Azil Therman “Lefty” Wallen, 86, of Ripley, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 21, 2010, at his home surrounded by family.


Azil Therman “Lefty” Wallen, 86, of Ripley, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 21, 2010, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born September 13, 1923, at Boone County, a son of the late Charles and Garnett Ellis Wallen. He was an Army Veteran of World War II where he was a survivor in the Battle of the Buldge. He worked as a coal miner before he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum where he retired. He was a well-known softball player for several years, having played in many local and state tournaments. He was a member of the Ripley Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed Gospel Music. He was a member for 35 years with the Glad Hearts Gospel Group.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Dellie Lester Wallen; sons Dennis Wallen and his wife Rose of Ripley and Dallas Wallen and his wife Carolyn of Evans; five grandsons Richard Wallen and his wife Dora of Virginia Beach, Bryan Wallen and his wife Julie of Greenville, SC, David Wallen and his wife Brooke of Evans, Matthew Wallen and his wife Karee of Virginia Beach, and Marc Azil Wallen and his wife Alicia of Ripley; brother-in-law Wilson Craddock of Hewett Creek; also survived by nine great-grandchildren and nieces Catherine Smith, Naomi Craddock, and Wilson Craddock, Jr.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Ailene Craddock and his step-father Albert Elkins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2010, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Jay Vestal and John Gunther officiating. Burial with military honors by Ripley American Legion Post 107 was in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Kanwaha Hospice, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or the Missionary Society of the Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 209 Cedar Lakes Drive, Ripley, WV 25271.