Longtime area resident B.J. "Jimmy" Allen of Lake Jackson passed from this life and entered into the kingdom of heaven on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the age of 86.
Services will be Saturday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Restwood Funeral Home with visitation at 9:00. The service will be conducted by Dr. Lynne Settlemyre of First United Methodist Church of Lake Jackson.
Billy Joe Allen was born in Jacksonville, Texas. He moved with his family as a teen to Lake Jackson, and attended and graduated from Freeport High School in 1946. He served in the United States Navy where he spent time in the South Pacific on the USS O'Bannon DDE 450 as a machinist mate. B.J. later worked in Operations for Dow Chemical until his retirement in 1979. He was married to Joe Anne Charles Allen for 55 years until her death in 2009. B.J. was a lover of animals and nature, and much of his time was spent outside. He and Joe Anne enjoyed Quintana beach in the 1960's, fishing camps at Harris Reservoir and Danbury and a special retreat at Wadsworth for many years. B.J. was gifted mechanically, and had a talent for building. He was happiest when repairing and giving new life to salvaged items, and was a regular "customer" at the old Dow salvaged materials sales. He was a man of strength and strong convictions.
B.J. Allen is predeceased by his wife Joe Anne, his parents, three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his son Herb McNaspy and wife, Annette of Houston and their children Sarah McNaspy and Brian Grasshoff; daughter-in-law Janette Ambuhl of Austin, grandson Will McNaspy and his daughter Jennifer McNaspy of Houston.
He is also survived by sisters-in-law Delores Baker of Lake Jackson and Wynama Wheeler of Clute, nephews, niece and their families Andy and Deana Wheeler and Andy's son Greg Wheeler; Terry and Sue Wheeler and children, Mike Wheeler and Vera Dusek; Carol and Mitchell Escuriex and daughter, Lindsey Escuriex; Carl and Sharon Baker and children, Michael and Sarah Baker; Steven Baker and sons, Aaron and Justin Baker.
Also left to cherish "Mr. B.J.'s" memory are special friends, neighbors, caregivers and "adopted" family Diana and Bob Ruiz and their children, Robert and Hillary.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to donation to The
or the charity of your choice in his name.