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Mr Johnny AllegrezzaSHAW - Johnny Allegrezza, age 92, of Shaw, passed away on Thursday February 12, 2015 at the Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.
Visitation will be held Friday 02/13/2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the St Francis of Assisi Parrish Catholic Church in Shaw. A Rosary Service will immediately follow visitation at 7:00PM. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday 02/14/2015 at St Francis of Assisi Parrish Catholic Church in Shaw, MS. Burial will be in the Shaw Cemetery. Father Thomas Mullally will officiate the service.
Johnny was born on January 08, 1923 to Sante and Catherina (Gasparini) Allegrezza in Shaw MS. He was a life long Shaw resident and attended Shaw School before going into the Army. Johnny was a World War II Mortar Gunner D Day Veteran having served in the Combat Infantry. Receiving the Combat Mortar Infantry Badge, 1st class Gunner, two Purple Hearts, the White Oak Leaf Cluster, American Defense Medal, Amercian Service Medal, European- African- Middle Eastern Medal Service and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon returning home from the war, Johnny opened the ACE Amusement Company, he also was an accomplished delta farmer. Johnny was a member of the American legion and VFW of which he served for many years as an Auditor and had various other duties and titles. He was a member of the St. Francis Church of Assisi Parrish Catholic Church. Johnny Enjoyed spending time with his friends drinking coffee at Wild Bills, walking in Wal-Mart and playing dominos at Adolf's.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 41 years Joan Grimmett Allegrezza, brothers, Henry, Frank, Willie, twin brother Alex Allegrezza, Sisters; Sarah Love, Angie Rutledge and Susie Fava.
He is survived by wife of 22 years, Billie Jean Sherron Allegrzza of Shaw, MS. Son, Johnny Lynn Allegrezza of Houston, TX. Daughter, Brenda Allegrezza Melton of Memphis, TN. 7 grandchildren, Caroline Averitt of Gastonburg, AL, Sarah Bird of Gallatin, MO, Michael Melton of Memphis, TN, Pat S. Alford of Cleveland, MS, Marcus Sherron of Cleveland, MS, Carla Gardella of Cinncinatti, OH, Scott Sherron of Warner Robins, GA. 14 Great grandchildren, a host of great great grandchilden and numorus nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Marcus Sherron, Jimmy Alford, Scott Sherron, Gary Gardella, Mack Grimmett and Alex Allegrezza, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Sandroni, Billy Fly, Kim Showers, Ed Taylor and Sam Byrd.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Johnny Allegrezza - a member of The Greatest Generation. That in itself is tribute enough. I would sit in awe every time he related a story of his participation in WWII. He was a war hero, but you would never be able to glean that from his daily life. Quiet and unassuming. One of his Purple Hearts was courtesy of a German sniper with a bullet to the leg. He would chuckle every time he passed that seemingly small tidbit of information. It was night and Johnny lit a cigarette... he immediately extinguished it realizing his error. But too late... he thanked God that all the sniper was able to do was hit his leg. But Johnny was typical of The Greatest Generation... no big deal, because it was all in a day's work and it was his country he was protecting. To me the men during WWII were the true combat veterans and heroes. Johnny, thank you for leading the way for kids like me. There is an old adage for combat veterans when they get to the Pearly Gates... "my ticket is for Heaven - I've already been in hell." Johnny was feisty, yet laid back and he definitely served his time in hell. There was so much more to this amazing man. Condolences to his family, and may Johnny rest in peace.
Tommy Phelps - February 23, 2015 at 12:31 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I was so lucky to have know Johnny he was such a good friend when my Mom was alive & he and Billie Jean was always there for her. He would tease & say he was older than Mom which was only a day. Billie Jean I know you will miss him as everyone will. We will all miss his smile. He is surely in Heaven looking down on you Billie Jean. Your Friend AlwaysNancy & Marvin Cannon
Nancy Cannon - February 14, 2015 at 11:20 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss aunt Billie Jean. Much love sent your way Sherri norquist
sherri norquist - February 14, 2015 at 07:24 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My loving father, you will be missed, not being able to see your smile on this earth. I appreciate you passing that lovely smile to me and I am so thankful to have know you as my father. I will always keep those childhood memories in my heart. I appreciate the scripture at Isaiah 25 verse 8, where death will be swallow up forever. As for now rest in peace and I look forward to seeing you in the resurrection.Debbie JohnsonSt Louis, Missouri
Debbie Johnson - February 13, 2015 at 09:47 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
With deepest sympathy!!! Brenda Franklin Tate
Brenda Tate - February 13, 2015 at 09:20 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Strength & Solace Spray was purchased for the family of Mr Johnny Allegrezza.
February 13, 2015 at 06:08 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Faye Moody lit a candle in memory of Mr Johnny Allegrezza
Faye Moody - February 13, 2015 at 04:41 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I am so fortunate to have called Johnny Allegrezza my Uncle. He was always such a kind, sweet Uncle that you could tell truly cared about his family. He attended many of my dance recitals when I was a child and nick named me "Lollipop" since one of them was a lollipop themed song. I remember enjoying many Christmas Eve's at his house as a child with the whole family playing cards or playing on his Slot Machine that as of a couple of months ago was still sitting in his living room. So many of my fondest childhood memories involve Uncle Johnny. I can't not ever think of a time where a smile was not on his face. He was always so happy with life. He is going to be missed, but I am sure I will see him again.
Christal Grimmett Hudson - February 13, 2015 at 04:10 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Divine Peace Bouquet was purchased for the family of Mr Johnny Allegrezza.
February 13, 2015 at 02:24 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Ms. Billie Jean --- I am sorry to hear of your loss, but know the two of you spent many happy years together. I always enjoyed seeing the two of you together.Renea Norwood Singley
Renea Singley - February 13, 2015 at 01:37 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM