Mr. Wilbur Ray Allen, age 75, passed away from heart failure on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
He was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Nichols, Fla. and was the son of the late Aubrey and Eloise Allen.
Mr. Allen retired from Central Maintenance and Welding, in Lithia after many years of faithful service.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bartow and served as chairman of the Finance Committee. Wilbur was also a past president of the Bartow Jaycees, and served on the Bartow Fourth of July Committee for over 20 years. He was a member and Past Master of Tuscan Lodge No. 6 in Bartow, Fla. He also served the Lakeland York Rite Bodies as High Priest of the Chapter, Illustrious Master of the Council, and Commander of the Commandery. Wilbur was elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida in 2006. Wilbur was a past board member of the Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville, Fla., and co-founded, along with his wife, The Shands Santa Project.
Along with his parents, Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his son, Ray Allen.
He is survived by a loving family that includes his wife of 54 years, Diane Allen of Bartow; two daughters, Cheryl DeNeve of Nashville, Tenn., Laurie Ward and husband, Gary, of Bartow; grandchildren, Jenna Halford and husband, Stephen, Lauren Rae Ward, Mackenzie Ward, A.J. DeNeve and wife, Liz, Aimee DeNeve; great grandchildren, Bailey Lewis and Griffin Lewis.
The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Monday, July 14 at First United Methodist Church of Bartow with funeral services following at 11 a.m.
Condolences may be made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bartow at 310 S. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830.
Widden-McLean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.