Joseph A. Allen, 61, of Harrison, TN,passed away Friday, September 30, 2011. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was a member of the Bayside Baptist Church and retired in January 2010 as an Engineer with Southern Railroad with 36 years of service. He was a graduate of Tyner High School, Class of 68, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his father, J.B. Allen and his brother, Donnie Allen. Survivors include his mother, Irene Staley, Chattanooga; wife, Janet L. Allen; two daughters, Sheri and husband Thomas Patrick, Charlotte, NC and Anna and husband Donald Linam, Ooltewah; son, Dustin Whitley, Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Ingrid Patrick, Mac Patrick, Josie Linam, Jake Linam and Jenna Linam; two sisters, Brenda Burns, Ooltewah and Judy McDaniel, Chattanooga. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Stitts officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.