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Gary Randolph Helbert, Sr.

December 15, 1936 — August 19, 2023

Madison Heights

Gary Randolph Helbert, Sr.

 

Gary Randolph Helbert, a beloved member of the community, passed away on August 19, 2023. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ella Helbert; brother, Charlie Helbert; and sister, Peggy Hunt.

Born on December 15, 1936, Gary grew up in Richlands, VA where he developed a strong work ethic and a passion for learning. Gary served 4 years in the United States Air Force and was extremely proud to be a veteran of the armed services.

After completing his undergraduate education at East Tennessee State University, he achieved a master’s degree in education from The University of Virginia. Following positions of teacher and principal in Culpeper County, Gary moved to Lovingston where he assumed the role of Director of Instruction for Nelson County Public Schools. In 2000 he retired from Nelson County Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent of schools. During his long tenure Gary made significant contributions and earned the respect of his colleagues.

Gary's dedication to his family was unwavering. He and his loving wife Barbara were married for 62 years, and together they built a beautiful life filled with joy and cherished memories. As a father, Gary was a constant source of support and guidance to his children, Randy, and Wayne, instilling in them the values of compassion, integrity, and perseverance.

Beyond his family, Gary was deeply involved in his church community. He volunteered his time and expertise to various charitable organizations, making a positive impact on the lives of many. His selflessness and generosity were truly inspiring and will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to helping others.

In his free time, Gary enjoyed gardening and fishing. He and his wife Barbara were avid supporters of Nelson County and Amherst County High School sports. They also loved traveling to Blacksburg to support Virginia Tech football. He was a friend to all as he never met a stranger. Enjoyed discussing his faith and sharing his life’s experiences.

Gary's passing leaves a void in the lives of those who loved him. However, his spirit will live on through the memories he created and the lives he touched. He will be deeply missed by his sons, Randy (Kathy), Wayne (Sharon); four grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sister, Brenda and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Gary's life will be held Thursday, August 24, 2023, at Randolph Memorial Baptist Church, 4246 S Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, Virginia 24572 . Family will receive visitors from 1:00 p.m.  - 2:00 p.m. , with the memorial service beginning at 2:00 p.m.

 Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. in Briarwood Memorial Gardens, Amherst.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Randolph Memorial Baptist Church or Gideons International as these were both close to Gary's heart.

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, VA (434-263-4097).

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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, August 24, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Randolph Memorial Baptist Church

4246 S Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572

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Funeral Service

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Randolph Memorial Baptist Church

4246 S Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572

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Burial

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Briarwood Memorial Garden

1823 S Amherst Hwy, Amherst, VA 24521

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