Robert “Bob” Wright Helm, Sr.

May 2, 1940 - January 14, 2021
Robert “Bob” Wright Helm, Sr.


Robert “Bob” Wright Helm, Sr., age 80, of West End, NC, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

He was born in Joplin, MO, on May 2, 1940, the son of Armand Helm and Nondas McDaniel Helm.

Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University and worked as a District Manager in the Oil Industry. He was a lifelong sports fan, especially for the Seminoles, and loved to play basketball. He helped organize a Senior Basketball League and was still actively playing. He was a dedicated blood donor, contributing 30 gallons over his lifetime.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Mary Gilliland-Helm, his devoted daughter Theresa Helm Eason (Don), son Robert Helm Jr, 3 grandchildren Hannah, Ryan and Sam; siblings Larry, Gary & Janet; and beloved pets Zonie and Pepe. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

No services are planned at this time. A Service to Celebrate Bob’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Sandhills Community College, Attention Coach Apple, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374, in memory of Bob would be greatly appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • January 17, 2021
    LOID ATKINSON III says:
    ALL HONOR TO HIS NAME .

  • January 17, 2021
    Jan Piner says:
    So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. I know you are grieving now. I have fond memories of Mary and Bob. Dancing, and enjoying what life had to give.Mary, my prayers are with you and your family.

  • January 17, 2021
    Jan Piner says:
    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I have fond memories of you and Bob. Dancing and enjoying all the things life had to offer. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • January 18, 2021
    Barbara Linville says:
    I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing.we know our reward is in heaven. May God bless you.

  • January 18, 2021
    Elizabeth (Currie) Johnson says:
    Mary I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, I remember so well when you two first started dancing together and dating. Keeping you and all who love Bob in my prayers.