OBITUARY

Paul L. Helton

January 28, 1932June 24, 2019
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Paul L. Helton, 87, left this world on June 24, 2019 to receive his heavenly crown.

Left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife, June of 67 years and two sons, Randy P. Helton (wife, Donna) and Ricky L. Helton (wife, Terri); three grandsons, Adam Helton, Ryan Helton (Roxanne), Patrick Helton (Jennifer); great grandson, James Henry Helton; brother, Carroll Helton (Carol) and sister, Margaret Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Lee Helton and Ila Lee Helton; one brother, Jack T. Helton and sisters, Francis Morgan and Ruby Baucom.

Born in 1932 in Lucia, NC, Paul was destined early in life to be a funeral director when he saw a funeral being conducted outside his school class window. After graduating from high school, he met the love of his life, June Buchanan. They married in 1952 and remained faithfully married for 67 years, with her never leaving his side. Paul proudly served his country bravely and honorably in the Korean War as a Sergeant during 1952 and 1953. He was based in Busan, Korea where he served in the Search and Recovery platoon. Upon returning home, he attended and graduated from Eckels Mortuary College in Philadelphia, thus beginning his career as a Funeral Director.

Paul spent 61 years in Charlotte serving families as a funeral director both at Forest Lawn West Funeral Home and McEwen Funeral Home. He most recently served as President of Forest Lawn West. He loved his work, continuing to serve families and take calls even at 87 years of age. Paul began his career as a funeral director with Carothers Funeral Home in Mt. Holly in 1957. In 1958 he joined McEwen Funeral Home in Charlotte on Morehead Street serving there for the next 49 years as an embalmer, funeral director and ultimately was named President. Upon the opening of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home in 2007 Paul transitioned as President to this facility to be closer to his home. The employees and staff became his second family and he loved everyone there as family. In 2015, Forest Lawn West honored him by naming the funeral chapel the Paul Helton Chapel. Paul touched countless lives and served multitudes of family generations. He always treated everyone with tremendous dignity and compassion during their time of sadness.

Paul also leaves behind a legacy of serving God. He was a person of strong faith, serving his God and Church diligently in many capacities. He was a life member of Greenland Avenue Baptist and also Durham Memorial Baptist where he served as a Deacon and in other capacities. He instilled a strong Christian faith and an ethical work foundation in his family. Paul was also proud to be one of the five organizers that met in March 1978 at Caldwell Presbyterian Church on 6th Street in Charlotte to assist in the formation of Hospice of Charlotte. Paul was a faithful husband and father and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. We, as a family take great consolation in the knowledge that he lived an exemplary and wonderful life with dignity, integrity and faithfulness to God.

The family will have a private funeral in the Paul Helton Chapel of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home. They will receive friends in a Celebration of his Life at Durham Memorial Church on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM. A private interment with Military Honors will follow at Forest Lawn West Cemetery.

In keeping with Mr. Helton's request, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Paul's memory to Hospice of Charlotte, St. Jude's Hospital or Durham Memorial Baptist Church. Our appreciation for the support, love and care provided by SCI and staff can never be expressed in words but will never be forgotten.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Adam Helton
  • Ryan Helton
  • Patrick Helton
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Daryl Carpenter
  • Derek Hunter

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2019

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Harold Williams

June 27, 2019

June and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Working as a funeral director an embalmer with Paul at McEwen for many years leaves me with many good memories. Ann and I enjoyed many McEwen parties with you and Paul over the years. Prayers for all of you in the coming days.

Harold Williams

Dianne Banister

June 27, 2019

I first met Paul when our son got killed in 1979, since then he has helped with 6 more family members. He was a good Christian man. He will be missed.

Scott Whitener

June 26, 2019

I first came to know Paul about 40 years ago while singing with a group called the Regals. He was playing steel guitar in a group and we played together for an outside event somewhere in the Charlotte area. What a kind and gentle man. We struck up a great friendship, and I’ll never forget him. Blessings to the family. RIP my friend. You’ve earned it.
Scott Whitener

June Snyder

June 26, 2019

To June and family, I would just like to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Leticia Gomez-Wright

June 26, 2019

My prayers & condolences to the entire Family. I had the honor of working with Paul at both McEwen & Forest Lawn, he truly was a man of Christ. His dedication to his families at their time of grief certainly showed the true human being he was. His life was dedicated to helping others. I will truly miss him and his grace. Rest In paradise Paul, heaven has truly gained an angel.

Beth Morris

June 26, 2019

I am extremely honored to have worked with Paul for many years. He taught me so much and served my family well when my stepfather passed away. Never in my life have I met someone so passionate about their career; he was truly called by God to serve families! Paul was one of the most respectable men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am really going to miss his wonderful sense of humor and helping him fix his computer. :) My heart goes out to his family and all the many who loved him. He was truly one of a kind.

Frank Howey

June 26, 2019

Randy,
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Frank, Alison, Trey and Ella Howey

Vicky Albers

June 26, 2019

I respected Paul as a mentor with his christian teachings and love for others. He always took the time to make sure I understood the funeral business and how every person was someones loved one.
May there be peace with his family knowing he is right with the Lord.

Duane and Vicky Albers

Robert Moody

June 26, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Paul's passing. When I started in the funeral business he was so supportive of us younger guys. He was always so professional and respectful of everyone he came to know. My prayers are with the family.
Robert (Bob) Moody, Moody Funeral Service, Mount Airy, NC

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