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Barbara Kirkman Allen

  Barbara Kirkman Allen

Barbara Kirkman Allen

Date of Service: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time of Service: 11:00 AM

RALEIGH- Barbara was born July 23, 1931 in Asheville, NC to Georgia and Walter Kirkman. She was one of five Children, two girls (Helen, Barbara) and three boys (Harold, Robert, Jimmy). Early in life, the family relocated to Raleigh, NC. Her father died soon after. She graduated from Millbrook High School in 1949, after being active in most activities offered at the school. She married the love of her life, Luke Candus Allen, on September 9, 1949 and shortly thereafter went to work with CP&L, presently known as Duke Power. In 1956 she bore her only child, Michael Allen. During her career she worked tirelessly, both at her job, through her beautiful voice, and through her leadership in the Democratic Party, all the while raising a son and supporting her husband’s accomplishments. Her efforts led her to the highest position ever held by a woman at CP&L, the longest serving chair of the state Democratic Party, and numerous singing engagements both at the US Capital and throughout the country with the "JJ" Singers. Through all she never lost sight of her primary goal, to follow God through service to others, especially those scorned by society. Barbara passed away April 19, 2021 after a difficult but heroic battle with dementia. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, her son, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten. A memorial service will be held on the family farm, 3714 Marsh Creek Rd., on Saturday May 15th at 11 AM by the Revs. Dr. Randy Carter, Dr. Marion D. Lark and Brian Lockamy. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the home.

Date of Death: Monday, April 19, 2021

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