Charles Edward Helton (Eddie) passed away at home Jan. 31, 2021, at the age of 83.
Charles was predeceased by his wife the love of his life, Norma Jean (Sullivan); his brother, Albert Helton; and his parents, Marion and Lovina (Thompson) Helton.
Charles is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Donna Sue Helton Davis (Greg) of White House, Tenn. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Celeste Davis (Kara Morris), Caleb Davis (Virginia) Natalee Crunk, Addison and Hazlee. Christian Davis (Emily) Kaiya and Tennison. Charles is also lovingly remembered by his son, Charles Travis Helton (Bobbi), Charles Matthew Helton, Courtney Helton Overturf (Jared), and Mitzi (Tristan) Jay-Lynn, William (Ashley) Luke, David, and Nicolas of Valier.
Charles was born May 24, 1937, in Carbondale to Marion Tracy and Lovina Thompson Helton in a Hostess Cake Truck on the way to the hospital. His education was all at Southern Illinois University from K-12 and 2 years of college. He married Norma Jean Sullivan Nov. 26, 1960. She went to Heaven Aug. 1, 2016. She was a teacher at the Sesser-Valier School District for 30 years.
Charles worked 30 years for the U.S. Forest Service and was a security guard until he got his private investigator license. Charles served in the Army Reserves and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class E-7 in the first seven years of service. He was high gunner with the 30-caliber machine gun. He was very proud to have served his country.
He was a lifetime member of Goode Masonic Lodge 774. He was a past master and treasurer for 30 years. He was awarded the Outstanding Mason Award in 1990.
His final wishes were to be cremated and his ashes interred at Mt. Etna Cemetery. The graveside memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 21, 2021, at Mt. Etna Cemetery in Akin.
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