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Visitation information
Bethania Moravian Church Fellowship Hall following the service
5545 Main Street, Bethania, NC 27010
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017
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Service information
Bethania Moravian Church
5545 Main Street, Bethania, NC 27010
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017
2:30 p.m.
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James "Buster" Allen, Jr.
Sep 06, 1933 - Mar 08, 2017
VA Hospital Salisbury
James "Buster" Allen, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, March 8th at the VA Hospital in Salisbury. He was known professionally - work and military - as James, however family and friends called him Buster.

Buster was born September 6, 1933 in Durham, NC. At the age of seven, he began a lifetime of work. His first job was at the Winston-Salem YMCA where he began a longtime relationship, beginning with running the movie projector and then going on to become a YMCA board member, chairing the Camp John W. Hanes Board of Directors and the Winston-Lake Family YMCA building committee.

He attended John W. Hanes High School. Buster was an Eagle Scout and scholar-athlete holding the baseball record for the longest hit. At the end of high school, Hanes High Principal R. H. Haltiwonger leveraged an appointment to West Point from Congressman Thurmond Chatham. Buster, however, could not accept the appointment due to family obligations.

He went to work for Duke Power where he met his wife of 58 years, Georgie Swink. When Georgie became the organist at Pine Chapel in the late 50s, it began a 60 year of faithfulness to the Moravian Church.

Buster was drafted into the Army in December 1956 and was hand-picked for the Army's Military Intelligence Corps serving as a cryptologist assigned to the Pentagon. Sworn to secrecy, to this day no one knows exactly what he did. He mustered out of the Army in 1959 and joined the Army Reserves for active and inactive duty until 1962. Post-Army Buster worked for Security Life & Trust Company which became Integon. He retired with over 35 years with the company. Along the way he became an expert in building design and equipment, leading to a primary role in the building of Medical Park Hospital and the Integon Building. Buster was later hired by the North Carolina Insurance Commission to troubleshoot and investigate "troubled insurance" companies. After he retired he worked at Walmart as a greeter. He always had a pocketful of candy to delight families with children.

In addition to his parents, Buster is preceded in death by his wife Georgie. Surviving him are his son, Russ William and wife Michele; adopted son Richard "Zeke" Johnson; two granddaughters: Megan and Sara and one great-grandchild to be born in April.

We will always remember him as an honest and generous man, always looking after and caring for others. Matthew 25:23, "Well done, my good and faithful servant" resonates Buster's life.

A funeral service will be held at Bethania Moravian Church on Sunday, March 12th at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. David Merritt officiating. Following the graveside service, there will be a visitation in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethania Moravian Church, 5545 Main Street, Bethania, NC 27010.

Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.

 
 
 
 
Condolences
Warren Hicks
Russ, Michele, and family, Diane and I were saddened when you called earlier to tell me of your father's passing. After reading his obituary, I can see where you (Russ) get all of your wonderful traits and your loving, caring, and friendly qualities. Unfortunately, I have first-hand knowledge of what you are going through. Like I told you tonight, you have to focus on the good times and the love and relationship you had. Diane and I are planning to travel up there on Sunday morning. We have reserved a hotel room for Sunday night. The local weather is saying a trace to an inch of snow here and the triangle. If the weather gets bad, there is no way we can get on the roads and travel. Hopefully it'll all be ok and we will be able to see you at the church. I have the church name and directions on Google Maps, so we are covered there. Diane and I send our deepest sympathy, all of our love, and all of our prayers for each of you! We love you guys and weather permitting, we will see you on Sunday afternoon. Much Love and many Prayers, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Warren and Diane
 
 
Wanda & Jim Russell
Russ, I have such fond memories of your Dad during the years we worked together at Securiity Life. He was a very kind man and a friend to all. We will keep you and all the family in our prayers.
 
 
 
 
 
 

         

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