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

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 Owner & Funeral Director/Embalmer

    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.

  • Matt  Allen

    Matt Allen Family Services

    Matt Allen is the son of Darrell and Leslie Allen, and the grandson of Rudolph Allen. Matt played baseball for Thomasville Highschool. He graduated from Valdosta State University in the spring of 2018, where he earned a bachelors degree in Political Science and minor(s) in Business Law, Marketing, and Philosophy. He is a member of The Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he served as Vice President for 3 years at the Lambda Mu Chapter. He also served on the Judicial Board for IFC for 2 years, and he was a member of The Model United Nations. Matt also spent time in Washington DC working for Senator David Perdue at the United States Capitol. He currently sits on the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) board in Thomasville.

  • Jimmy  Dukes

    Jimmy Dukes General Manager & Funeral Director/Embalmer

    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  Logue

    David Logue Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

    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. His is married to Erin Hall Logue and they are the parents to their daughter Mallory. They are active members of Thomasville First United Methodist Church. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, camping, and watching NASCAR and football.

  • Machelle  Luke

    Machelle Luke Family service

    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 are the parents of their son Daniel. She is a member of New Growth Baptist Church, where she serves as church treasurer.

  • Travis  Fletcher

    Travis Fletcher Cemetery and Monument

    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 has over 15 years of experience in cemetery and monument operations.

  • Mary Beth Wise

    Mary Beth Wise Family Services

    Mary Beth recently graduated from Thomas County Central High School in 2019. She was an active member of the TCCHS Band and Dazzlers, where she was captain. She is now attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to receive her Education degree.

  • Thomas Long

    Thomas Long Funeral Director Assistant

    Thomas graduated from Thomas County Central High School in 2019. He plans on attending Southern Regional Technical College and later transfer to Valdosta State University to become a Veterinarian.

  • Gabby Melnick

    Gabby Melnick Family Services

    Gabby is a senior at Thomas County Central High School. She will participate in the Work-Based Learning program at her school during the 2019-2020 school year. She also is a part of the National Honors Society and works in the nursery at Thomasville First United Methodist Church. After graduation, she will attend a university and plans on becoming a physician's assistant.

  • David  Plymale

    David Plymale Funeral Director/Embalmer

    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 Southern Regional Technical School and a son Parker who attends Thomas County Central High School.

  • Leslie  Allen

    Leslie Allen Family Services

    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 Family Services

    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 three grandchildren. She is married to Steve Griffin.