen touched the lives of everyone who met him. He came to this little town that he had never heard of and made it a better place. God had a plan for Bently Allen. Today Heaven rejoices..."Welcome home my good & faithful servant." Our thoughts & prayers go with you & your family during this time of sorrow. May God's grace grant you peace.

Janet Ehren Gathright
, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Mr. Allen was part of me and our Ehren family life throughout our years in Paris.... FBC church, school, boys club, sports assistant (I remember him running down the field with the chain guys... and may be he refereed some games??... and I got to work with him for two summers on Mt. Magazine in high school. What a kind and generous follower of Jesus he has been through his life, along with your mom, and my piano teacher Carolyn. Love and prayers, Janet (Grant & Kirk and I have had some chat about our loss with Mr. Allen's passing)

Sherry Stengel Nehus
Little Rock, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family, Carolyn, Holly and Leslie. Thank you for sharing such a great man, teacher, volunteer and leader to so many of us.. We are all better for having a piece of his time with us. God bless and keep you well.

The Forbis Family
Paris, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Mr. Allen was such a role model for us all, he will be missed so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Love to all. Fran, Steve, Paula and family.

Carrie Porter
Bentonville, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

I've never known a man more humble, kind or genuine than Mr. Allen. He had a servant's heart along with a gift for making other people feel valued and special.

I'm so thankful that I had the privilege of spending part of my youth in Paris and that I had the good-fortune to have both Mr. and Mrs. Allen as my Teachers. What a gift they have been to our community and all of us who knew them are better for it.

While my heart is heavy for the family and friends Mr. Allen leaves behind, I rejoice knowing where he is today. I am filled with gratitude for such an amazing, well-lived life and I am challenged by his example to do the same.

May God continue to comfort all who mourn, as only He can.

Thank you, Mr. Allen, for the kindness you always showed to me. I am forever grateful.

-Carrie (Roberts) Porter

Pam Ullrich Cooper
Russellville, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Mrs. Allen and family...I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Allen passing. He was my absolute favorite math teacher, ever! I learned so much from his teaching methods (I try to teach my kids the same). He will be truly missed and his impact in the Paris community will be a legacy!

I pray for God to grant you peace and comfort during this time.

Clark and Wendy Reames
Paris, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

What can you say about Mr. Allen that hasn't already been said? He was a part of everyone's life around this town. Anyone that went through the Paris school system and/or was involved in sports and youth and conservation over multiple generations knew him on a first name basis. He was one of those examples that you might attempt to model your life after knowing that you would ultimately fail. No one could live up to the contributions he made and the dedication he had to this community. Men like Mr. Allen are getting harder and harder to find these days and his loss will leave a big hole in this community. Prayers and condolences to his family and especially Carolyn who has made great contributions to this community in her own right..

Bobby Timmons
Paris, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Prayers to his family. A good friend from the time we met. He was one of my Mother's favorite people.

Bobby Timmons
Paris, AR
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Prayers for the family. Was a good friend from the time we met.

John Drewry
Ratcliff, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

What a man, words can’t describe what Mr Allen has meant to his community. He loved his kids at the Boys and Girls Club, but not like he loved his family. You could see it in his eyes when he spoke of them. Celebrate his life and Thank GOD, as I have, that you were able to know a man called Bentley(Mr Allen). Mrs Allen bless you and your family. John, Sylvia, Dominique.

William Bench
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mr. Allen touched the lives of so many people. The word can’t didn’t exist in his vocabulary. He took a group of boys from Paris to the big city of Little Rock and won the State Track Meet. I have many fond memories of him. A tireless worker and devoted to God and his family. When Mr. Allen passed. So did a part of Paris.

Ferdos Faroodi-Copsy
Belen, NM
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Carolyn!
We express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved husband Bentley. We will pray for the progress of his soul in the spiritual world.
Fay and Troy Copsy

Daniel Bowen
Delaware, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

RIP Coach. Best coach, Teacher, mentor, and friend. Taught me alot of life lessons. You will be missed.

