Bonnie Kate Helton Kelley

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

Bonnie Kate Helton Kelley, age 73 of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Mrs. Kelley was born January 8, 1940 to the late Ceborn and Frances Hartsell. She retired in 2007 with 42 years of service with Sevier County where she served in various departments, including the Election Commission, Health Department and the school Maintenance Department. After retirement she was employed for 15 years with Wal-mart where she always greeted customers with a smiling face.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, Rex H. Helton and Rayford Leroy “Ray” Kelley; brothers-in-law, Maynard “M.T.” Helton, Theron Tarwater, Bufford “Jab” Helton, Ray Helton and wife Dottie.

She is survived by: Children: Melissa and Steve Maples, Steve and Nikki Helton; Step-daughter: Sharon Diane Walton and Mike Crosson; Grandchildren: Cory Maples, Beau Hannah, Taylor Helton, Lukke Heilig Deatherage, Serena Heilig and Lindsey Walton; Siblings: Maggie Fox and husband Larry, Lonnie Hartsell and wife Blanche, Sue Williams and husband Olen, Rose Hurst and husband Arvin, Janice Rhea and husband Stanley; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Doris Helton, Janice Tarwater, Bobby Helton, Wayne and Barbara Helton; Loving “Mamaw Kate” to numerous nieces and nephews.

John 3:16, Romans 9:10, Psalm 23 and Revelation 21:4 are some of the children’s favorite scriptures they want to share and encourage you to read and study.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Funeral service 2 PM Sunday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. David Hodges officiating. Interment will follow in Hartsell-Rolen Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-6 PM Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.