Of Apex, NC, was born on June 22, 1969, and departed this world on March 24, 2015. Allen grew up in Vienna, VA. Following his graduation from George C. Marshall HS, he relocated to Raleigh and embraced it as his home. He loved the area for its parks and lakes, proximity to the Carolina beaches, and for its people, whom he described as caring and generous. He became an avid fan of NASCAR as well as NC college and pro sports, but never lost his love for the Washington Redskins. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and fantasy football.
Allen was a loving son, father, and brother. He is survived by his former wife, Stephanie, and their children, Taylor and Jack, Jr., of Raleigh. He is also survived by his mother, Opal Childress, and sisters, Carla Austin and Carmen Bishop, along with their families, all of Fairfax, VA. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe A. Childress, Sr. He will be remembered by family and friends as a bright, fun-loving, and warmhearted person whose light went out too soon.
Arrangements for a celebration of Allen's life will be announced at a later date.