Cloy L Allen passed away September 17, 2020 in Temple, Texas at the age of 99.
He was born January 28, 1921 in Wingate, Texas, to the late James Walker and Lula May Allen. Cloy was class president of his graduating class at Wingate in 1938, entered Civil Service at Kelly Field, San Antonio in 1941 and was military furloughed to enter the Army Air Corp in WWII on Aug. 31,1942. He volunteered for the Greater New York School Of Aeronautics, graduating in July 1943 at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York with top honors and assigned to Bell Air Craft Mfg., Buffalo, NY for special training on their P-63 aircraft. He was shipped to Fresno, Ca to await duty assignment in the South Pacific, but ended up in Glasgow, Scotland on his way to Ipswich, England where he would be placed in charge of hydraulics for the next 22 months for fighter planes of the 8th Air Force.
He was discharged June 23, 1946 at Ft. Sam Houston and resumed his work at Kelly Field. Cloy married Fayrene Ferguson England Nov. 30, 1946 of San Antonio, and resigned from Kelly Field Mar. 1, 1950 to move home to Wingate where he served as postmaster from 1951 to 1971.
He was very active in the National League of Postmasters, serving two terms as State President and three years as a Natl. Vice President. In 1963 he designed and, with sister Ruby’s help, built the present post office building in Wingate for their dad. In 1971, Cloy resigned as postmaster to become the Plant Maintenance Specialist for the Dallas Postal Region where he supervised seventeen area techs from Louisiana and Texas in moving post offices and installing special equipment. He had the option to retire in 1972 at age fifty-one with thirty years by taking a reduction in pay.
During his retirement he was granted two U.S. Patents and the Registered Trademark for TEXAS TIME which was branded on a wooden map of Texas. In 1982, Cloy and Faye retired to Temple, TX. Cloy was one of the friendliest people to ever walk the earth and never met a stranger.
After Faye’s death in 1995, Cloy moved to the San Antonio area in 1996 until returning to Temple in 2009. Cloy is preceded in death by his wife, Faye, and stepdaughter, Karen England Harris and sisters Oletha (Sis) Riley, Ruby Bryan Phillips, and Clora (Snookie) Ricketts.
Survivors include stepson, Monty England and wife Christa of Moody, TX; and daughter, Candy Allen Neal and husband John of Saint Hedwig, TX; seven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews; a very special friend, LaMoyne Moore; and untold numbers of wonderful friends and e-mail buddies.
A graveside service for Cloy will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Bellwood Memorial Park Cemetery, 8575 Airport Rd, Temple, TX. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Allen family.
Published on September 25, 2020