David Kent Allen
November 14, 1949 - February 23, 2023

David “Papa” Kent Allen, 73, of Ayden NC passed away peacefully with family by his side on February 23, 2023.  He moved to Carolina Beach, NC in 2020 to enjoy his life living closer to his daughters Amy & Claire. His final days were spent in the loving hands of Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Hospice, where he and his girls received incredible care. 


Kent grew up in Ayden, NC. His parents, Hannah and J.D. Allen, were beloved members of the community who valued a wholesome lifestyle centered around God, family, and loving your neighbors. As role models they instilled at an early age the importance of honesty, hard work & generosity. Dad took on these virtues and excelled in school and life at a very early age.  He made friends and kept them for a lifetime.  


Kent played as a key player in the famous Ayden Dynasty of sports in the 60’s. He was a contributor of the 1967 undefeated basketball team and starred his senior year as one of the best shooters at Ayden High School. He was in the National Honor Society for 3 years and graduated from Ayden High School as the Student Body President.  He then graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1973 from the School of Pharmacy with honors academically and socially. 


His life really began with the marriage to his high school sweetheart, Jackie Dail.  His love for her was captivating, and together they lit up the room and   

their relationship bloomed for years and years to come. They humbly started their family in Wilson NC and soon moved into the Old Dail Farmhouse in the country of Pitt county.  Life was good and Kent was driven to provide and dream big for his new family.  They had 3 girls, Amy, Dava & Claire.  He would soon build Jackie her dream home on 903 in Winterville and this is where they would make a lifetime of memories.  


After many years as a successful pharmacist, Kent & Jackie started their own marketing business and quickly rose to top honors.  Countless lives were touched by his motivation and message to work hard for your dreams.  After working all day as a pharmacist, he would come home and shower as the smell of fresh brewed coffee filled the house. Mom would kiss him goodbye for the evening as he drove sometimes hours away to “show the plan”. Kent and Jackie were very talented motivational speakers and inspired thousands of people all over America.    


Our Mom and Dad raised us in a loving home filled with positivity. He would often sing “I Feel Good” by James Brown throughout the house.  He was an incredible cook and grill master and took great pride in maintaining a beautiful yard. Dad created a sense of unwavering safety and comfort allowing us to thrive socially, athletically, and into our college days, he provided each of us with top notch college education. Once we were adults with children of our own, he, with mom by his side, would travel back and forth across the state to be near and support his daughters and grandchildren. He was an amazing Papa! 


In 2016 his wife fell sick and passed away within a few short months of her diagnosis.  We witnessed his love expand even more as he did not leave her side.  She died in August of 2016 and took part of Dad’s heart with her.  We feel comfort in our beliefs that she was there by his side during his final days and there were moments we could feel her spirit close.  We rejoice knowing they are together again.    


Kent and his girls decided soon after Mom passed it was time to make a big move and sell their childhood home of 30 plus years.  Dad moved to Carolina Beach, just 2 doors down from Amy, his oldest daughter. A common joke was he was not crazy about the ocean or sand, however he was happy with a simplified life, the island vibe, and  making many dear friends in the CB community.  


His grandchildren have many memories of their Papa. His oldest grandson, Jeb, remembers calling Papa, Papa Batman and Jeb playing Robin.  They were simple times of enjoying life with a little imagination and good humor. Grayson remembers Papa’s happy place of watching the food network… His favorite was Guy Fieri.  Ruby enjoyed watching Carolina basketball with him especially when UNC played NC State.  Lydia Sol remembers the good times in Carolina Beach.  She and Papa spent the afternoons on the weekends having their nails done followed by a nice lunch.  Nathaniel and Cole, the younger grandchildren, enjoyed gathering in Papa’s kitchen as the big silver pot stewed chicken for chicken and pastry.  The same comfort his Mother’s kitchen brought us decades ago became a staple in each of their lives.  


Since Dad’s passing we have received many messages of love and support and the common theme has been what a positive impact he had on people’s lives. From young to older generations, Dad’s sincere smile and trustworthy eyes gave a special comfort to others.  He lived his life judgment free and respected his fellow man no matter what.  Dad saw the good in others and he helped them to see the good in themselves. He believed in people, and he loved God.  He will be missed so dearly, and we will forever cherish him.  


Kent is survived by his daughters Amy (Steve) Cromartie, Dava Melton, and Claire (Johnny) Newsome. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren Lydia Cromartie, Jeb & Ruby Melton, Grayson, Nathaniel and Cole Newsome.  

He is survived by his younger brother, Brandt (Tierany) Allen. 

Kent was preceded in death by his wife Jackie Allen, his sister Jackie Sue Robinson, and his parents J.D. and Hannah Allen. 


A visitation will be held for friends and family followed by a Celebration of Life at the Ayden Christian Church on March 25th.  

Ayden Christian Church is located at 462 Second Street, Ayden NC.  

Visitation 12:30- 1:30pm and the Celebration of Life at 2:00pm.  


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of David Kent Allen to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Hospice, 144 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401 or to the Ayden Christian Church, 462 Second Street, Ayden NC 28513.


  • Kathy Worthington Neely Posted March 2, 2023 2:37 pm

    I know it gives the family peace knowing that Kent is in heaven with Jackie. He was outgoing and never met a stranger, during our high school days. I pray that God will bless you with comfort at this time. Be thankful for all of the good memories you have made with him and know that he is definitely in a better place.

  • C G & Janet Tinker Posted March 2, 2023 6:51 pm

    Many fond memories with Kent and Jackie. Showing the Plan and meetings at their home were always enjoyable. Kent will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but also by his many friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.

  • Peggy McClain Posted September 11, 2023 7:52 pm

    Kent was the most giving, incredible upline and human being imaginable. I can see him playing “beautiful golf” in heaven. All My love to the family.

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