Willie "Doc" R. Allen
February 19, 1923 - January 28, 2018

Willie “Doc” Roseman Allen went home to be with the Lord on Sunday January 28, 2018.

Willie was one of thirteen children born to William and Ethel Allen. He arrived on February 19, 1923 in Possum Neck, MS. His story of humble beginnings set in motion his desire to help others particularly children. He was a longtime member of Unity Baptist Church and Vancleave First Baptist Church. He loved the Lord with all his heart and never missed an opportunity to share the redemption story. He enjoyed working in various children’s ministry even served as a bus aid. Doc retired as a welder from Ingalls Shipbuilding after 40 years of service. He and his soul mate Murtis had two beautiful daughters Beverly and Betty. He was a consistent, never wavering presence in all aspects of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eleven siblings and in 2006 his wife of 49 years Murtis Glies Allen. He is survived by his daughters; Beverly G. VonKanel (Danny) and Betty A Tillman (Andy); sister, Dovie J. Allen; grandchildren, Daniel Allen VonKanel, Bradford Ryan Von Kanel, Andrew Dylan Tillman, Simon Patrick Tillman, Mariah N. Davis (Tillman), Jacob Riley Tillman; great-grandchildren, Brantleigh Reese Von Kanel, Cooper Breland, Kaylie, Blake , Bryce and Keira Von Kanel; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 at O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula from 6-9 pm. Funeral Service will be Saturday in the funeral home chapel at 11 am with visitation one hour prior. Interment will conclude services at Serene Memorial Garden. Serving as pallbearers will be Dylan Tillman, Simon Tillman, Allen VonKanel, Brad VonKanel, Blake VonKanel and Riley Tillman. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in his memory to the Home of Grace. Condolences may be expressed online at