Allene Jacobs Gilmore
Frances Allene Jacobs Gilmore went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 1:38 p.m. in Conroe, Texas after a short battle with pneumonia. As the perfect "Southern Lady", she made us promise never to publish her age, so we will honor her wishes and let you guess. She was born on June 24, 1918 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to T.L. and Alice Jacobs, affectionately known by so many as Choo Choo Daddy and Choo Choo Momma. Allene graduated from Hattiesburg High School in May 1936, and a month later married Humphry Grady Gilmore on June 27. A couple of years later they had a beautiful daughter named Linda Lou. They lived in Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi and in Chicago, IL for a brief period after Grady returned from WWII.
Allene worked for many years in a dental office as an office manager in Jackson, MS. She was an accomplished violinist and loved to play in nursing homes and at church with her friends. She was an amazing Southern cook, known especially for her Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pie, and Tomato Gravy and Biscuits! She and Grady suffered an unimaginable loss when their only daughter, Linda, at age 34, lost her battle with cancer, leaving two precious granddaughters and a grieving husband behind. This trial only proved to strengthen Allene, as she poured herself into helping others. She was a true caretaker, and she indeed set the bar high as she cared for anyone who needed her, family or not. She served as Church Hostess for over 35 years at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. When she moved to Texas to be near her sister, she, well into her 90s and with physical disabilities, continued to work with her niece on the kitchen committee at GracePoint Baptist Fellowship in Magnolia, Texas . The daily limitations she experienced being legally blind and deaf never slowed her down. The old saying, "You just can't keep a good woman down" was her life's testimony. But the true strength behind her life was her love of, and faith in, her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by her father, Tennie Leroy Jacobs Sr. and mother, Mary Alice Sullivan Jacobs, husband, Humphry Grady Gilmore and Daughter, Linda Lou Gilmore Overton, sister Maxine Jacobs Andrews, and brothers, Tennie Leroy Jacobs Jr. and William Jacobs Sr. What a reunion they are having today as we celebrate her life here on earth!
She leaves behind a loving sister, Christine Jacobs Kellogg, two beautiful grand-daughters Tara Overton Lazenby (husband, Phil) and Gency Overton Gilmore, along with two precious great grandchildren, Hunter Slater and Adrienne Slater. She has many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, friends, and caretakers who were truly devoted to her.
Visitation with family and friends will be held at Hulett Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with services following in the Chapel at 11:30. Due to the July heat, there will not be a Graveside service, but family and friends will convene at Highland Cemetery at 7:00pm that same evening. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or to GracePoint Fellowship Baptist Church Mission Fund, Magnolia, Texas, 77354.