Smithfield: Obituaries

Earl Clegg Helms

Earl Clegg Helms, 93, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Earl was born in Concord, NC on September 10, 1922. He was the son of Ada Crowell Helms and Hosea Theron Helms.After graduating from Concord High School, Earl served in the United States Army during WWII. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill under the GI Bill and graduated with a BS in Commerce in 1950. On November 14, 1953, he married Doris Fisher of Whiteville.After working at several different jobs, Earl found his vocational calling in 1960 when he purchased a small business in Selma, NC named Salvage Disposal Company. When he started the business it employed only two workers, but by the time he sold the company in 2002 it had more than forty long time faithful employees. Despite its humble beginnings, Earl took great pride in his business and truly enjoyed the relationships he formed with his many customers and other Sadisco franchise owners. He believed in treating his employees well and considered them a part of his family. It was important to him that strong business ethics and excellent customer service were integrated into the structure of his business.His family and friends knew Earl to be a pillar of honesty, integrity, compassion and humility. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC. He was also a wonderful mentor and friend to many people, sharing his wisdom and lending a helping hand whenever he saw a need. Earl was well known for his continuous practice of giving. He and his wife donated generously to a number of local charities including: Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Johnston Community College Foundation, as well as Wildlife Action of Whiteville, NC.Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Dottie, his daughter Jenny Helms (Feild) Russell, and his siblings Spurgeon, Everett and Mildred Helms. Surviving are his daughter, Janis Helms of Raleigh, and granddaughters, Anna Russell of Raleigh and Kate Russell (Bill) Hoyt of Roanoke, VA as well as 3 nieces and a nephew.A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 in First Baptist Church in Smithfield with Rev. Lee Colbert officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 209, Smithfield, NC 27577. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <a href="" target="_new"></a>.