The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 14, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, September 14, 2013


Howard R. Helton

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, Howard R. Helton crossed the tracks to be with his heavenly father.

Born December 8, 1923, to the late William Cleveland Helton and Kathleen Helton.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and a retired engineer of the CSX Corp. His passion in life was his family; he loved each of us with all his heart and taught us to be strong, honest and caring people. He loved to “tinker,” whether it was in the yard, garden or any of his many projects. His smile and laughter brightened the lives of many and that smile will be greatly missed.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Neal and Creel Willen, and one brother, Bill Helton.

Those left to cherish each wonderful moment and memory are his loving wife of 52 years, Kalen Helton; a daughter, Debbie Gwinn and husband Danny of Nimitz; three sons, Willie and wife Angie of Rock Hill, S.C., Howard R. “#2” Jr. and wife Lisa of Roanoke and Mike and wife Sarah of Roanoke; seven grandchildren, Samantha and Sara Gwinn, Robert Helton, Jordan and Sam Helton, Mikey and Jon Howard Helton; three great-grandchildren, Justin and Jonah Zimmerman and Charles Ray Lucas.

For as much as he loved each one of us he will be doubly missed.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Cales Cemetery at Sandstone.

Friends may call Saturday at the funeral parlors from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Danny Gwinn, Robert Helton, Mikey Helton, Jordan Helton, Sam Helton and Chucky Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Justin and Jonah Zimmerman, Charles Ray Lucas and Jon Howard Helton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

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