Neal and Tammy Wade
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mrs Allen, Leslie, Holly and Families,
So many memories and thoughts, I will miss My Friend. I think about all of the difficult times in My Life, Mr Allen was always there for me and my family. Please please know that I am praying for you all. I thank God for my lifelong friend.
God bless you guys
Neal and Tammy wade

Ruthie burkett
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I guess my favorite thing was Bentley's infectious laugh. It came from a happy heart who was a true servant of God.
Our love to the Allen family.

Gary and Carolyn Rhinehart
Scranton, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Our prayers are with the family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Roger and Becky Taylor
Melissa, TX
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I have lost a good friend that was my supervisor when I did my student teaching in Paris in 1967. He has been a great friend and mentor to me. In his obituary it stated that ASTC (UCA) selected Paris H. S. for his student teaching. I let SCA (UCA) select where I would do my student teaching. I prayed for a good High school and a good teacher to work with. Paris H. S. was a very good school and Bentley was a great teacher to work with. The ten years I taught with Bentley were some of the best years in my 37 years of teaching math.
My wife, Becky, and I have enjoyed having lunch with Bentley and Carolyn in Paris on some of our trips to NW Arkansas.

James T. Morris
Rogers, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Carolyn and family, I want to express my sorrow for your loss. I know Bentley will be missed greatly by the family, past coworkers, students, and the community of Paris.
In the Fall of 1963, I came to Paris as a new and beginning VoAg teacher. Paris had many great teachers that helped guide my first years as a teacher and Mr. Allen was always a strong quite guiding force. I remember that he was one of the most loved teachers by both students and staff. Bentley and Carolyn, you must have been invited and attended more class reunions than any other teachers. He cared about all students and worked to help them and staff succeed. The youth of Paris benefited greatly by his efforts.
As a fellow teacher it was always fun to be in the room with Mr. Allen. He was quick with an interesting or funny story to share on himself or about one of his experiences. Teachers over the years enjoyed his stories and his words of encouragement. Thank you for being involved in my life and career.

Sally Cravens
Little Rock, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Dear Carolyn, my heart goes out to you, Holly, Leslie and their families. From the tributes to Bently from those of us fortunate to know him, it is clear he was an extraordinary human being who lead an exemplary life guided by his faith with grace, generosity and humility. In "teacher speak" he earned an A+ in all areas of his life. Among his many endearing qualities were his sense of humor and quickness to laugh. A joy to know and a ton of fun!

Carolyn, love and blessings to you and your family. Sally C

Brenda K Brown
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

A great loss to our community and a sad time for all who knew him. Condolences to the family and many friends.

Jim Connelley
Klein, TX
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Bently gave me a lifelong love of math. Rest in Peace.

Lou Nell McCraw Davis
Lamar, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thank you Mr. Herb and Mrs Mary Allen for having Carl Bently Allen back in 1934. Any effort that you might have spent on raising him has not been in vain. What a fine and valuable man he turned out to be. And thank you Rooming House Mom for introducing him to Carolyn Leek. Bently and Carolyn have been a power couple, loving and working as a team but also giving each other permission to serve as individuals. A rare and beautiful union. Any time Carolyn and I were planning some project together my husband, Don, would ask “Is Bently going to be there?” Because if he was Don did not want to miss the opportunity to laugh and visit with him. Through tears I read the tributes to him. They all rang so true and sincere, not an artificial sounding word. “A better man I never met”, “seeing all the things you and he did in the community”, “a special skill in steering the Board through difficult issues with compassion and a solid goodness” “we have lost one of the best” “the mold was broken when God made Bently Allen.” “The rock of Paris Schools” “So blessed to call him my teacher, mentor, friend”, “I remember how he would walk or stand with his hands in his pockets.” “Mr Allen was hard core, expected 110% effort and gave 200% to every student”, “What is wrong with you, boy? ….We are trying to teach you to think!” You did teach them to think, Mr Allen, but you also gave them your knowledge and skills. Your students and your friends are grieving because the loss is great to us and we love you. And to your family, Carolyn, Holly and Leslie, Bret and Phil we are deeply sorry for your broken hearts but you can know that Bently’s works will go in ripples across the world. And to Jake, Clay, Jordan and Ashton, he could not have loved you more. Save all those tributes that follow your grandfather’s obituary. Read them to your grandchildren. They will need to know the legacy of their great great grandfather and use it for their inspiration to carry on. God bless you all. Heaven is looking better all the time.

