They sat rather stiffly side by side, each with hands clasped in lap. The occasion was their 50th anniversary, and granddaughter Marion captured the moment in the only photograph I have seen of them together.
Three years later, family gathered again on the day after Christmas to pay respects to John and Mary Agnes Holmes Allen. Papa Allen retired to bed after dinner and never woke again.
Norfolk Journal and Guide, 2 January 1954.
He was buried in Pleasant Shade cemetery in Hampton, Virginia, near the graves of his son John Jr. and daughter Marion.
Top photo taken by Marion Allen Christian, 1953, copy in possession of Lisa Y. Henderson; bottom photo taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, February 2011.
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