ROSSVILLE Earl Vern Allen, 64, departed this life Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his home.Vern served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and was an owner/operator truck driver for many years.His father, Lesley Vern Allen, preceded him in death. Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Mattie Faye Allen of Rossville; mother, Ina Jean Smith, of Amarillo, Texas; six stepchildren, Robert Sharp, of Ringgold, James Sharp, Donna Cross, Theresa Sharp, all of Rossville, Tammie Graham, Sheila Powell, both of Chickamauga; siblings, Roy Allen, Sue Coffee, both of Amarillo, Texas, Henry Allen, of South Carolina, Roxie Allen, Fort Worth, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, in the chapel with Rev. Neal Powell officiating.Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.Family will receive friends after 4 p.m. today, and all day Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.