James Allen Helton departed this life on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at his residence in Waynesboro, Tennessee at the age of 77 Years, 9 Months, 6 Days. He was born December 16, 1942 in Waynesboro, Tennessee, the son of the late Walter D. and Grace L. Jones Helton. He was united in marriage to the former Nellie Ruth Wallace on May 20, 1961. Mr. Helton was a retired line worker from Murray Ohio Manufacturing and was a member of the Upper Green River Baptist Church in Waynesboro, TN.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie Ruth Wallace Helton; son, James Ray Helton and wife, Deana L.; two granddaughters, Britney Renea Williams and husband, Ben and Amber Dee Staggs and husband, Chris and great-grandchildren, Carson and Charlie Williams and Mallory Staggs all of Waynesboro, TN; and a brother, Herbert Wayne Helton and wife, Elaine of Goodlettsville, TN. In addition to his parents, Mr. Helton was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Dawn Gower.
Funeral services were held on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors chapel in Waynesboro, Tennessee, with Casey Jones and Jerry Flippo officiating. Burial was in the Shields Cemetery, Waynesboro, Tennessee with Shackelford Funeral Directors, Wayne County assisting the family. Visitation was on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm and Friday, September 25, 2020 from 8 am to service time at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Chris Staggs, Ben Williams, Tony Helton, Scott Helton, Roger Jones and Daniel Jones.