Joel L. Allen

March 24, 1936 - April 2, 2022

Joel Lee Allen, 86, of Beaumont, died April 2, 2022 surrounded by his family.

He was born in Monticello, Arkansas, to Ollie Lack Allen and Travis Allen.  As a youth he worked on his family’s farm and in high school, he excelled in sports as well as academics.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas A&M College (now known as the University of Arkansas at Monticello) in 1960. He went on to Baylor University to earn his Master’s in Economics in 1963.

Mr. Allen was a Professor of Economics at Lamar University for 41 years from 1960 through 2001.  He was popular with his students, who signed up early to secure a seat in one of his classes. He was also active in the Lamar University Center for Economic Education, serving as its Director.

In his spare time and between semesters he earned his pilot’s license and worked as an independent adjuster in the early days of the Aviation Office of America.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling with his wife and friends.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather (JoeJoe).

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gladys Guinn Allen of Beaumont; brother Michael Stockton (Carolyn) of Marysville CA; sons, Jimi Allen of Port Arthur and Scott Howell (Katie) of Corpus Christi; and daughter Diane Shaver (Don) of Beaumont; grandchildren Scott Allen Shaver (Michael), Claire Shaver Day (Adam), Darrel Blake Shaver (Taylor), Emmitt Ray Allen, Corrie Howell Sturdivant (Matt), Travis Brownrigg Howell and Luke Thomas Howell and great grandchildren Sloane, Dylan, Rhodes, Perrin, Blythe, Beatrix, Declan, Landon and Matilda (due in June).

Joel is preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Cynthia (Candy) McCollister Aucoin Allen and granddaughter, Sheri LeDoux.

A gathering of Mr. Allen’s family and friends will begin 1:00 p.m. with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pine Street, Beaumont.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • April 9, 2022
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • April 9, 2022
  • 2:00 pm

Entombment

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (4)

    Audrey Gale Guinn Gassiot says:

    Aunt Gladys and Joel have been mentors of a loving marriage and life since the day Bill and I married 49 years ago today. Unfortunately, Bill and I are out of the country until mid-May but please know our hearts are with you. We love you Aunt Gladys, Scott, Katie, Diane and Don, Susan, David, Terri, Corrie, Matt, Laurie, Bill and all who will dearly miss Joel.

    Audrey Gale Guinn Gassiot (Bill, Brooke and Graham) says:

    Aunt Gladys and Joel have been mentors of a loving marriage and life since the day Bill and I married 49 years ago today. Unfortunately, Bill and I are out of the country until mid-May but please know our hearts are with you. We love you Aunt Gladys, Scott, Katie, Diane and Don, Susan, David, Terri, Corrie, Matt, Laurie, Bill and all who will dearly miss Joel. Big hug Aunt Gladys.

    Roger Dimick says:

    As Mr. Bridgewater has said, Professor Allen was the Best! I had four Economics classes, just to have to take “electives”.
    One great joke: “How much is two plus two plus”. Professor Allen’s answer: “How? Anything you want”!

    I have sorrows, but Joel’s always great memories.

    Sheffield Bridgwater says:

    Even though I was not a very good student, Professor Allen was the Best of Professors, he was always pleasant, approachable and never talked down to us…. I am saddened to hear of your loss. I am certain he will be missed by family and a multitude of friends.

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