Thomas "Tommy" Allen received his early education in the City of Harrisburg Pennsylvania public school system. He graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. Tommy continued his education at Lock Haven University, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He later received his Master of Arts and Science Degree in Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975.
Growing up in Harrisburg, Tommy quickly gravitated towards sports. He was an outstanding basketball player at the Harrisburg Boy's Club and played Teen League Baseball. Tommy started his football career at Edison Junior High in Harrisburg. He lettered varsity all three years in football at John Harris High School. He was selected to play for Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 football Team in 1969. Tommy continued to star in football at Lock Haven University where he was recognized as one of the best running backs and wide receivers in the Pennsylvania State Collegiate Athletic Conference. Thhomas also excelled at Track in high school and college. He ran a record-breaking time of 48.7 in the 440-yard dash in high school and bested that mark in college.
After graduating, Tommy moved back to his hometown teaching for the Harrisburg School District. While teaching, he met a fellow teacher and fell in love. He married the love of his life, the late Frances Katrina Pinckney on July 5, 1980, in Georgetown, South Carolina. He was a loving and committed husband and friend. Tommy and Fran enjoyed life, traveling and seeing new places, the arts including music and theatre. They loved entertaining friends and family. They enjoyed running and training together for different runs in the city. God happily blessed them in their union of 39 years with two children, Kyle and Katrina. Thom was a doting father who loved his children and family above everything. He stayed devoted and remained the backbone of his family when sickness arose, and Frances fought a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tommy faithfully fought with Frances, step by step and dedicated 18 years in nurturing and loving her unconditionally until the Lord called her home.
In his professional career Tommy worked for I BM as a Marketing Representative. He worked for Ortho Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson as a sales representative. Tommy was an outstanding sales representative. As a result of his success, he was promoted to District Manager and Regional Sales Manager for Ortho. He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch Investment Company. He was then inspired to open his own financial branch as a Branch Manager for Raymond James Financial Services, INC. Later in his professional career after settling in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005, he returned to teaching. Tommy taught middle school Mathematics and Science where he was respected as a great teacher and leader. He was recognized for the growth that his students demonstrated year after year. He was awarded "Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award" in 2012 for his achievements. In 2016, he retired from the Nashville Metro Public Schools System.
Above all, Tommy loved the Lord with all his heart and was a strong man of faith. Thom transitioned into eternal life on July 10, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Linwood Allen Jr. and William "Billy" Allen; and grandchild, Tyrel Pall~l. Cherished memories are left behind by his children, Kerry Allen Auter of Harrisburg, PA, Kyle Thomas Allen and Katrina Morgan Allen of Nashville, TN; two sisters, Anita Thompson of Columbus, OH and Patricia Allen Williams of Harrisburg, PA; two brothers, Linwood Carter of Harrisburg, PA and Darryl Allen (Stephonia) of Nashville, TN; seven grandchildren, Alyssa Lucas, Atlanta, GA, Jada Sloan, Steelton, PA, Khalil Rankin, Harrisburg, PA, Laquan Holton, District Heights, MO, Shanice Williams, District Heights, MD, Tyler Palm, Portsmouth, VA, and Kayden Allen, Nashville, TN; 3 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, relatives and friends.
Sincere thanks to the contingent of JHHS classmates who journeyed to Nashville to pay respects to a belowved classmate.
Kenny worked in the mental health field as a counselor for many years – always striving to help someone break the cycle of addiction and depression. He received many accolades from the community and even his clients.
To his family, Kenny was our “Cool Dr. Phil” , always laid back yet telling us what we needed to hear. He was funny, knowledgeable, kind and a person who absolutely loved learning new things. He loved to travel; he was the ultimate connoisseur of wine. He loved to read all types of books, especially history and politics. He was a jazz enthusiast and he could certainly sing. (He was an original member of the “Simplifics” along with Scotty Watson, Michael Hester, Jimmy Dale, and Ed Hinton).
Kenny never said no to a challenge, whether it be learning a new musical instrument, a different language, or learning an exotic culinary “treat.” Kenny loved his family and looked forward to family gatherings always bringing his famous carrot cake. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, especially Norman Wilson. He loved seeing his old high school and college friends too. He was the ultimate friendly guy.
