William Thomas "Tommy" Helms 12/25/1933 to 8/27/2017 Ringgold.
Tommy was born in Mississippi and lived there before relocating to Memphis, Tenn., 22 years ago. He and "Miss Evelyn" moved to Ringgold to be near his daughter and son-in-law. He was the last surviving of three brothers.
"Pop," as he was known to all who knew him, was a helping hand, friend and father-figure to many. He died from a sudden, two-week battle with West Nile Virus. He was an Army veteran and had careers as an over-the-road truck driver and custom kitchen cabinet installer. He had many interests and could repair or build almost anything.
He leaves behind his wife, Evelyn Carter Helms, of almost 66 years; his daughter, Dr. Marilyn M. Helms (Dalton State College), and son-in-law, Lee A. Tubbs (Enviroguard Pest Solutions). He also leaves a much-beloved exchange student "granddaughter" from Brussels, Belgium, Miss Maud Swalens; family friends, Dr. Raina M. Rutti (Dalton State College) and Katie Sosebee and her extended family; buddies at the Tunnel Hill Barbershop; two nephews, Dale Helms and Jeff Helms; one niece, Linda Gale Ward; and many friends.
Arrangements for Pop, as per his written request, include cremation and no services. He asked that his friends and family remember him fondly when they watch an NFL game, a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood western, or hear a funny joke.
Published on August 28, 2017