Glen and Teresa Inman
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Carolyn, Holly, Leslie, and families, we feel so blessed to share Mr. Allen with you all. He has impacted and influenced my life for as long as I can remember. I will miss him terribly. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

Doris (Schluterman) Lensing
Scranton, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I remember classes with laughter. He was a very good teacher. He was also a good person that volunteered at the local nursing home so the residents could enjoy Bingo.

Peggy (Tatum) Baer
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Carolyn and Bentley have been lifelong friends of mine, even after I left Paris and moved to Little Rock. They have been my link to Paris and all my old friends and acquaintances. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn and family and the citizens of Paris.

Don and Sally Hallum
ALLEN, TX
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I knew that Bently had to be a remarkable person when Carolyn told me she was going to marry him. He has truly proven to be very remarkable. Yes, he will be greatly missed. We are praying for Carolyn and all of the family.

Stan & Sandy Hatcher
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Carolyn, Holly, Leslie and family - I don’t have to tell you what an awesome man Mr Allen was as you knew this by his faithfulness to you all but I will tell you that he was loved so much by so many and we extend that love for him to your entire family!!! We are praying for you all and we know his life on earth may be over but his eternal life has just begun! We love you all!

Laura Wilkerson (Caro)
Paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mrs.Allen a lifetime together is never enough but to have spent time with the love of your life is a treasure. You both have touched more people lives with just small words, smiles, and showing care than can ever be told. You both are cherished. My prayers are with you and the family for comfort and peace

John Sangster
Cedar Park, TX
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I spent the best years of my life in Paris as a child, and Mr Allen's Boys Club was a huge part of it. He was the Boys Club director, coach, umpire, bus driver, equipment manager, janitor, and second dad to a lot of boys and young men.

barbara powers
paris, AR
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Prayers with you all. It was a pleasure knowing him.

Leon & Sandra Wiggins
Fort Smith, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bentley was loved by all & will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Carolyn & the family.

Karen (Garner) Scarlet
Fort Smith, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

So sorry to hear of this tremendous loss to your family and the community. I only wish I knew you sooner. Rest in peace Mr. Allen

Marge (Rockenhaus) Snider
Dover, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What a treasure to have known Mr. Allen and to have had him for my Algebra I & II teacher! His enthusiasm, compassion and perseverance with his students was and has been such an inspiration to me and to so many teachers. He was the best teacher I've ever had. My condolences to his family.

Marlin Davis
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Carolyn, Holly, Leslie and the grandchildren: Words fail me when it comes to trying to express my feelings about Bently. I will say without reservation he was the best friend I ever had. We were best friends for over 60 years. We lauhged together we cried together. We worshiped together, we taught together as well as living together, attending hundreds of Razorback games; we fished together and even were partners in a fishing boat. In addition to all of that we both married Carolyns. That's proof that it was difficult to outdo Bently.
We were the type of friends that as adults, we told each other unashamed thst we loved each other. I am so honored that my entire family loved the Allen family. He was my Blood Brother.

Marla Davis Mullins
Baton Rouge, LA
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mrs. Allen, Holly and Leslie,

I am heartbroken for you all but I know you rejoice that he is now completely healed. There is no one word to sum up the man that was Mr. Allen. He was everything to everyone who knew him, and the best friend to my dad since they met in 1957! I am thankful the Allens and my parents became friends all those years ago. We have so many
fun memories! As I spoke with Mr. Allen by phone a couple of months ago, we talked about missing the days when we could all hug each other. We agreed that those past hugs remind us we are all loved. Being a math teacher may require the knowledge of numbers but being an excellent teacher (who happens to teach math) requires knowledge of the heart. Mr. Allen will always be so much to so many. We love you, Mrs Allen, Holly and Leslie!

