He was born December 9, 1955, in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Jackie W. and Mildred F. Jauch Followell. Allen loved to scuba dive, swim, fish, play cribbage and was a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He retired from Checker Motors after 26 years of service as a punch press operator. Allen was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Terry Followell.
He is survived by his father and step mother, Jackie W. and Priscilla Followell of Fairview; a son, Jay Whalen of New York; a nephew, Michael Followell of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; numerous aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 21, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Backus officiating. Interment will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.