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Charlie Joe Helms and Betty Jo Kennedy
Charlie Joe Helms and Betty Jo Kennedy

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 County, Texas.

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 residence.


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 home.


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 family together."
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.
Anyone 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 visit.


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.

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Created by: Le Roy Masters
Record added: Oct 14, 2007
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