Keith & Theresa Morrison
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bentley will be greatly missed for all he has done. Sorry for your loss Carolyn, Holly,Leslie & family.

Judy Hall
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

My prayers and sympathy and to the family and the whole community as we mourn this tremendous loss. It seems like everywhere you went or wherever there was something good going on he and Carolyn were there. He always greeted people and knew their names. May he rest in God's peace.

R L. Gray
Fayetteville, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Carolyn and the daughters.
A better man I never met.
My prayers are with you

Charles & Anne Hart Allen
Little Rock,, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dear Carolyn and Family, Charles and I are so saddened to learn of our loss of Bently. He has meant SO MUCH to SO MANY!! He came to Paris just before I graduated. I regret that he was never my teacher; mastering mathematics would very probably have been SO much easier for me!! My love of history started with Guy Fenter. As I type this note, I am reminded of my typing teacher, Marlin Davis. When people remark, "They just don't make them like They used to", we are reminded of these guys and the many, many other wonderful teachers and educators with which dear 'ole Paris High and ALL OF US WERE AND ARE BLESSED!!! We keep you and Family in our thoughts and prayers. With our love for all, Charles and Anne

Dennis & Paula Kubecka
West Columbia, TX
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Rest in Peace Mr. Allen. Our prayers for your family.

Carroll Rowlett
North Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Prayers to the Family. Bently and I started to school at Guy-Perkins and were classmates all thru school. So sorry to here the news.

Larry and Gloria Lievsay
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mrs. Allen, sending love to you and your girls and their families. Mr. Allen was so dear to so many and my prayer is that all the wonderful memories and all the love from the community will carry you through this difficult time. I will never forget how good you both were to my mother! God Bless You!!

Beverly Johnson Bauer
Scranton, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Carolyn and family, I had Bentley as a teacher not too many years after he started teaching which I will always remember but the biggest blessing for me was getting to know him as an adult serving on the board at COS with him and just seeing all the things you and he did in the community. Love and prayers to you all.

Jonathan & Rebecca Burkett
Fruita, CO
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mr Allen was truly a great man and true inspiration to me. His leadership in advocating a true education not only in high school but beyond will be with me forever. Not only have I benefited from his teaching but it has been passed down to my children who will all have college degrees in about 3 months.

The most important thing Mr Allen ever said to me was “What is wrong with you boy? Do you think I am trying to teach you algebra? Do you think Mr Trusty is trying to teach you history? Do you think Mrs Williams is trying to teach you English? No boy, we are trying to teach you how to think”.

Thank you Mr Allen for everything. You will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

Jewell White
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Carolyn, Holly, Leslie and grandchildren, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Bently. Paris was certainly the winner when he was assigned to this school. He found so many ways to weave a way to be of help in the community in addition to teaching. What a blessing he was to so many children.
One in a million! My prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.

James VanLandingham
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mrs. Allen and girls,
so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Allen. He was one of a kind, loved everyone he met and always as bout your family. He was a true servent of our Lord and Savior. The Good Lord needed another rose for His Bouquet, thats why He choose Mr. Allen. May you find comfort in the arms of our Lord.
James and Cheryl VanLandingham
Linda Trusty

Petz Family
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I remember back in the sixties when Mr. Allen first founded the Boys Club of Paris, starting it in the old fair building at Veterans Park. You could always count on Mr. Allen for help or support, every day after school and even on Saturdays. Every baseball game, track meet, and skirmish, Mr. Allen was always there to drive the team. Not to mention the countless hours he spend maintaining the field and fixing the club house. He was a modest man with a heart of gold and he will be missed dearly by the city of Paris. God bless Mr. Allen and his family.

