Samuel Edgar Helton, Jr.

May 20, 1938 - September 19, 2008
Samuel Edgar Helton, Jr.

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Sam E. Helton died at home on Friday September 19, 2008.

Sam was born May 20, 1938 in Tennessee. He served 4 years in the US Navy. He considered Connecticut his home having lived there most of his married life raising his family. While living in Connecticut he worked for the railroad in Stamford and New Haven, CT. He later relocated to Wilmington in 1998.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Gail, his son S. Evan Helton, 3 daughters DeAnna Peplow (Charles), Sharon Helton, Valerie Munroe (John), 1 granddaughter Jessica, 4 grandsons Patrick, Shawn, Ian and David, and a very special Aunt Ruth.

Sam also found a new hobby, woodcarving. He was a member of the The Cape Fear Wood Carvers – being the “baby” of the Garage Gang, he developed a special friendship with his mentor Walt and fellow carvers Joe, Rich and John.

A special thank you to Tom, a registered nurse at Coastal Rehab for his sermon and to Hospice nurse Martha and Alesha a CNA.

A memorial service is planned at Masonboro Baptist Church on Beasley Road on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • December 26, 2008
    Robert (Bob) Crane says: This is a memorial in Sam's graduating class of 1956. Gail ,I offer my deepest sympathy for you and your family.Sam was respected by all of his classmates.He was a man of principal.He traveled the longest distance one year for our reunion.I know you will miss him.We would be honored if you want to join the "class of 1956" as Mrs.Sam Helton. Bob Crane

  • September 22, 2008
    Mark Meister says:
    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this hard time. Mark Meister

  • September 26, 2008
    Jessica Kelly says:
    Grandpa, first left me start off with how an important of my life you've been! I love you so much, and I'd give anything in the world to have you back with me. The pain of losing you is so hard to cope with. You were my comfort and my security. I can't picture my life without you in it, but I know you'll be watching up above and I hope to make you proud. I need you to lend me some of your strength through this crushing time. There is a song I want to dedicate to you entitled "One Sweet Day" here are the lyrics: Sorry I never told you All I wanted to say And now it's too late to hold you 'Cause you've flown away So far away Never had I imagined Living without your smile Feeling and knowing you hear me It keeps me alive Alive [Chorus:] And I know you're shining down on me from heaven Like so many friends we've lost along the way And I know eventually we'll be together One sweet day Darling I never showed you Assumed you'd always be there I took your presence for granted But I always cared And I miss the love we shared [Chorus] Although the sun will never shine the same again I'll always look to a brighter day Lord I know when I lay me down to sleep You will always listen as I pray [Chorus] Sorry I never told you All I wanted to say God Bless You Grandpa I love and miss you dearly, always love your granddaughter, Jessica

  • September 27, 2008
    Noel Schuler says:
    I would like to extend my sympathies to Valerie and your entire family on the death of your father. You will be in my thoughts. Noel Schuler