Obituary for Sept. 1, 2013

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

Joyce Helms

Joyce Suzanne Withers Helms, 87, of Newton, loving wife and mother, went home to be with her Lord Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Catawba County to the late Martin Luther Withers and Sarah Frances Caldwell Withers Ballard and stepfather Frank Ballard.

She was a member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Besides her parents and stepfather, she was preceded in death by two sisters Thelma Scronce and Irene Caldwell.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Guy Helms of the home; one son, David Helms and wife Angela of Asheville; two daughters, Barbara Whittington and her husband Clyde of Lenoir, NC and Sandra Murray and her husband Scottie of Catawba, NC, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, September 2, 2013 at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the church. The interment will be in the church cemetery. The Revs. Michael Staton and Sam Carven will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Ruhama Church Building Fund.

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Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Helms family.