Our condolences; Brad, Jared and Harrison

Beckie Colvett McElhaney
Conway, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

My condolences to Mrs. Allen and family. I was a strange kid and refused to sing so never sat in Mrs. Allen's music classes. I do remember Mr. Allen singing in the First Baptist Church choir every Sunday. I was probably the worst Alegebra student he ever tried to teach but at least he kept trying. I know he was there for my Colvett family and Aunt Opal many times and will be missed.

Monty Davis
booneville, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mrs Allen, Holly and Leslie let me begin by saying how sorry I am for your loss. Our families have been close for many years. Mr Allen was the best teacher I ever had and how tremendous he was at his job was exceeded by his greatness as a man, father and most of all as a friend. He has meant everything to my dad and was there for him whenever needed, in good/bad times and through the loss of our mom. He was an excellent leader and devoted christian. He was one of the few people in the world that was liked and loved by everyone. The influence he had on the community and especially kids will most likely never be matched. He was the most selfless person I have ever known and touched everyone he came in contact with. We love you and we loved your dad. Tasha and I are thinking of you and praying for you during this most difficult time.

Darlette (Lowe) Edwards
Calumet, OK
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I was sadden to hear the news of Mr. Allen's passing. He was an inspiration to me to become a math instructor. He was my instructor in all my math classes, except geometry. I remember I was sitting in his class when it was announced that President Kennedy was killed. When I was in his class, you could tell he loved what he was doing. He had an infectious smile. He cared about others. When I would return to Paris to visit my family, and if I ran into him, Mr. Allen always ask about my family and if I was still teaching. May the peace of Christ be with you at this time and in the following weeks.
Darlette (Lowe) Edwards

Paula McCaulley
Subiaco,
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family. He gave so much to all. Wonderful memories from my youth, my children and my granddaughters that we shared with Mr. Allen. God bless .

glenda Bowles
Ft. Smith, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mr. Allen was a very special man. Always spoke to people with a smile on his face. He will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathy to his family.

Gary and Judi (Johns) Green
Rogers, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

We knew this time was coming, and yet we feel a great loss for Mr. Allen’s lifetime of service to so many of us. His life makes us think of Micah 6:8 .... “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Mr. and Mrs. Allen both taught and inspired so many of us at Paris. We extend our love and condolences, and want you to know that he will be missed and his kindnesses will be remembered.

Curtis Varnell
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Paris and the region will miss Mr Allen. My teacher, my friend, my mentor. May God provide the comfort and hope in this time to the family- actually to all of us because we lost a part of our community that cannot be replaced.

Tom & Alice Anhalt
New Blaine, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Sorry for your lose. Prayers for the family. I will miss visiting with Mr Allen at Wells Furniture. He was a wonderful man & friend. God Bless!

Fr. Mark Stengel, O.S.B.
Subiaco, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What a gift Bently was to all who had the privilege of knowing him and working with him.
Subiaco Academy was blessed with his teaching skills for some years, in addition to his many years at Paris. At C.O.S., he had a special skill in steering the Board through some difficult issues with compassion and a solid goodness. Thanks for sharing him with us, Carolyn.

Tina Mosley
Midway, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Condolences to the family on this great loss! Bentley was such a caring, compassionate man and he will be missed. He always made me think of my dad in so many ways.

Shannon Rankin
Waco, TX
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I was Shannon walker in school and I just loved me Allen I hated algebra but learning it helped me in nursing school when I started in 1981 and used it for my whole career. He was a fantastic teacher and I’m so sorry for his loss to his family. God bless

Chris & Karen Rogers
Paris, AR
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Carolyn and Family ,
So sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family the strength and peace to get through this time of loss. Mr. Allen will surely be missed here on earth but what a celebration as he entered into heaven into the arms of Jesus Christ.

Chester and Donna
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful legacy you leave to all of us who crossed your path. You will always be a treasured inspiration to our heart. “What a day it will be” when we all get together. May the beautiful memories be a blessing to all. Our love to you and yours.

