Berlin Elwood Helsley

Berlin Elwood Helsley, 76, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.  A graveside service will be held Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Columbia Furnace Cemetery.  Pastor Earl Painter will officiate.

Mr. Helsley was born November 22, 1934 in Columbia Furnace, son of the late Joseph R. Helsley Sr. and Rosie Cook Helsley.  He retired from Virginia Highway Department on May 1, 1995 where he was employed for 40 years.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma M. Helsley; three brothers, Kirby  Helsley, Joseph R. Helsley Jr.  and James Elwood Helsley; and two sisters, Gladys Sine and Ruby Rose Helsley.

He is survived by four sisters, Bettie Hepner of Woodstock, Jean Santmyer of Strasburg, Patsy Ross of Edinburg and Mary Miller of Woodstock; one brother, William F. Helsley of Edinburg and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock today (Thursday) from 6-7  p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Skyline Terrace Nursing Home Aviary Fund, P.O. Box 558, Woodstock, VA 22664 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 321, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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3 Condolences to Berlin Elwood Helsley

  1. Kenn Sadler says:

    I do therapy dog visits at Skyline Terrace and made sure that I visited Berlin every time that I went. I will truly miss him and his jovial smile. We had a long talk a couple of weeks ago about his illness. He so loved seeing Donal my therapy dog and I have a picture that was taken just last week of him with Donal that I will treasure.

  2. Leslie Ney says:

    I visit my mother, Agnes, at Skyline Terrace Home every other day. I would see Berlin all the time. He always smiled and waved at me and would stop and ask me how the weather was outside. I will so miss his sweet face and gentle smile. Such a lovely man I will miss dearly. I send my sympathy to his family.

  3. Debi Edmonds, Vicky Jones and Peggy Helsley says:

    Uncle Berlin will be greatly missed. He was so like Daddy that everytime I looked at him, especially after Daddy passed away, I could still see him in Uncle Berlin’s face and in his laugh. Vicky, Penny and I all felt the same way about him. We know that Grandma and Granddaddy Helsley are having a time with them in heaven.
    We love you and miss you until we see you again, Debi, Vickyk, Penny and Peggy