Murray Lane Allen passed away peacefully in his sleep Oct. 15, 2009 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Reeder-Davis Chapel in Hughes Springs, Texas with John Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Springs Cemetery under direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. 

Mr. Allen was born Oct. 5, 1935 to Joe Lane and Nora Allen of Hughes Springs. 

He was a 1954 graduate of Hughes Springs High School. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated from East Texas State Teacher’s College in 1958 with a bachelor degree in music education. He earned his master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University. 

He served as band director for the Sabine, Beckville, Carthage, Mount Pleasant and Hughes Springs school districts. After teaching, he became a real estate broker in Longview, Texas. He later worked as a purchasing agent for the H.B. Zachary Company and the Texas Department of Corrections. 

Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Mary Ann. 

Mr. Allen is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law Melissa and David Baumgardner of Maude, Texas; Virginia and Javier Rincones of San Antonio, Dinah and Kenny Morgan of White Oak, Texas; four grandchildren Brett Morgan, Meredith Morgan, Anna Baumgardner and Sam Baumgardner; and one sister and brother-in-law Lola Ann and E.J. Hubacek of Big Sandy, Texas.