Teresa Henson Schluterman
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn, Holly and Leslie, I am so sorry to hear of Bentleys passing. He was such a caring and compassionate person in our town of Paris. Our community will never be the same without him. He was one in a million. All of the hours that he volunteered his time at the Boys and Girls Club. Tutoring the children that needed his help to learn math problems. The many hours that he and Carolyn spent at the community outreach. We were so lucky to have such a wonderful couple in our hometown. I was privileged to have had your family as neighbors growing up. He will be greatly missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Teresa Henson Schluterman

Cheryl Peters
Greenbrier, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Ken was a great teacher and gentle kind person. Prayers for all the family and friends.

Ronnie and Cathleen Morrow
Ratcliff, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

You will be missed very much Mr. Bentley RIP sir. Prayers for your family.

Carl and Molly Campbell
Springdale, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn and girls we are so sorry to hear of Bentley’s passing. I know he is in heaven with Jim, Elwyon and Dale. Bentley was a great teacher to Marsha and had patience with her. He would be proud of the person she has made in her career. Prayers for your family.

Kathryn Wilkerson (Perdue)
Tallahassee, FL
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

You will forever be remembered as the most patient and compassionate teacher ever to teach algebra (or any subject for that matter). Your kindness and wisdom will live on forever in the hearts of the people who knew and loved you.

David Wright
Van Buren, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

One of the best teachers I ever had at PHS. He was a very fine man who I had great respect for. He was the best example of what a Christian should be.

Ron Schwartz
Russellville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was the finest man I’ve ever known. We have lost one of the best. Rest In Peace Mr. Allen knowing that you lived life well.

Sam &Lisa Hill
paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Heaven gained a very Godly man. You will be missed

Gary and Tracy Schluterman
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was a inspiration to many people! He will be missed by many. Prayers for his family through this difficult time!

Pamela Stehle
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Prayers for the family. So sorry to hear of Mr. Allen’s passing. He was not only a fabulous teacher. He was a teacher who positively influenced his students.

Heather Nehus Beauford
Winslow, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was such a kind man and a great role model for others. I always admired his wisdom and selfless acts towards others.
He and my Dad, Rick Nehus, spent a lot of time together at the Boys & Girls Club. My dad always thought highly of him too.

Paris lost a wonderful community leader and heaven regained one of their angels.

Bruce and Paula Cooper
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mrs. Allen, Holly, Leslie and families, we want to extend our condolences, hugs and love to you all.
We will never forget your dad. He was definitely “one of a kind”. He always had a warm smile to share and words of wisdom and encouragement to share. Your parents have always greeted us and made us feel so special when visiting at ballgames when we would see them. We are both blessed to have had you all in our lives. We will continue to keep you in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.
Bruce and Paula Cooper

Dottie & Raymond Neumeier
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Our prayers and condolences to Carolyn, Holly, Leslie & Family. Such a great loss to this community ! He was loved by everyone he knew. A great teacher, volunteer, and community leader. Always had a hug for you when you saw him. May God bless him and bless his family. Thanks Bentley for being such a great inspiration! You will be missed.

Jerry Gattis
Roswell, GA
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I extend my thoughts and prayers.

Mr. Allen was a good man, great teacher, and so much more. He was a very special man in my life, and I hold him in the highest regard.

Bentley was a unique and compassionate man who loved children...me included. He touched my life and influenced me in so many ways. He lived an abundant life never hiding his love, and graciously giving of himself.

Carolyn, your husband is man I truly revered, and I will never forget the favorable influence he had on my life. I share your loss. May God grant us peace in this time of great loss.

Jerry Gattis

June Gilbreath
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The mold was broken when God made Bentley Allen. This world would be so much better if we had more Bentleys. He will be so missed in this community. Heartfelt sympathy for his family.

Peggy & Laney Johnston
Booneville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn and the family. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

Wes Davis
Clarksville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Wonderful man, mentor, and teacher a rock of Paris Schools.

Roger Martin West
Clarksville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Prayers for your family. A great man that will truly be missed.

