Helen Martin Minter

September 24, 1957March 19, 2019
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Helen Martin Minter, 61, of Amherst, passed away on March 19, 2019, surrounded by her four loving children. Born on September 24, 1957, in Lynchburg, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Lee Martin and Naomi Ruth Mays Martin of Amherst. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Matris Louise Martin. She has been reunited with her soulmate and husband of forty-two years, Timothy V. Minter. Helen is survived by her four children, James Silas Minter (Stacy) of Forest, Jacob Gray Minter (Erin) of Madison Heights, Nichole Minter Dowdy (Chris) of Amherst, and Maureen Minter Puckett (James) of Gladys. Also surviving are her three sisters, Naomi Toler (Russell) of Rustburg, Marian Hartless (Bruce) of Monroe, and Jane Tomlin (Billy) of Madison Heights, along with many other special family members. Helen (Granny) also leaves to cherish her memory, her six grandchildren, Grayson and Ellee Dowdy of Amherst, Leah and Daniel Minter of Madison Heights, and Cole and Casen Puckett of Gladys. Helen was a devoted wife and mother her entire life. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. For more than twenty years, she was a beloved employee of Winton Country Club, where she touched so many lives within her community. Most recently she was employed by Amherst County High School where she was adored by students, faculty, and staff. Helen will be most remembered for her kind nature and willingness to care for others. Her warm and fun loving spirit will live on and continue to touch anyone who knew her. Her family would like to sincerely thank the medical staff for their excellent care at the Acute Rehab at Virginia Baptist Hospital and the CTICU at Lynchburg General Hospital. Family night will be held at Whitten Monelison Chapel, Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 3 until 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Amherst. There will be a graveside service following at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at Helen’s home in Amherst. To send online condolences to the family, please visit


  • Timtohy Vincent Minter, Husband
  • Raymond Lee Martin, Father
  • Naomi Mays Martin, Mother
  • James Silas Minter, Son
  • Jacob Gray Minter, Son
  • Nichole Minter Dowdy, Daughter
  • Maureen Minter Puckett, Daughter
  • Naomi Martin Toler, Sister
  • Marian Martin Hartless, Sister
  • Jane Martin Tomlin, Sister
  • Martis Martin, Sister
  • Also left to cherish her memory are her six grandchildren, Grayson and Ellee Dowdy of Amherst, Leah and Daniel Minter also of Amherst, and Cole and Casen Puckett of Gladys.

  • Kenny Peters
  • Zach Peters
  • Dylan Peters
  • James Puckett
  • Grayson Dowdy
  • Justin Durkee
  • Kaleb Adcock
  • Karson Adcock


  • Visitation Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Interment Monday, March 25, 2019

Helen Martin Minter

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Carol Ragle

March 26, 2019

I knew your mom for years. She was such a sweet person and she had my daughter Tracy Eagle on her cheerleading squad for the Amherst Wolverines! We had a joke about ‘Hotdogs’ and I loved how we always called each other hotdog! Prayers for all of you. I will always remember my ‘HOTDOG’ friend!

Vickie Loya

March 25, 2019

I Remember Helen When I Was A Little Girl My Mom Helen They Had The Same Name Would Go Visit Helen We Lived Right Across The Road Growing Up My Mom Would Walk Over To Helen’s And They Spend Hours Talking And Before When Movie Away Helen Was Pregnant With Her Girls Helen was A Sweet And Loving Person She Always Went Out Her Way To Treat People The Way She Wanted To Be Treated I Know She Is With The Love Of Her Life In Heaven May She RIP I Am Truly Sorry For Everyone In her Ljfe They Loss A Wonderful Mother And A Wonderful And Awesome Granny Sending Thoughts And Prayers To Her Children And Grandchildren’s

Bruce and Teri Scott

March 24, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to the Minter family. Helen was such a sweet and wonderful person.

Judith Hunter

March 23, 2019

Marion, Patty and Lewis Jane and all family , I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved Helen Sue. She was so kind and sweet. I have so many great memories of being at your house with you girls. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Judy

Linda Campbell

March 23, 2019

Helen was one of the sweetest people I have had the pleasure of calling my friend. Her kindness and love will never be forgotten. She will be missed greatly but sweet memories will live forever.

Cathy Minter Laganosky

March 23, 2019

Helen was a dear aunt to me and my brothers. She always made us feel welcome and loved when we could all visit together. She was a wonderful sister-in-law to my mother, who has always felt especially close to Helen. She will be in my prayers.

Kristen Hyde (Shallock)

March 23, 2019

As a classmate of Helen’s daughter, Nichole, I remember fondly the warm hospitality and sweet nature that Mrs Minter showed to us when we came to the house. I am saddened to hear of her passing and send my condolences to the family. Helen always had a smile on her face and seeing her with Tim at various KofC events through church growing up, they were fine examples of a loving partnership and I pray she is with her beloved.

To the family, I hope the happy memories of Helen will help to bring some comfort and peace to you during this time of sorrow.

-The Hyde Family (Kristen Shallock, Ryan and Savannah)

Ken Huggins

March 23, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to all The Minter family. I enjoyed the years I worked with Helen at WCC . She treated my young son very nice when he would come stay the summers and holidays with me. She will be missed my all. Ken Huggins ( retired Excu. Chef /F&B Manger and GM of WCC )

Tina Hudson Marks

March 23, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Helen always had the sweetest smile and was such a kind thoughtful person. I know she will be deeply missed as she touched so many people in her life.

Keghan Willey

March 23, 2019

I always looked forward to seeing her when I went to lunch everyday. I'd chat a bit with her and she remembered my name, very few do. She will be missed and our memories with her will be cherished.