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Mr. Roy Arlington Helton Jr.

Obituary for Mr. Roy Arlington Helton Jr.

July 6, 1944 - July 29, 2019
Murray, Kentucky | Age 75


Roy Arlington Helton Jr., 75, of Murray, Kentucky, died Monday, July 29, 2019, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
He was born July 6, 1944 in Suffolk, Virginia to Roy Arlington Helton Sr. and Rebecca Rankin Helton, who preceded him in death. Mr. Helton graduated from Belmont College and earned a Master's Degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a passionate teacher and a retired professor of 48 years from the English Department at Murray State University. A Master Gardener, he enjoyed spending many hours a day in his flower garden. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Helton is survived by his wife, Jamie Sneed Helton of Murray, Kentucky; one daughter, Emily Helton Carr and husband Michael Carr of Crestwood, Kentucky; one son, Nicholas Helton and wife Ashley Helton of Andover, Connecticut; five grandchildren, Connor, Keaton, and Cooper Carr, and Samuel and Alice Helton; one sister, Alice Long of Nashville, Tennessee; and three brothers, Joel Helton of Nashville, Tennessee, David Helton of Melissa, Texas, and Tom Helton of Plano, Texas
The visitation and memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Murray on Friday, August 2nd. Visitation will be 10am-12pm; the memorial service will follow at 12:00 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street Murray, Kentucky 42071 and the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN), PO Box 217 Zionsville, Indiana, 46077 or online at
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  • First Presbyterian Church
    1601 Main Street
    Murray, KY 42071
  • Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN)
    PO Box 217
    Zionsville, IN 46077

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J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
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