Chappel Blaine Allen

Chappel Blaine Allen, 81, of Cadiz passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 after a short illness at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY. The son of Robert H. Allen and Ruth M. Allen, Chappel Allen was born in Cadiz on January 2, 1935 as the youngest of seven siblings.  Allen joined the United States Army after high school. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and made 21 parachute jumps throughout his military career.  A well-known leader in the community, Allen began Cadiz Machine and Tool in 1971, which later became what is now known as Kentucky Machine and Engineering. Starting with just six employees, Allen built Kentucky Machine to house up to 75 employees and is now celebrating its 45th anniversary in the Cadiz-Trigg County area. Allen also had a passion for farming, as he farmed over 720 acres at Allen Farms in Roaring Springs, Ky., for 25 years.  Allen’s mark on the Cadiz community will forever be felt, as his lasting impact on the youth and economic development of Trigg County are evident in his vast involvements. Allen served terms as the Cadiz Chamber of Commerce president, president of the Cadiz Rotary Club and president of the Cadiz Civitan Club, along with serving on the Trigg County School Board, the Trigg County Hospital Board and was the current chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bank of Cadiz. Allen received the Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 2012, was named Citizen of the Year in 2006 and received the Century Award in 1989, while also receiving the 2013 Industrial Award from the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. In 1986 Allen was given the Kentuckian Award from former Governor Martha Layne Collins, and was also named a Kentucky Colonel in 2004.  Those that knew Chappel Allen knew of his love for helping the youth of Cadiz succeed. It was evident in his involvement, as Allen was an avid supporter of all sports in the Cadiz-Trigg County area. From sponsoring Little League teams, to supporting all middle school and high school athletic programs, his support earned him a spot in the 2012 Trigg County High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.   “What an honor it is to be here tonight and to be honored this way,” Allen said after being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. “It makes it a bigger honor to be in the second class ever with this number of athletes that have contributed so much to Trigg County.”   Allen and Kentucky Machine and Engineering sponsored numerous athletic events at Trigg County High School over the years, most notably annual football bowl games and an annual holiday basketball tournament.  A former athletic standout himself at Trigg County, Allen starred for the Trigg County basketball team in the 1950’s, and also started on the offensive and defensive line for the Wildcat football team. His football success earned him a spot in the Trigg County Football Hall of Fame in 1998.  Allen was one of the original founders of the Post 68 American Legion baseball team, which compiled baseball players from throughout the Western Kentucky area. An avid supporter of Murray State Athletics, Allen earned the 1990 President’s Award from Murray State, while holding season tickets for basketball and football each year. Chappel Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. Allen and Ruth M. Allen, along with his brothers Cecil Allen, Dewey Allen and Raymond Allen, as well as his sister Myra D. Waits.   Allen is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Karen L. Allen, sisters Nell Tyler and Myrtlene Hooks of Cadiz, children Greg Allen and wife Sabina of Cadiz, Kerry Sweno and husband Eric of Cadiz, Steve Allen and wife Kim of Bowling Green, Jill Jackonski and husband Leon of Cadiz, grandchildren Anna (Cloys) Fears, Matthew Allen, Kyle (Suzanne) Allen, Brooke Allen, Ethan Sweno, Nick Allen, Alex Jacksonski, Hunter Allen, Trent Bugg, Grant Jackonski, Emily Sweno, Brody Allen, and great-grandchildren Trevor Hoy, Maddie Fears and Carter Allen.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St. in Cadiz, KY.  The family will receive friends after 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Cadiz Baptist Church, 82 Main St., Cadiz, KY.  The Funeral Service will be at the Cadiz Baptist Church at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 28, 2016 with the Reverend Kyle Noffsinger & Reverend Jason Strickland officiating & Mike Wright  providing the eulogy.  An additional visitation will take place on Sunday, beginning at 1:00 PM & last until the funeral time of 2:00 PM at the Cadiz Baptist Church.  The burial will follow the funeral service at East End Cemetery in Cadiz, KY.  Memorial Contributions can be made to:  Chappel B. Allen Memorial Scholarship, c/o-Bank Of Cadiz, PO Box 2020, Cadiz, KY 42211.

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Your father was a great man and he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you and your family.

Chappel was always smiling and offered his hand with a firm shake. I would always look forward to seeing him whenever we met to talk about the things we both loved, family and sports. He will never be forgotten and his presence will live on. Your friend Bob Tyrie

To the entire Allen family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. Chappel was such an inspiring leader for Trigg County in some many different areas. I remember how supportive he was when my mom was first testing the waters to run for political office. He will be missed by so many.

I met him as a child in the 1970's, and then again more recently. I went to high school with one of his sons and played baseball in a league in which he sponsored a team. Despite his success he treated people with respect and was not presumptuous. Mr. Allen truly lived the American dream.

Karen and Family - We were very sad to hear of Chappel's passing. We knew him to be a caring, kind, generous and loving man. We enjoyed visiting with him on our trips to Cadiz. He will be missed by so many. Treasure your memories. Marilyn Wittenwyler and David Asahina

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