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Memories of a Lifetime of Love



Melba (Wilkes) Allen

February 15, 1925 ~ June 3, 2018 (age 93)


Mrs. Melba W. Allen, age 93, of Vidalia, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, after an extended illness.  She was a native of Montgomery County, and has lived in Vidalia most of her life.  She was a 1942 graduate of Alston High School, and earned an Associate Degree from Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro, now Georgia Southern University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Georgia.  She began her teaching career in New Branch School, and taught first grade at Lyons Elementary School for thirty-two years.  She was librarian at the elementary school in Vidalia, and was librarian at Robert Toombs Christian Academy for twenty-two years.  She was a member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association and the First Baptist Church of Vidalia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jemell “R.J.” Allen; parents, Wiley Wilkes and Florence Boyd Wilkes; one brother, Jack Wilkes; and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Hutcheson Allen.

Mrs. Allen is survived by three children, Larry Allen, Donna D. Hughes, and Stacy Boyd Allen, all of Vidalia; one brother, T.C. Wilkes and wife Carolyn of the Toombs Central Community; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia GA 30475.

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