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Judge Claude William Allen Jr. “Bill”

Judge Claude William Allen Jr. “Bill”, 93, of Oxford passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.

Bill was born in Granville County on October 31, 1928 to the late Claude William Allen Sr. and Mary Norwood.

Bill met the love of his life, Billie Smith, in Pilot Mountain on a hayride in 1949 and they later married in 1951. He graduated from Wilton High School, North Carolina State University with an Agriculture Degree and from the University of North Carolina Law School. Bill and his wife started the Double B Pine State Dairy Farm in 1954. He later became a lawyer, prosecutor and Chief District Court Judge until retirement. Bill was a lifelong member of Brassfield Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher for thirty years and as a deacon.

Funeral services will be private.

He is survived by two sons, Claude W. Allen III (Deborah) and John Norwood Allen (Ilene); four grandchildren, Claude W. “Bill” Allen IV (Stephanie), Sara Allen (Phil), Nicky Parrish (Dan) and Kelly Allen; four great-grandchildren, C.W. Allen V, Evelyn Parrish, Jack Allen and Ruby Parrish and one sister, Ruth Jeanne Allen Moss. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Smith Allen.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brassfield Baptist Church, 2072 Hwy 96, Creedmoor, NC 27522.


  • ernie averett Posted July 29, 2022 3:12 pm

    A fine man in every way. ………..the consummate southern gentleman. This ole world could use more men like Judge Allen.

  • Robert Rivers Posted July 29, 2022 3:15 pm

    What a good man always treated people with respect. Condolences to the family

  • Wanda Whitmore Posted July 29, 2022 4:35 pm

    Judge Allen was an outstanding man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Donna Young Posted July 29, 2022 5:32 pm

    The world was a better place because of Judge Allen. He was always so kind, so friendly, always willing to stop & talk & had the best hugs of anyone. He will be missed by so many.

  • catherine constantinou Posted July 29, 2022 7:39 pm

    I so enjoyed Judge Allen in Durham County. I’m sorry for his passing. May his memory be eternal.

  • Marcia Morey Posted July 29, 2022 7:50 pm

    Judge Allen was one of the finest. He was indispensable with all his work and extra help in Durham’s district courts. My condolences to his wonderful family and friends. He will be missed.

  • Denise Foltz Posted July 29, 2022 7:54 pm

    I had the pleasure of being his clerk during his years hearing domestic violence cases. He was kind, compassionate and fair. He loved his wife and family. I remember him telling me at her funeral I bought all her favorite flowers and how he wanted her hands covered because she didn’t want them seen. He was thoughtful til the end. I hope all his wishes were granted. I know God has a special seat for him. You will be missed

  • Andrea Reimann Posted July 29, 2022 8:53 pm

    Judge Allen was an absolutely wonderful man. He was a kind and caring man. I used to love hearing stories of his life and how much he cherished his wife. There will never be another man like him, and my thoughts are with the friends and family at this time of loss.

  • Amanda Maris Posted July 30, 2022 12:00 am

    I am so saddened by this news. Judge Allen was a judge in domestic violence court when I was a young lawyer, and it was always a pleasure to come before him and just run into him in the halls. He was always kind and fair and had a wry sense of humor everyone appreciated. The world’s loss is heaven’s gain. I will continue to remember him when I preside as a District Court Judge in domestic violence court in Durham, as I do now. Rest In Peace, Judge Allen.

  • Bill Thomas Posted July 30, 2022 12:05 am

    I had the pleasure of trying many cases before Judge Allen. He was a knowledgeable and fair judge and was highly respected by everyone in the legal community. He was also a great man and mentor to so many of us. He will truly be missed.

