Jean Allen McKellop, 88, of Denver, NC. passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, June 26, after an extended illness, with her family by her side. She was born in Charlotte, NC on February 14, 1932 to the late John Claudius Allen Sr. and Teula Scruggs Allen. After graduating from Harding High School, she attended Gardner Webb College.
Jean was a devoted wife, a wonderful mother and homemaker. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and all of her nieces and nephews, whom she referred to as her “own” children.
She served many years in the nursery at Enderly Park Baptist Church and then at University Hills Baptist Church. After her husband’s passing, she served as the hostess at University Hills Baptist Church cooking Wednesday night suppers and meals for many other special occasions. She also worked for Russell Allen CPA for a number of years before retiring to spend more time with her family.
“Gram” as she is affectionately known, is survived by sons Steve McKellop (Mary), Mike McKellop (Jennifer) and daughter Marsha Kent (Stephen), six grandchildren: Stephanie McKellop, James Byrum, Daniel McKellop (Erika), Lauren McKellop, Joseph Kent (Codi), Josh Kent (Kathy), great-grandchild Anne (Annie) Irvine McKellop and sister Jerrie Martin (Wiley).
Jean was predeceased by husband Joe McKellop, brothers Jack Allen and Jimmie Allen, and sister-in-law Margaret Allen.
There will be a private family graveside service. The family will host a Celebration of Life service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the organization of choice in Jean’s memory.
The Good Samaritan Funeral Home was honored to serve the McKellop Family