Jim Kiefer
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I am so Blessed to call him friend. My teacher, mentor, and friend. He will be greatly missed and I will cherish his memory always. Rest in Peace Mr. Allen.

Lacretica Harris
Sherwood, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Bentley's passing. My thought and prayers are with Carolyn and family.

Melba and Wayne Gray
Subiaco, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

We are so sorry for the family’s loss. Praying for comfort for you all. Mr. Allen (that’s what I called him)!will be dearly missed. He was a wonderful teacher and person. He was one of a kind. He always cared so much for everyone and did whatever he could to help others. He came to every class reunion that he could and he remembered everyone.

Grayce Leslie DeWitt
Fort Smith, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mr Allen’s family. It is our teachers who we remember and who shape our lives. Mr Allen was my Algebra teacher and Senior sponsor. I was never a decent math student and his kind heart accepted art work from me for extra credit. I seem to remember his sweaters and he would walk or stand with his hands in his pockets and what a genuine smile. A most remarkable man.

George and Dianna Willhite
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Prayers to the family
So sorry for your loss
He was such a good man to everyone
I had him in boys club as a coach
Have wonderful memories of him
He will be solely missed
RIP Mr Allen

Patricia Poynor Rodgers
Hot Springs Village, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dear Allen Family:
I met Bently in 1977 when he was the director of the Youth Conservation Corps on Mt. Magazine, and I was a scared 15 year old who had never been away from home. The things I learned from him in the two months we lived and worked on the mountain have impacted me to this day. I will always remember him being kind, patient, and quick to laugh. I was blessed to know him and will never forget him. I will certainly be praying for you all.

Rhonda (Stovall) Eckart
Batesville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was a wonderful teacher and friend to all. May God cover his family with Peace and comfort during these difficult days and may this Bible verse minister to all.

“When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love Him”. (Psalm 116:15).

Henry and Toni Frederick
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn and kids and grandkids, We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Bentley was an inspiration to all who knew him and that was over half of just Logan County, probably about half of Arkansas. He’s teaching at the biggest school of all now! Prayers of comfort for you all.

Ricky and Kit Brooks
Charleston, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mrs. Allen, Leslie and Holly,
We loved Mr. Allen so much he will be missed a great teacher great person and a wonderful Christian man praying for you , you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Ricky and Kit Brooks

Linda Simon
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn and family, I could say so much, but you all know how I felt about Mr. Allen. I never knew a finer man. I send love and I lift you up in prayer.

Linda Scrudder Cobb
Ft Smith, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn may God wrap His loving arms around you as you face this difficult time in your life. I know you and the family will miss such a wonderful man. I shall never forget him as my math teacher. He was such a good teacher.

Shannah Click (Cameron)
Lancaster, KY
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy. Mr Allen was hard core he expected 110% effort and he gave 200% to every student. He is the reason i like math. He was always kind. He will be missed greatly.
Shannah Cameron Click

Carolyn Barbee
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

My deepest sympathies- With ❤️ Love

Kevin & Tonya Reed
Tucson, AZ
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

So sorry for your loss but Heaven is is rejoicing today. He was a wonderful man, teacher and friend. He will be missed by all.

Kathy Bullock
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

He finished his race with many crowns....he never waivered in his faith or his willingness to help people(especially all the kids). One of the biggest Eagle fans I knew. He was always faithful in calling bingo for our residents for so many years. Prayers to his family and friends.

Ronnie & Millissia Jones
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

To the Allen Family: Prayers for you all with the loss of your dad, husband and friend. He was such a nice man. He always cared about his family and God First. He did so much for the town of Paris. He will never be forgotten. Remember all the good times and share them with others. His memory will be around for a long time. Love to each of you!

Pam Schluterman
Subiaco, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr Allen was a great math teacher. He will be remembered by so many. May you rest in God’s peace Mr Allen. Prayers to the entire Allen family.
Pam (Hixson) Schluterman

Larry J Parsons Sr
Mission, TX
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Bently was my math teacher the first year he came to Paris and he made learning math a lot easier. He was also one of the most caring people I have ever been around. Carolyn we are thinking of you in this time of your loss.
R.I.P. Mr Allen!

