Barbara Potts Allen

Published 11:20 am Thursday, May 30, 2024

Barbara Potts Allen was born Dec. 27, 1935 to the late Ray and Louise Jones Potts in Davie County and transitioned to her heavenly home Monday, May 27, 2024 at the age of 88.

She grew up in the Cornatzer community, attended Shady Grove Elementary and High School where she graduated from in 1954. In 1956, she married Charlie W. “C.W.” Allen and moved to Farmington where she lived until 2018.

Mrs. Allen is survived by: her 3 daughters, Tammy Fleming (Alton) of Advance, Kim Davidson (Mike) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Kandace Plott (Steve Boger) of Mocksville; and 8 grandchildren, Alex (Catherine) and Ben Fleming; Robert, Connor, Katie and Claire Davidson, and Artist (partner, Katherine Crews) and Beau Plott.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: twin brothers, Barry and Garry; and her husband of 51 years, C.W.

Barbara will be remembered for her strong faith, commitment to her family and to her community. During her lifetime she was an active member of Cornatzer Baptist Church and later, Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She was involved in PTA, at Pinebrook Elementary and North Davie Jr. High, a member of the Davie County Hospital Board and Farmington Medical Center Board.  Despite being born into a family with strong ties to the Republican party, in a trade-off made at marriage, she became a Democrat and her husband (a Methodist) became a Baptist. Like everything Barbara did, she did it to the fullest degree.  For over 65 years she was an active member of the Davie Democratic Party, was a long-term member of the Board of Elections and a familiar face at the Farmington polling booth for over 50 years.

Her life was dedicated to supporting her husband and children. When first married, she managed the books for her in-law’s family farm. Following the sale of the farm, she and her husband started C.W. Allen Grading & Clearing where she was the bookkeeper until 2007, when C.W. passed. She also worked multiple part time jobs while her daughters were in school and later became a licensed Realtor. She continued that role until 2019, selling property and making friends with all of her customers. Barbara loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. During her free time, you could find her attending her grandchildren’s athletic and school events and volunteering in the community. She will long be remembered for the positive impact she made on everyone who knew her, a witty sense of humor, ability to laugh at herself and the many “Barbara Allen” stories that are fondly remembered. She rarely had an opinion she would keep to herself and everyone appreciated her open and honest friendship.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Cornatzer Baptist Church with Rev. Darren Crotts officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family invites friends to visit with them at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: Davie Community Foundation, PO Box 546, Mocksville, NC 27028, Memo: C.W. & Barbara Allen Scholarship Fund.

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