HENDERSON — Mr. William T. (Bootie) Allen, 80, passed away Jan. 4, 2022. Bootie was born June 9, 1941, in Franklinton, North Carolina, to the late Tom and Hazel McGhee Allen. His final days were spent surrounded by the family and friends he loved so much.
After attending Franklinton High School, Bootie’s career in the trucking business spanned over six decades. In 1958, he began hauling pickles for Perfect Packed Products Co., and in 1960 he became one of the first truck drivers for Roses Stores, both Henderson, North Carolina, companies. In 1975, Bootie, known to many as “Shotgun Willie,” branched out with his own business, William T. Allen Trucking. William T. Allen Trucking successfully operated for 46 years until Bootie’s retirement in November 2021.
Bootie’s life revolved around his love for trucking, travel and good times shared with friends. He loved music, dancing and entertaining. With his larger-than-life personality and sly grin, he won the hearts of those around him. He was one of a kind and will certainly be missed by all.
Bootie is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Penny Horton and Missy Champion (Brian); stepchildren, Raymond Allen (Angela) and Pooh Allen (Leann); grandchildren, Lindsey, Makayla, Jayme, Ryan, Ashton, Morgan and Kendall; and three great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Theresa Allen Woodlief; his aunt, Elaine Smith; as well as nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Graham Allen; siblings, David Lee Allen and Carolyn Allen Franklin; and the mother of his daughters, Susan Nelms Allen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Lancaster’s Louisburg Chapel, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will then receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the home of Carolyn Allen in Henderson, North Carolina.
Arrangements are under the care of Lancaster Cremation & Funeral Services. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.lancasterfcs.com.