Yvonne Hickman Moffet
Ozark, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bently Allen he was an extraordinary person special he cared for his students he taught n everyone that came in contact with him was blessed. I will miss seeing him around town n his kind smile. May God Comfort you Caroline, Holly n Leslie an all your families.

Judy Patterson
Charleston, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dear “Allen’s”,
Fifty years ago, 1971, the kindest, most caring teacher took it upon himself to mentor a young, first year math teacher. I cried several nights a week that year, and had it not been for Mr. Allen and my father telling me that I could handle certain problems, I would have quit. After that I was determined to be the best math teacher and as much like Mr. Allen as I could be.
Bentley and Carolyn were models for my husband and me as teachers, parents, and caring friends. We watched each other’s daughters grow into wonderful women with wonderful families of their own.
I miss you already but I’ll never forget you! Thank you! God bless and keep you!!!

Susan E. Johnson
Scranton, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bently was an active board member of Community Outreach Services in Paris, Arkansas, for twenty years. On behalf of our volunteers, I extend sympathy and prayers to Carolyn, the girls and their families.

James Tucker
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sorry for your loss.
Praying for family

Nora Langley
Subiaco, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Nora Langley

Jim & Linda Green
Hackett, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn we are so sorry for your loss we thought so much of Mr Allen he was a great teacher and will be greatly missed by so many..may God give you peace at this difficult time...prayers and hugs to you

Jim & Linda Green
Hackett, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Carolyn we are so sorry for your loss we thought so much of Mr Allen he was a great teacher and will be greatly missed by so many..may God give you peace at this difficult time...prayers and hugs to you

Glenda Ezell
Magazine, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Allen was a wonderful man. He reflected the love of God in word and deed. Your family is in our prayers. May God surround you with peace and love.

Betty (Trisler) Fairbanks
MAGAZINE, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dear Allen Family,
Please accept my condolences a
with the passing of Mr. Allen. He was wonderful, inspiring, hardworking, caring, devoted and a friend to all. I hold him in the highest regard. He will be missed. May you feel God's loving, comforting arms around you. My prayers are with you.
Betty (Trisler) Fairbanks

Michelle (Neumeier) Owens
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Allen - the most sincere, sympathetic, genuine teacher I ever had the opportunity to learn from. There never was or since been such an honest and compassionate man. I am so sorry for you loss. May God rest his soul!

Paula (Parker) Ceniceros
Prairie Grove, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What a sadness to learn of Mr, Allen’s death. Great teacher, person, husband and father. He touched so many lives. My prayers and condolences to his family.

Joyce Friddle
MAGAZINE, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Bently Allen was one of the kindest, most caring man ever. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Vivian Fox
Russellville, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was a wonderful inspiration to many people. He was one of my favorite teachers through all my years of schooling. Condolences and prayers for all of his family and friends.

Tonya Fletcher
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I don’t know where to begin when I think of Bently. He is such an inspiration and his love of Paris was greater than any thing I have ever witnessed. It was a blessing to know him and an honor to call him my friend.
I’m so sorry for the loss to Bently‘s family and the community of Paris. His legacy lives on with the Boy's and Girl's club of Paris, his generosity to the community outreach services, the students that he taught throughout the years and many friends that love him.
Bently, I will forever appreciate the influence you had on my life.

Sue Gehring
Scranton, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was a fantastic man. He will be missed so much by many people. I don't know any person that cared more about other people than him.

Celeste Fox
Paris, AR
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mr. Allen was my high school Algebra teacher. Many, many people who went to PHS can say that. Without a doubt, he was the BEST math teacher I ever had. I could say SO MUCH about his volunteer and humanitarian service but it would take a book. He touched the lives of thousands of people. A life well lived... A great man has gone to his well-earned eternal reward. My love and condolences to Mrs. Allen, Holly, Leslie and the remainder of his family.