Jackie “Jack” Allen was born on December 19, 1947, in Snow Hill, MD. He was the son of the late Annie M. Allen and the late William Allen. On Christmas Day, December 25, 2022, after a courageous battle with health challenges, he was called to live eternally with our Lord.
Jack was named after the first black Major League baseball player, Jackie Robinson. Not only did Jack share his name, but also his love of sports, particularly baseball. He attended Worcester County, MD public schools and graduated from Worcester High School in 1965, where he played on the baseball and basketball teams. Shortly after graduation, Jack was drafted into the US Army, where he served in the Vietnam War. After leaving the Army, Jack attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), where he again played baseball. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UMES in 1973.
After graduation, Jack moved to Philadelphia, where he worked as a substitute teacher and other various jobs. During this time, Jack met and married Diana Trent, who preceded him in death. From that union Krystal, his only child, was born.
Jack moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1976. He continued his passion for education and sports, working in the Volusia County public schools for nearly three decades as an educator and football coach at Seabreeze and New Smyrna Beach High Schools. He left a tremendous impact on the lives of his students.
Jack’s religious foundation began early in life. He cherished his relationship with the Lord. He was a member of the New Heart Christian Center in Daytona Beach and worked with the finance committee. He served in multiple capacities as a faithful member. He was deeply into the Word, and always started his day reading scripture. It was after visiting and later joining the church that Jack was introduced to Phyllis Smith. After a few conversations and dates, a whirlwind romance ensued. They fell in love, were married in 2006 and their new life began.
As a devoted husband and father, Jack enjoyed spending time with family. Jack and Phyllis enjoyed every day together. They spent time sharing memories of their youth, taking long drives, watching movies, and spending peaceful moments sitting on the front porch. Jack talked with his sisters, daughter, and granddaughter in Maryland nearly every day, just to check in and say he loved them. He was affectionately known as “Pop-Pop” to his grandchildren, and always had an encouraging word and firm correction when needed. Even after he became ill, he still took care of his family by providing wise counsel or financial support. His legacy and the abundant love he shared will now be multiplied in the hearts of all those privileged to have known him.
Jack was preceded in death by two siblings, Richard Allen and Doris Allen Downing. He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis; his daughter Krystal Lighty (Luther III) of Columbia, MD; his stepson Philip Smith (Ebony) of Daytona Beach, FL; his siblings Peggy Jones of Baltimore, MD, and Mary Stewart of Salisbury, MD; his grandchildren Keyana Porter-Coleman (Keith), Luther Lighty IV, Maurice Smith, and Ashton Smith; his goddaughter Kamyra; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, respected colleagues, co-laborers in ministry, and friends.
Private Family Burial will be held Tuesday, January 3rd at 1pm at Greenwood Cemetery, Daytona Beach, Fl. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, January 4th at 4pm at New Heart Christian Center, Daytona Beach, Fl. Professional services entrusted to Herbert Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. To view the Celebration of Life Memorial of Mr. Jack Allen:
New Heart Ministries
Masks will be required for those attending in person.
Posted online on December 30, 2022
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal