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In Memory of

Thelma Lucille Broaddus Allan

August 3, 1921 - August 6, 2017

Obituary


Thelma Lucille Broaddus Allan "Bammaw" went to live with her Lord Jesus surrounded by loved ones on August 06, 2017 at her ranch near Tarpley, Texas. Born in Caldwell, Texas on June 03, 1921, to John Crunk Broaddus and Mary Lucille Mclver, with early Texas ancestry rooted in Virginia and North Carolina as well as Czechoslovakia, she enjoyed happy childhood as a favored granddaughter of Henry Lee Broaddus and Vlasta (Lester) Marie Kluken and John Fenlon Mclver and Lila Cromartie. All lived nearby and covered Thelma with love and security during the Depression years. She...

Thelma Lucille Broaddus Allan "Bammaw" went to live with her Lord Jesus surrounded by loved ones on August 06, 2017 at her ranch near Tarpley, Texas. Born in Caldwell, Texas on June 03, 1921, to John Crunk Broaddus and Mary Lucille Mclver, with early Texas ancestry rooted in Virginia and North Carolina as well as Czechoslovakia, she enjoyed happy childhood as a favored granddaughter of Henry Lee Broaddus and Vlasta (Lester) Marie Kluken and John Fenlon Mclver and Lila Cromartie. All lived nearby and covered Thelma with love and security during the Depression years. She was baptized in and faithfully attended First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell where Scripture and song fed her deep Christian faith. Being a popular football sweetheart, she had lifelong school chums whom she hosted at many festive class reunions on her ranch.

A life of love, excitement and adventure came to town with a tall road-hand named Bill Allan from Blanco, Texas. The first glimpse of his "Babe" sparked a love affair of 61 years. They wed at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio on November 17, 1939 with a $10 wedding ring purchased at Kress Department Store. Then came years of living the gypsy life of construction crews, moving about every six months. In the midst of World War II with three children under age 5, 23 year old Thelma gathered up her kids, her mother and mother-in-law, Jessie Cage Allan, and drove over thousands of miles across hot deserts in a borrowed Chevy to join her sailor Bill stationed in San Diego. In the postwar boom, the family moved to San Antonio where with hard work and faith they built a family corporation, Allan Construction Company. She provided wise counsel as a board member for more than 30 years. Thelma built and resided for 50 years in the family's first home, tending it with energy and devotion. She had a passion for cooking and her chicken-n-dumpings are legendry. A fulltime mother, always at home for her own and other children, she was an example of servanthood to all who knew her, her home always open to family and friends who needed a San Antonio stop or a welcoming refuge.

Thelma and Bill were proud of their friendship with Bill's childhood buddy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and were honored guests at the White House where they attended two state dinners and slept in the famous Lincoln Bedroom.

In 1970, Thelma found and purchased a ranch on the banks of Hondo Creek at Tarpley. The small town girl relished the rural life. A crack shot, she boasted of many buck notches on the stock of her deer rifle. Indian Springs Ranch produced fine quarter horses which the Allan's followed on the racing circuit. When tragedy struck as a small grandson died in a jeep accident on the ranch, Thelma led her family through the grief with unshakable strength and faith. Her deepest wish was to stay on the ranch through her later years- a wish made possible by her care of the granddaughter Pamela, husband Tony and grandson, Todd, who as a child named her "Bammaw".

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, William Nelson Allan Jr., brothers, John Crunk Broaddus Jr., ad Dr. Luther Lee Broaddus; son William Nelson Allan III; daughter, Velma Lucille Allan Lowe (Clifford); and grandson Allan Swift Cherry. She is survived by her daughter Jessie Marie Allan Killian (John); grandchildren, Pamela Lucille Cherry Stines (Victor); Todd Allan Becker; Henry Allan Cherry (Deborah), Clifford Ault Lowe Jr. (Andrea), and William Nelson Allan IV (Tera); great grandchildren, Kyla Marie Kowalski, Jessie Claire Kowalski, Marissa Nicole Becker Henry Collins Cherry, Cody Matthew Cherry, Clifford Ault Lowe III, William Nelson Allan V, Bode Thomas Allan and Luke David Allan; daughter-in-law, Janelle Allan; and cousin, Suzanne Broaddus.

Visitation will be 2 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017 with the Funeral Service to follow at 3 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com. Pallbearers will be Todd Allan Becker, Henry Allan Cherry, William Nelson Allan IV, Clifford Ault Lowe III and Victor Anthony Stines. Honorary Pallbearers will be R. Mikael Yates, Jesse Huntley Turner, Henry Swift Cherry, Clifford Ault Lowe Jr. and Mike Learned.

The family gives thanks to Jennie Harris, Mary Segrest, and Charlotte & Mike Learned for their devote care.

Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Buck St., Caldwell, Texas 77836 or the River City Hospice, San Antonio, TX.