Paul G. Helvey
LEBANON, Va. — Paul Glenn Helvey, age 88, of the Hansonville community in Russell County, Virginia, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Apex, North Carolina.
He was born in Emory, Virginia, and was the son of the late Rev. John Watson Helvey and Maude Thomas Helvey. He was a graduate of Emory & Henry College. He served in the Navy Reserve and was on on active duty 39 months in the South Pacific during War World II. He was a retired farmer and school teacher, having taught history at Lebanon High School for 30 years. He was a member of Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church.
Preceding Mr. Helvey in death was his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Shomaker Helvey; two brothers, Watson and Thomas Helvey; and one sister, Mary Mitchell.
Survivors include two sons: Paul Gilmer Helvey and wife Anne, Johnson City, Tennessee; and Thomas Grady Helvey and wife Sally of Apex. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Jennifer Jones and husband Scott, Waynesboro, Virginia; Wendy Thompson and husband David, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Paul Andrew Helvey, Apex; and two great- grandchildren, Grace and Blake Jones.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mike Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Shomaker Family Cemetery in Hansonville, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Bailey Tate Jackson, Cullen Ratliff, Earl Crabtree, Javier Alavarado, Jamie Farley and Ron Barrett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Frances Houchins, 114 Ridge Road, Lebanon, VA 24266; or CARE.
Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276) 889-4444, is serving the family of Mr. Helvey.
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