Graveside Services for Zoe Allred, 101, are scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at South Park Cemetery, with memorial services to follow at 11:30 a.m., at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Pastor Matt Brooks of First Baptist Church will officiate.
Zoe passed away Jan. 27, 2011. She was born Zonell Weatherby in Hillsboro, Texas, on Sept. 24, 1909, to Gethron and Maude Weatherby. Her father owned and operated a farm in the beautiful hill country south of Dallas and her paternal grandfather was the first sherif f of Hill County, Texas. She grew up in Hillsboro and often rode to school with her older brother on his pony.
She graduated from Hillsboro High School, attended one year at Hillsboro Junior College and then went on to attend Baylor University. She shared many recollections of her growing up in Hillsboro with her family, one of the most memorable being the day a young pilot named Charles Lindberg landed his airplane in the vacant field across from her parentsâ€™ home.
In 1929, Zoe married her lifetime sweetheart, H.F. (Hank) Allred, whom she met when they both attended junior college. They moved to South Carolina where he was attending Furman University on a football scholarship.
Upon his graduation, they returned to Texas to begin his career as a football coach, teacher, and later, school administrator â€” and hers as a devoted wife, mother to three children, and Sunday School teacher. Zoe was renowned as an eloquent public speaker, dedicated Sunday school teacher and church worker, storyteller and writer.
She was a longtime member of the Roswell Story League, served as that groupâ€™s president, and had several of her own writings published in the Story Leagueâ€™s national publication. She was also awarded first honorable mention in a national short story contest with her â€œMaryâ€™s Christmas.â€ Zoe always had a love of travel, and she and Hank visited all but two of the contiguous United States during their many trips. In retirement they toured England, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. Preceding Zoe to heaven are her parents, her husband, her two older brothers and a grandson.
Her survivors include her son, Don Allred, of Colorado Springs, Colo., her daughter, Pat Smith and her husband, Warren, of Chandler, Ariz., and her daughter, Zoe Ann Milner and her husband, Wayne, of Roswell. Also surviving are her five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Genesis Project, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., in Roswell, N.M., 88201. Condolences can be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.