OBITUARY: Joseph Ernest Allen


Joseph Ernest Allen, age 78 of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee passed away on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Joseph was a family man, who raised three kids, tended a horse farm, and traveled the world while working for Caterpillar for 43 years. He loved making people laugh, and was a well-known family prankster starting with his entrance into the world. When they couldn’t get to a hospital in time, he was born in a funeral home. He could track the major moments of his life by the cars he owned, remembering everyone and was an avid collector, or as avid as Caroll allowed him to be (after all there was only so much room in the garage).

He fondly remembered his childhood around Philadelphia, Hannibal and Canton, Missouri before moving to Bartonville, Illinois. That’s where he met a woman in a band uniform who stole his heart. That moment during his senior year of high school brought him together with his lifelong love, Caroll. They went on to marry in 1968 followed by 55 years together, and three pranksters of his very own.

In that time, they moved from Illinois, to Mexico City, Mexico; North Carolina; California, and Nashville before retiring. During his career his travels took him to Siberia, Singapore and throughout South America, developing multiple patents, one of which is still being used in earth moving equipment today.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Russell Allen & Martha Thompson; and sister, Eunice Axtell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Caroll Allen; children, Joseph (Pantea) Allen, Stacie Allen, and Michele Allen; brother, Randall Allen; sisters, Lisa (Robbie) Brown and Karla Allen Blair; grandchildren, Caitlin Davis, Hailey Davis, Joseph Allen and Jaden Allen; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 2 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Brother Danny Sellars officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Family & Friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, February 10th from 5-8 pm and Saturday, February 11th from 1 pm until time of service at 2 pm.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,


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