On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Kenny unexpectedly transitioned into eternal life in the Harrisburg Hospital. Kenny had been ill for many years, but NEVER complained. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He pushed through until God said, “No more my son, come with me.”
Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth “Sonny” Duffin, his sisters, Babara Plater, Nadine Duffin, Monica Ross and his brother, Kenneth Scott. Kenny leaves to celebrate his life, his mother, Constance B. Plater, his daughter, Nariah Broadus (Chris); his sisters, Joyce McKay (Richard), Nicole Robinson (North Carolina), Wanda Holmes (New Jersey), Verna Archie (James) and Toni Green (Harrisburg). His brothers, Gilbert Duffin (Faye), Leonard Robinson, Napoleon Holmes and Darryl Moore and his devoted ex-wife and friend, Gayle Bordlemay, best friends, Ken Hoch, Darrell Brown and Norman Wilson, along with his nieces and nephews, cousins and friends from near and afar. A special acknowledgement to his niece, Toyia E. Plater-Baltimore who was ALWAYS there for him even before he asked.
A devoted father, he is survived by one son Steven C. Ebling of Enola PA and one daughter Lindsey M. Ebling of Knightdale, North Carolina; both of whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is one brother William J. “Skip” Ebling II of Riverside PA and two sisters; Ann L. Neubaum Hummelstown PA and Susan L. Lippert and her husband Mervin of Halifax PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tarina Fields Price and he leaves to celebrate his life, his wife of 42 years, Karin (Pierce) Fields; his daughters, Tara Fields of Clairton, Sundra Holly of Harrisburg and Sarah Fields of Chambersburg; his sons, Charles R. Fields, Jr. of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Salaman "Sy" and Larry McCraw, both of Harrisburg, Naji and Jeremiah Selvey, both of Chambersburg; his bother, Marvin A. Palmer; his sisters, Charlotte Mitchell, Helen and Tonja Jackson, all of Harrisburg and Crystal Fields of North Carolina; his 30 grandchildren; his ten great- grands and a host of other relatives and friends.
Alan R. "Rusty" Ford, age 56, of South 18th St., passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at Shepherd's Choice Nursing Home in Gettysburg. He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Floyd and Rebecca Porter Ford, was a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School and a former employee of the City of Harrisburg. "Rusty" leaves to celebrate his life, his daughter, Stacey Harris of Woodbridge, VA; his sons, Henry Bradley, Alan Proctor, Ushaumed, Khalil and Nieem Franklin; his sisters, Roxanne Walden and Kathy Ford-Waters; his brothers, Floyd Q. and Douglas Ford, all of Harrisburg; his nine grandchildren and one great grand and a host of other relatives and friends.
His life will be celebrated Wednesday, October 18th, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Harris A.M.E. Zion Church, 915 N. 17th St., with visitation from 10:30 until 11 a.m. and burial in William Howard Day Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton.
Remembrances of Larry Hoey
Orin “Big O” Franklin Long, age 70, of Mechanicsburg, was freed from his long battle with cancer, with his wife by his side, on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Orin was born on Wednesday, May 3, 1950, in Sunbury, PA to the late Millard Wilson Long and June Dorothy (Snyder) Long. Orin’s survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jean Louise (Christine) Long; his two children: Josh Long of Mechanicsburg, Brianne Gregory and husband James of Mechanicsburg; his granddaughter, Teagan Gregory of Mechanicsburg; and his sister, Doris Durf and husband Terry of Mechanicsburg.
Orin began working at the Dairy Queen in Steelton at age 16. Thirty-one years later, he became the owner and operator of the same establishment for the next 19 years. Orin was proud of his 50 years of service at the restaurant, and the people there loved him. He was a people person who liked to talk to everyone he met. Orin enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a Johnny Cash fan and his favorite Johnny Cash song was “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Orin delighted in all things Disney and trips to Disney World. He was a movie enthusiast and liked genres from horror to comedy to action. Orin and his sister shared movie time together. Orin cherished time spent with his granddaughter Teagan. His family will treasure memories of Orin in their hearts.
A Daughter's Eulogy
Raymond E. Pendelton, Sr., 52 of Foster Street, passed away Wednesday at home. He was a graduate of John Harris High School; was a member of New Hope Living Baptist Church, Steelton and was employed by Francis For Fords.