HOUSTON, Texas — Allen Carranza Lee, 78, of Houston, Texas, and formerly of Leland, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021. A graveside service with military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville, under the direction of Boone Funeral Home in Leland.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on Aug. 10, 1942, to Ray and Louise (Rose) Lee. Allen proudly joined the military in 1960, serving the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. During his service, he received three commendation medals and rose to the ranks of Petty Officer First Class. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1970, Allen enjoyed various careers, including an area salesman for MAC Tools, a poultry farmer for Tyson Foods and a small business owner of a foreign car automotive shop and HVAC services. Allen was truly a jack of all trades. He retired from Kilgore Independent School System in Texas as a maintenance technician and in retirement enjoyed adventures with his children.
Allen is survived by three children, Ellen-Elizabeth Lee (Theresa Bosanek), of Houston, TX, Franklin Lee (Sarah Hulliger), of New Orleans, LA, and Owen Lee (Kimberly Collvins), of Houston, TX; a stepson, Mark McGuffee (Kathy), of Watersound, FL; five grandchildren, Natalie Potter, Jenna Lee, Caroline Bosanek, Benjamin Bosanek and William Bosanek; and sisters, Sheila Lee, of Florence, Beulah Nelson, of Pearl, and Rebecca Sutton, of Brandon.
Allen was especially grateful to his sister, Sheila, for a lifetime of care and support. The family would also like to acknowledge Gretchen Osborn, who was the dearest friend to Allen and the family for many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, vva.org/donate.