Obituary: Mary Louise Roberts Helton

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mary Louise Roberts Helton, 93, long time resident of Columbia, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Signature Health Care.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Rev. Gilly Andrews officiating. Burial will follow in Haynes Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at

The Marshall County native was the daughter of the late James Everett Roberts and Ada Mae Andrews Roberts. She was a graduate of Bryant Station School and was married to James Marshall Helton Sr. who preceded her in death in 1952. Mrs. Helton was retired from Taylor's Laundry. She enjoyed homemaking and cooking and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Janey (Lonnie) Clark-Wells of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, James M. (Carol) Helton of Chapel Hill and John Neal (Judy) Helton of Culleoka; a sister, Virgie Milum of Smithland, Ky.; two granddaughters, Shannon (Shane) Alexander and Melissa Potts; and two grandsons, Tony Clark and Johnny (Teresa) Helton; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Rena Mai Roberts, Patricia Andrews Roberts, Estell Milum, and Edna Carpenter; and two brothers, James Everett Roberts Jr. and Andrew Thomas Roberts.

Pallbearers will be family and friends: Billy Milum, Johnny Arnold, Earl Buchanan, Tony Clark, Johnny Helton, Tommy Hedrick, Ronnie Hedrick and Joe Frank Hedrick.