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Benny Allison

Benny Allison

November 9, 1938 - August 30, 2019
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Benny Allison, 80, of Canyon, Texas passed away on August 30, 2019 in Amarillo, Texas. Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Brooks Chapel with Pastor Steve Olson and Darrell Miles of Cary, North Carolina, officiating. Private burial will precede the services at 10:00 A.M. at Dreamland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Brooks Chapel. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors. Benny was born in Rule, Texas to Oscar A. and Ruth Edith Allison on November 9, 1938. He went to school at Rule ISD and upon graduation entered West Texas College graduating with degrees in Bachelor of Science and Master of Education. While in college he worked at Coopers Market in Canyon where he met his future wife, Wilma. He married Wilma Burkett on July 3, 1964, and both moved to Amarillo where he began his teaching career in Physical Education at Olsen Park Elementary with AISD. Following 5 years, Benny and Wilma accepted teaching assignments with Boys Ranch ISD. Benny served in all areas of assignments consisting of coaching of basketball, football, track and other Ranch events. Benny received many awards for his services. Hundreds of young boys were influenced by his leadership and Benny always welcomed seeing their accomplishments in life. His warmth of friendship will always be cherished! With 32 years of service, Benny retired from the Ranch in 1996 and moved back to Canyon. Both Benny and Wilma joined First Baptist Church and enjoyed visiting with family and friends and traveling to Dallas to visit their daughters. Benny is preceded in death by his father, Oscar A. Allison; mother, Ruth Edith Allison; brother, Alfred Allison and wife, Frances; sister, Laverne Lee and husband, Donald; twin sister, Wanda Lehrmann; and nephews, Eugene Lee and Scott Raymond. Benny is survived by his wife, Wilma of 55 years; two daughters, Angela Karhu and husband Brian, and Andrea Welding; three grandsons, Tyler Beckner, Ryan Karhu, and Zack Hukill; several nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as in-laws, friends, and extended Boys Ranch family. Pall bearers will be the Canyon City Lodge #730 Masons. Memorials may be given to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Alumni Association PO Box 9435 Amarillo, Texas 79105. The family of Benny Allison wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the pharmacists and staff at Canyon United Pharmacy, The Cottages, Encompass Hospice and the wonderful staff at Family Medicine Center of Canyon.
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  • Visitation

    September 3, 2019 | 7:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    September 3, 2019 7:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Brooks Chapel
    Address
    1702 5th Avenue
    Canyon, TX 79015
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    September 4, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    September 4, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Brooks Chapel
    Address
    1702 5th Avenue
    Canyon, TX 79015
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Debbie Reese

Posted at 12:00am
All my love and prayers to the Allison family. Benny was a really great guy and I loved knowing him!
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Barbara Coskrey

Posted at 12:00am
If there is a front row in heaven, Benny is sitting there.  As a newcomer to Rule in 1955, Benny was the first to welcome me into their class. He made me feel special, only to find out, that he made every one feel that way !! He missed Wanda terribly when she passed........I can only imagine the reunion they are having in heaven. Farewell sweet Benny, until we meet again. Your class of '57 will miss you terribly.       Barbara
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Glendell Smith

Posted at 12:00am
Perhaps I've never known another man who was loved so much by so many. Benny received so much love because he gave so much love.  He got it all back. He had that rare gift of making everybody else feel important every time he saw them. His was a life well-lived, a life that made a difference in numerous lives.
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Kerry Allison

Posted at 12:00am
I remember hearing about uncle Oscar, Benny and Wanda when I was growing up. I am Carlton Allison’s son, Jim Allison’s grandson. Love you guys and all the Allisons.
BK

Brian karhu

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