History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Treat others as you would like to be treated has always been the goal of Allen & Allen Funeral Home. To us those are not just words, but a way of conducting ourselves. By treating others, as we would like to be treated, we must constantly be on guard to convey compassion and feeling into our services.

In 1984, Rudolph and Darrell Allen purchased Dekle Funeral Chapel from Olen Dekle. This firm has been in existence since 1947 and Rudolph Allen had been a part of this funeral home since its beginning. In 1987, we were able to purchase Kirkland Croy Hughes Funeral Home from Irvin Croy. This firm has been operating since 1958. The two facilities were operated separately until 1992. After renovation of the Kirkland Croy Hughes location, we merged the two facilities into our current facility.

Through the years, we have offered a full range of monument services. We have all types of monuments, bronze markers, colored stone, mausoleums, and stone cleaning. Computer drawings are now available, so that you may see what the stone will look like before it is processed.

With the purchase of Sunset Memorial Gardens in 1999, we added a cemetery to further complete our offerings. Sunset Memorial Gardens is a perpetual care cemetery. We have sections for below ground markers, upright markers, columbarium, and cremation gardens. To honor our veterans we have special section just for veterans and their spouses.

In order to meet the growing request for cremations, in the summer of 2001 we constructed a crematory. This is the only crematory within a 50-mile radius of Thomasville. We can now assure our cremation families that their wishes are being carried out as requested.

Our Valued Staff

  • Darrell  Allen

    Darrell Allen

    Darrell Allen is a lifelong resident of Thomas County and a graduate of Thomasville High School and Gupton Jones School of Funeral Service. Darrell is a member and past director of the Thomasville Kiwanis Club and is a Past President of the Thomasville Touchdown Club. He and his wife, Leslie, have 1 child and are members of First Baptist Church in Thomasville, where he serves as a deacon. Very involved in community service, Darrell has served on the Thomasville City School Board. He enjoys golf, walking and is currently the play by play voice of the Thomasville High School Bulldog football team on WPAX radio.

  • Jimmy  Dukes

    Jimmy Dukes

    Jimmy Dukes is a lifelong resident of Thomas County and a 1986 graduate of Thomas County Central High School and a 1989 graduate of Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service. Jimmy is a member of the Thomasville Exchange Club where he has served as President as well as on the Board of Directors. He and his family attends First Baptist Church. He is married to Sheila Dukes and they have one daughter Emily who is a student at Valdosta State University. Away from work Jimmy enjoys grilling, playing golf, fishing and being with his family.

  • David  Plymale

    David Plymale

    David Plymale is a lifelong resident of Thomas County and a graduate of Thomas County Central High School and Gupton Jones School of Funeral Service. He became licensed in funeral service in 2003. David and his wife Valerie are members of Dawson Street Baptist Church . David also has a daughter Aubree, who attends ABAC and a son Parker who attends Thomas County Central High School.

  • David  Logue

    David Logue
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    David is a graduate of Harris County High School and moved to Thomasville in 2010. He is the grandson of Rudolph and Mary Allen. He is currently obtaining his Funeral Service degree through Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Ga. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, camping, and watching NASCAR and football.

  • Machelle  Luke

    Machelle Luke

    Machelle Luke is a lifelong resident of Thomas County and a graduate of Thomas County Central High School. She had been employed with Allen & Allen Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens since 1999 as a family service coordinator. She is married to Danny Luke and they have 1 child. She is a member of New Growth Baptist Church, where she serves as church treasurer.

  • Taylor Mitchell

    Taylor Mitchell
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    Taylor is a graduate of Thomas County Central High School where she was very involved in the Broadcasting Department. She is a graduate of Southwest Georgia Technical College and is currently furthering her education at Thomas University where she is in charge of filming and producing highlight films for the sports teams.

  • Travis  Fletcher

    Travis Fletcher

    Travis Fletcher is a resident of Chula, GA. He has been with Allen & Allen Funeral Home since 2009. He and his wife, Sandy have 2 children and are member of First Baptist Church of Chula. Travis is manager of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Thomasville Monument Co. He over 15 years of experience in cemetery and monument operations.

  • Matt  Allen

    Matt Allen
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    Matt is the son of Darrell and Leslie Allen and is a member of First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of the Scholars Academy where he played baseball and was very active in school activities. He is currently attending Valdosta State University. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and watching sports.

  • Leslie  Allen

    Leslie Allen
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    Leslie is a member of First Baptist Church and enjoys playing tennis. She is married to Darrell and they have one son Matt.

  • Diane Palmer Griffin

    Diane Palmer Griffin
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    Diane is a life-long resident of Thomasville and graduated from Thomasville High School. She is a member of Dawson Street Baptist Church and has two children and one grandson. She is married to Steve Griffin.