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Obituary for Jon Michael Helms
Mike was born in Corinth, MS, April 4, 1938. He was the youngest of six children of Niles and Mary Helms. In his youth he spent time helping on the family farm and caring for his pet goat. Camping at Pickwick Lake and being involved with youth activities at the Presbyterian church were favorite childhood memories. After graduating from Corinth High School in 1957, he received his BS degree in Accounting from University of Mississippi in 1962, then joined Chevron as an accounting manager. While living in New Orleans, he married Karin Banck Helms and started family life with his two daughters, Holly Lynn Helms and Laura Leigh Helms. Mike was employed by Jackson Brewing Company as a marketing manager after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of New Orleans in 1971. During his time in NOLA he enjoyed sailing on Lake Pontchartrain and golfing.
In 1974, The Helms Family moved to the Bay Park subdivision on the Reservoir in Brandon. Mike worked for BIC, Eaton Corporation, and Multi-Craft while he pursued his Advanced Marketing Degree at Millsaps College. Mike was involved in community activities, playing tennis and golf, and raising his children. He enjoyed carpentry and building projects around the house and attending local high school football games. Boating and fishing on the Reservoir was his passion.
Upon retirement, he continued to enjoy his community activities and became involved in the Bridgepoint Homeowners Association serving as Treasurer and President. He loved traveling, visiting his daughters and grandchildren.
He met is fiancée, Joy Foster Harris of Magee, MS, in April 2016. They loved sports, attending Ole Miss football games, concerts, and visiting her family.
Mike’s family wishes to acknowledge his niece Kresty Banck for her support and advice to help manage his medical conditions in the last few weeks.
Mike is survived by his ex-wife Karin Helms, daughters Holly Helms Grundon (Bryan) of Lincoln, VT and their children Sarah Jane and Carlyle; Laura Helms Krohne (Nathan) and their children Austin and Isabella; his fiancée Joy Foster Harris; his brother & sister-in Law, Robbie & Suzi Banck of Franklinton, LA and his many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Presbyterian Church. You may share your condolences at www.sebrellfuneralhome.com.