Charlie Joe Helms son of
Cecil Owen Helms and Quinnie Dowden
was born 21 August 1921 in Cottonwood Flat Community, Scurry
County, Texas and died 22 February 1986 in Fisher County, Texas. He
married Betty Jo Kennedy daughter of Parker Kennedy and Lota
Willingham 08 Feb 1949 in her parents home in Fisher County, Texas.
She was born 13 Jul 1930 in Stonewall County, Texas and died 10 Oct
2007 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. They are both buried at
Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.
He went to school at Cottonwood Flat
and Hobbs before moving to Rotan. He graduated from Rotan High School
in 1946 and attended Tarleton State College in Brownwood, Brown
They live one and a half miles west of Rotan,
Fisher County, Texas. They started their married life in Rotan,
Fisher County, Texas and then moved to Stonewall County, Texas where
they lived near the east end of the Double Mountains for thirteen
years. He was involved in farming and ranching. They had a vacation
home in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico. He enjoyed flying.
She went to school in the Wright
Community and in Rotan from the third grade. After graduating from
Rotan High School in 1947 she attended Texas Technological College in
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas.
OBITUARY: Betty Jo Helms-McCright
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home
Friday, October 12, 2007
Rotan, Texas -- Betty Jo (Kennedy)
Helms-McCright, passed away Wednesday October 10, 2007 at her
Services will be 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will
follow at Cottonwood Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee - Ray
Funeral Home. Visitation is 5:00 ? 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral
Betty Helms - McCright was born to
Parker and Lota Kennedy on July 13, 1930 in Stonewall County. She
married Charlie Joe Helms February 8, 1949 and was a loving wife,
mother and homemaker. Charlie Jo passed away in 1986. Betty married
Kenneth McCright in 1988 and later helped take care of him through a
lengthy illness until his passing in 1997.
Betty spent her whole life giving
to the people she loved. She was one of the strongest women you'd ever
meet. As her grandson described her, "She's the glue that keeps our
Betty had many loves in her life. She was an avid
collector. Antiquing was her favorite thing to do and she has passed
that joy down to her children and grandchildren. She loved her
girlfriends, their dinners, trips and especially their card games? of
course, she loved to win. Betty was a wonderful cook. If she wasn't
making you a whole meal at her home, she was baking cookies, cakes, or
candy to take to you. She was always ready to make someone their
favorite "Nannie" meal or treat. Betty also loved the garden, canning
fresh vegetables and making jellies and jams. The most endeared love
of Betty's life has been her family and the greatest joy has been her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty was a "hands-on"
grandmother. She was always ready to stay with the kids or have them
stay at her house, but never had a problem "straightening" them out
when needed. She loved watching her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren play sports and rarely missed a game.
that showed up at Betty's was always greeted with an open door. She
loved having a house full of family and friends and always had time to
Betty is preceded in death by her
parents, both husbands, a precious granddaughter (Haley Helms 1998)
and an infant grandson (Casey Joe Helms). Betty is survived by two
sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Becky Helms of Seguin and Clay
and Gwen Helms of Rotan; two daughters and a son-law, Jodie Grisham of
Abilene and Cindy and Bobby Mims of San Angelo; a sister, Tennie Cade
of Rotan; ten grandchildren, Marty and Macky Helms, Jenny Goodwin,
Jamie Grisham, Julie Whisenhut, Luke and Jake Day, and Sunny and
Hunter Helms; five great-grandchildren, Shayden and Leggin Aaron,
Karlee and Kallan Goodwin, and Madison Day; and a sister-in-law and
brother-in-law, Pat and Wayne Helms.
Pallbearers will be Marty and
Hunter Helms, Luke and Jake Day, Ty Dawes and Kaleb Goodwin. Honorary
pallbearers will be Macky, Mark and John Wayne Helms, and Clay Cade.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Haley
Helms Memorial Scholarship Fund at 112 N. McKinley (C/O Rotan ISD),
Rotan, TX 79546.