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“Welcome to see you in this happy place, to put a smile on your face”
Allen was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 24, 1947. He is now reunited with his mother (Myrtle Garron), father (Eugene Garron), sister (Katherine) and Grandmother Essie Walker. He transitioned from this life on Saturday, December 16, 2023. He was 76 years old when God called him home.
His family moved to Michigan City when he was three and he has resided here since then. Allen lived in “The Patch” for much of his childhood and was known to many by his nickname, “Pookie”. There he was raised in a Christian home. Early on he learned the importance of religion, spirituality and character, the foundations in life. He became a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Michigan City at age 12. Throughout the years he attended numerous services and programs at the Community Church of Union Pier, MI, where Reverend John McGee is Pastor.
Allen attended Central Elementary School and is a graduate of Elston Senior High School. He then enrolled at Ball State University, from which he earned and received a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Business Administration, Sociology and American History. While as an undergraduate he demonstrated his leadership capabilities through his participation in numerous ways including membership in the Black Students United group (BSU), People In Politics, and the University Student Leadership Council. In addition, Allen was a founding member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., serving as group president and later a charter member of the Upsilon Beta Chapter at Ball State.
Allen maintained an active and purposeful engagement with Ball State University that has spanned 50 plus years. He served on the board of the Black Alumni Constituent Society and once held the position as President. He has also held several key positions involving the Ball State Alumni Association. Most notably, he served as President of the University Alumni Association. Allen was the first black President of the BSU Alumni Council. He is a former member of the Bracken Library Board of Governors, acting as liaison between Black Alumni Association and Multicultural Affairs department. He volunteered with the Office of Admissions, which worked the Black Expo and Summer Residential Scholars programs. Allen was an active participant in College of Business Dialogue Days and various university committees. He was a catalyst and key participant in the BSU History Department and worked heavily on the Black Alumni Oral History Project. He was proud of his photo legacy, which was a historical digital scrapbook collection.
Allen was always engaging personally and professionally with people of all ages, races, genders, religious beliefs, and upbringings. After a long career in business, he retired from TJX Companies, where he was Operations Manager. Prior to that position, he was Director of Hartmarx Sportswear Distribution Center, Jaymar-Ruby Division. He later restarted work life as Team Leader within the Safe Harbor After School Enrichment Program.
Allen demonstrated his concern for community, youth development and social equity through his active participation in numerous committees and organizations. Those involvements includes: NAACP Young Adult Council; Michigan City Black History Committee; former member and Board President Michigan City Human Rights Commission; board member H.O.P.E. Program; Michigan City Economic Commission; Head Start Program; MCAS Parents Advisory Committee; member and President of Y.E.S. (Youth Education Support); co-founder Michigan City Academic/Athletic Seminars; business coach/mentor Junior Achievement; United Way Allocations Committee; youth mentor Hours for Hours. He was a Michigan City Parks and Recreation Pee-Wee League basketball coach for boys and at one time he was the girl’s basketball coach at Pines Elementary School.
Allen worked alongside many inspiring individuals, yet he was humbled by the awards and recognitions he received. Some of which included: Indiana Black Expo Community Spirit Award; Michigan City Black History Committee Service and Dedication Award; La Porte County NAACP Trailblazer Award; Essence Rare – Historian of the Year; Ball State University African American Studies Alumni Award; TJX Above and Beyond Award; the Hartley Job Leadership / Service Award; Alumni Association President’s Award; Ball State University Benny Award; Multicultural Affairs Special Recognition Award and BSU Black Alumni Constituent Society President’s Award. He has also been featured in numerous publications, newspapers, and magazines.
Allen had an unwavering love and commitment to his family. He was always supportive and there whenever they needed him. He enjoyed entertaining at home and traveling near and far to enjoy the company of friends, attending concerts while making memories that lasted a lifetime. He grew up in a generation of change makers. Therefore, his commitment to the youth was indeed a passion. If you needed an uplifting word or encouragement, Mr. Williams was sure to provide wisdom, share a quote or lend a genuine listening ear.
Allen’s memories will carry on through Cenora, his loving wife of 48 years. His two sons: Austin, who lives in Miami Beach, FL and Anthony who resides in Yorktown, IN with his wife Courtney and their son Avery Lee. Allen’s light also shines in the hearts of his brother Kenneth Garron, and his wife Zella, of Merrillville, IN. A special cousin and brother Spencer Wright Jr., and lifelong friends: Sel Dunlap, John Hall, O’Neil Simmons, and Foster Stevens and a host of family and friends too numerous to name.
As long as you speak Allen’s name, his music and memories shall live forever.
A Celebration of life will be Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 11am, Zion Hill Baptist Church 123 Helen St. Michigan City, Indiana 46360. with Pastor John McGee to do Eulogy. Viewing will be 9am - 11am until time of service at the Church. Burial to follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.