DELL RAY HELMS, 89, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015, at an Abilene Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Rotan, with burial following at Cottonwood Flats Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Rotan.
Born September 24, 1926, on the family ranch in Rough Creek, Dell was the son of Bill and Sallie (Underwood) Helms. He graduated from Hobbs High School, and took over the family ranch. On February 11, 1949, he married the love of his life, Joye Pritchard, at the First Baptist Church Parsonage in Rotan. He lived on the same ranch in Rough Creek for his entire life, farming and ranching. If asked what he was doing, he would always respond "Workin,'" "Hoeing,'" or "Shuckin' Onions." He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, and was constantly finding new ways to get them into trouble with their parents. Dell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rotan and the Masonic Lodge/Order of the Eastern Star. His name was well respected, and he received the Texas Land Heritage award, honoring the hundred-year operation of his family ranch.
Dell is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Sallie Pearson, and numerous siblings.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Joye Helms of Rough Creek; one son, Danny Helms and wife, Janna, of Rough Creek; one daughter, Keta York of Snyder; five grandchildren, Josh Helms and wife, Jody, Jason York and wife, Jackie, Kendra Helms, Shelley Collier, and Keila Bearden and husband, Shane; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey Helms, Maddi Bearden, Samuel Helms, and Morgan Bearden.