Melbourne Helton

Sunday, January 13, 2002

VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Melbourne W. "Pete" Helton, 52, of Chaffee, Mo., formerly of Cairo and Mound City, Ill., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Nov. 24, 1949, at Mounds, Ill., son of William Archie Helton and Rosie Rachel Smith Helton.

Helton was a truck driver for Tower Rock Stone Co. in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

He served three years as a U.S. Marine. He served in Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Diane "Sue" Williams Helton of Chaffee; a daughter, Jean Angele Diane McHarry of Cape Girardeau; a stepdaughter, Mellissa Diane McGowan of Chaffee; three brothers, Lawrence "Tony" Helton and Raymond Helton, both of Villa Ridge, and Harry Helton of Mounds; a sister, Alice Williams of Villa Ridge; and two stepgrandchildren.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge.

Funeral will be at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. F.M. Speakman officiating. Cremation will follow.