  • Thomas and Tiffanie Boone Posted July 30, 2022 2:20 am

    Judge Allen was always wonderful to my entire family. He taught me many things through the years. I am a nurse and he always respected my opinion, as I would always make sure to call him as soon as we received flu vaccine and more recently, COVID19 vaccine. His smile and positive outlook will be missed. Prayers

  • Mary Colenda Caudle Posted July 30, 2022 1:52 pm

    What an amazing man! Judge Allen trusted in ME when I was very young and searching for a career change and hired me as one of the first Community Service Coordinators in the State.. He set me on a path that led to such a rewarding career. Judge Allen exemplified excellence, integrity, fairness, kindness, and yes, a perfect picture of authority. The lives that he changed along the way, the families he helped, we’ll never be able to count, but as he entered the gates I guarantee his welcome was “well done, my good and faithful servant “. He will be missed. Prayers and condolences to the family from Teddie and myself.

  • jay godfrey Posted July 30, 2022 2:34 pm

    To the family, I am saddened by the grief that you are feeling.
    Knowing of God’s embracing love for you, continue to look to him when ” He will wipe all tears from our eyes, death, pain and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21:3,4
    He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
    How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.

  • Ossie Smith Posted July 30, 2022 2:46 pm

    The world is better because ofJjuge Allen , he was a great American.

  • Vermadine Jiggetts Clark Posted July 30, 2022 5:00 pm

    I offer my deepest condolences to The Allen Family and extended family members. Judge Allen was a fine man and a gentleman. May ✝️GOD grant him eternal rest, peace, & joy. My prayers are for each of you. Sent with heartfelt compassion & love. ~Vermadine Jiggetts Clark

  • Kenny and Tempie Forbes Posted July 31, 2022 4:37 am

    To the entire family:
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr.Allen. He was a very good and genuine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Kenny and Tempie Forbes
    We would also like to say that we deeply appreciate his loyalty to Morton and Sherman Imp. Co. He was a great customer and a great friend.

  • Francine Hart Posted July 31, 2022 1:27 pm

    Sending my sincere condolences to the Allen family. Another soldier gone home. Judge Allen will be missed. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten.

  • Judge David LaBarre(Retired) Posted July 31, 2022 4:57 pm

    I had the pleasure of being a fellow District Court Judge with Judge Allen, and in particular share presiding duties for 8 years Domestic Violence Court in my home Durham County. He and I made some strides in trying to protect domestic violence victims . He was well respected aa a Judge and Southern Gentlemen.

  • Frances Swanson Posted July 31, 2022 9:54 pm

    I remember his parents from when I was a child and visited my grandmother Estelle Bragg. I also recall my mother Estoy Bragg Hayes appeared in his court to evict tenants raising Vietnamese pigs inside my grandmother’s home.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Katherine Jones Posted July 31, 2022 11:15 pm

    Such a great person! I always loved how he took care of and loved Billie! He will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

  • Ruth Roberts Posted August 1, 2022 3:00 pm

    I’ve been in the court system for 44 years. Judge Allen was there when I began and he was the judge that taught me (as a courtroom clerk) how to handle jury trials. He was a very humble man that loved his family, his tractor, his garden and his fellow man. Later, I worked for the judges office and had the opportunity to assist him in his later years. One of my favorite memories is of him coming to court driving his son’s black Trans Am with the Eagle on the hood. You could hear him coming before he ever got there :). What a fine southern gentleman! I will miss him terribly. My fervent prayers for his family and his court family (of which there were many), and all those who loved him. Earth’s loss is surely Heaven’s gain.

  • Suzanne Hansen Posted August 5, 2022 4:51 pm

    Judge Allen was the very first judge I ever worked with way back when I began my career for the Judicial Branch as a clerk. He was kind, patient, and so very entertaining. His stories are almost as legendary as he, and I simply believe he was as close to perfect as it gets. He was my all-time favorite judge to work with (as a clerk and administrator) and I will miss him greatly.

  • Carolyn Burt Posted August 5, 2022 5:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Mr. Allen was a good man, heaven has a wonderful angel 😇😇😇 am sending my deepest condolences, to the family, he was a joy to work with thank you all so much.

  • Gayla Strickland Posted August 12, 2022 7:53 pm

    Judge Allen was a fine man and fair judge. He was a pleasure to know. I know his family and all his friends with miss him.

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