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.