Tony Helms

Tony Woodrow Helms

Tuesday, June 17th, 1941 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Mr. Tony Woodrow Helms, age 79 of Concord, passed away Thursday evening, October 29, 2020 at Pruitt Health in Harrisburg.

Mr. Helms will lie in state on Sunday, November 1 from 11 am to 3 pm at Wilkinson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Monday, November 2 at Wilkinson Funeral Home chapel at 11 am with Pastor David Wilson officiating. Burial will be private for the family.

Tony was born June 17, 1941, a son of the late Edward Woodrow Helms and Dessie Louise Lemmonds Helms. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Joan Helms and a son, Jimmy Wayne Helms.

Early in his life, he worked for Cannon Mills and during this time, he had a love for playing ball. After getting caught slipping out of work, they finally gave him permission to continue to play and then come back to make up his time. Later on, he went to work for Southern Latex and finished his career at UNCC. He played church league softball, which we all enjoyed watching him play. He was known as “Woody”, and his teammates often hollered, “Let’s go Woody, knock it out of the park”. Tony was a good-hearted family man who was a caregiver to many family members. He attended Wilmar Park Baptist Church and he never met a stranger. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He spent many hours in his boat, on the bank or up in a deer stand getting good quality time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His new love recently was to travel. He saw many parts of the country that he shared with his companion, Barbara Patterson. We are forever grateful for her showing him love and companionship. The most rewarding part is that we knew he was happy, and it definitely showed by the smile on his face.

Tony is survived by his children, Penny McCulloh (Bryan), Cindy Heglar, and Mike Helms, (Leanne); brother, Darrell Helms and nephew, Matthew Helms; grandchildren, Chris Cruse, (Casey), Jon Cruse, (Lauren), Casey Bryant (Michael), Kimberly Helms, David Helms, Darren Helms, (Mandoline) and Kaylee Helms; sister-in-law, Ellen Upchurch (Howard) and niece, Kathleen Johnson (Nick) of Garland, Texas; uncle, Johnny Helms; 8 great-grandchildren and 1 arriving soon.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Wilkinson Funeral Home
    100 Branchview Dr. NE
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    Wilkinson Funeral Home
    100 Branchview Dr. NE
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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  • Interment

    Carolina Memorial Park
    601 Mt Olivet Rd
    KANNAPOLIS, NC 28083
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Van Womble

Posted at 01:24pm
To Tony's family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Tony, Darrell and I grew up together on the same street and I remember well our talks setting at the Gary Cress table at Troutman's. Sorry I was out of town but thinking of you and Darrell.
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Alice Patterson

Posted at 10:00am
Penny and Cindy, my heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. Tony was such a kind, gentle man and will be missed greatly. Even though I’ve known him 28 years, it wasn’t until the past 3 years that I truly learned what a great man he was. I’m very grateful for these past several years that he made my mom smile and get some normalcy back in her life. Tony was her best friend. Peace, prayers, and a big hug.
Alice Patterson

The Milkes, McCullohs and Hughes

Posted at 03:47pm
We know he will be greatly missed. Praying for you. We love you.
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