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William Thomas Helms and Sally Person Underwood
William Thomas Helms and Sally Pearson Underwood

William Thomas Helms son of James Patton Helms and Susan DeBusk was born 23 May 1884 in Brown County, Texas and died 21 Oct 1943 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. He married Sally Pearson Underwood daughter of George Washington Underwood and Eliza Ann Rodgers 14 Jan 1912 at Acker Place in Longhorn Valley, Fisher County, Texas. She was born 15 Dec 1893 in Kent County, Texas and died 02 Sep 1970 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

He followed his brothers Jasper, Camel, Lige and Joe and left Coleman County, Texas and settled in Cottonwood-County Line communities in the early 1900's. He was a baptist. He donated the land for the Baptist Tabernacle. When the church disbanned, he moved the building to use as a barn. They ranched and farmed in the Fisher and Scurry Counties. He died following surgery.

She attended school at Cedar Bayou south of Riverdale. After the death of William Thomas Helms she stayed on the ranch for a number of years before moving to Rotan. Five of her nine children lived to become adults.

Children

1 ---- Willie Loies Helms born 30 Oct 1912 and died 16 Dec 1920. She is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

2 ---- Opal Alice Helms born 02 Apr 1914 in Texas and died 26 Dec 1989 in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas. She married Alvin Koonsman.

3 ---- Daisy Juanita Helms born 05 Jun 1915 and died 16 Dec 1916. She is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

4 ---- Virgil Allen Helms born 17 Oct 1917 and died 12 Mar 1973. He married Vivian Wineta Bullard who was born 14 Oct 1924 and died 30 May 1988. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

5 ---- Joed Helms born 14 Mar 1921 and died 31 Aug 1921 and is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

6 ---- Robert Lee Helms born 02 Sep 1923 and died 02 Jul 1976. He married Billie Ramby. He is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

7 ---- Living

8 ---- Jerry Paul Helms born 25 Mar 1929 in Scurry County, Texas and died 18 Jan 2000 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. He married Patsy Jean Edwards daughter of S.E. Edwards and Jewel Coppedge 27 Mar 1951 in Belton, Bell County, Texas. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

9 ---- Teddy Daniel Helms born 03 Sep 1938 and died 21 Jan 1939 and is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.