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August 29, 1933 — October 25, 2018

Melvin Elias Helms, 85, of Eufaula, passed away on Oct. 25, 2018 at his home. He was born on Aug. 29, 1933 in Jennings, Oklahoma to Edward Lee and May Belle (Mabel) (Counts) Helms.

Melvin graduated from Stidham High School in 1953. On Aug. 30, 1956, he married Ella June (Martin) Helms in Mellette, happily married for 62 Oklahoma. They were years.

In 1959, Melvin received his Radio and Television Tech Degree from Okmulgee. He worked at the Fredlo Farms in Arvin, California as the Farm Foreman for 14 years. In 1972, he returned to Eufaula and in 1982 founded Helms Construction and ran cattle for the remainder of his life.

Melvin was the Eufaula Round Up Club founding Member and President. He was also a devoted member of the Eufaula Church of Christ. Melvin took the most joy in watching his grandchildren at their many activities and sports. He was so proud of their achievements.

Survivors include: his wife, Ella June Helms, of the home; sons: Melvin Dewayne Helms and wife, Shelly; Rodney Helms and wife, Becky; and Stacey Helms and wife, Christy, all of Eufaula; brother, Doug Helms and wife, Pat, of Checotah; sister, Geneva Stark, of Wilburton; sister in-law, Monnie Helms of, Broken Arrow; six grandchildren: Rodney Lee Helms, Jr. and wife, Grace, Rusty Helms, Brooke Helms, Audra Helms-Deckard and husband, Blake, Matt Helms, and Dylan Helms; and two great grandchildren: Harper Helms and Heath Helms.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Marvena Ginn, Loeta McNatt, and Juanita Adams; and brothers: Lloyd Helms, Audie Helms, Leroy Helms, and Leo Helms.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 at the Eufaula Church of Christ with Minister Charlie Bailey officiating.

Burial followed at Helms Family Cemetery under the direction of Hunn Black & Merritt Funeral Home.

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