James W. Allen was born in Ash Grove on October 6, 1919, to George and Fannie (Herron) Allen. James was living with his parents in Ash Grove in 1920, and living in Springfield, at 1023 Texas Avenue, in 1945. His wife’s name was Mary, and he worked as an auto mechanic. On November 1, 1945, James was shot in the chest and killed at his home (Russell 2012).
Grave Marker: James Allen's specific place of burial within the Berry Cemetery is unknown and there is no individual headstone for James. However, James is memorialized by the inscription of his name (shown below) on the new monument for individuals interred in unmarked graves in the Berry Cemetery.