Greensboro- Gene Samuel Allred, 93, died at his residence after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, March 13, 2014. A memorial service to celebrate Sam's life will be at 2 PM, Saturday, March 22, at Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.
Sam was born in Burlington, NC to the late William Stanley and Rose Grant Allred. He served in Africa and Italy as an airplane mechanic with the US Army Air Corp during WWII. Sam was employed at Charles D. Roberts Co. for many years but his life-long profession was as a singer. He entertained audiences all over the world as a professional singer for over twenty-six years and with his beautiful voice comforted many bereaved families when he was called upon to sing at funerals. Sam was a loving and devoted husband to Becky Allred for 66 years and a wonderful father to six children. He was the light and life of their home and leaves behind a legacy to his children and grandchildren of loyalty, strong moral character and an enthusiastic outlook on life. He was a hard worker who could repair or build just about anything and will be remembered as a very talented cook whose stews, chicken, cornbread, fresh garden vegetables and peanut brittle fed many. He loved the Lord and was a member of Glenwood Friends since 1975 where he served as Minister of Music and Choir Director.
Surviving Sam are his wife, Ella Rebecca Scott Allred; six children and their spouses, Marilyn Trivett, Sharon McMurry, Teresa Inserra, George Allred, Samuel Allred, and Joe Allred; fourteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile 502 E Cornwallis Dr., Greensboro, NC 27405. The family especially thanks Natalie Pennix whose tender care made his life so comfortable the last three years. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.