Roy Lester Helton Sr., 87, of Lexa, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

Roy Lester Helton Sr., 87, of Lexa, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by his wife and children. 

Mr. Helton was born April 5, 1928 at Arkadelphia to the late Jerome Curby (J.C.) Helton and Lucille Malcom Helton and was affectionately known as “Mr. Lester” to all his friends.  He was a retired farmer and a long-standing member of the Lexa Baptist Church.  Lester served on Beaver Bayou Lick Creek Drainage District since 1978.

He leaves his wife of 25 years, Frances Lederman Helton; three children, Patricia Cormier (Richard), Kathleen Simpson (Lynn) and Roy Lester Helton Jr. (Barbara); 10 grandchildren, Jeff Meiers, Steven Boyd, Marc Boyd, Peyton Simpson, Courtney Taphorn, Leslie Helton, Hillary Green, Drew Simpson, Colleen (C.J.) Helton and Rory Helton; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Hardy; three sisters-in-law, Annie Helton, Betty Helton and Deloris Helton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Colleen Helton, his parents, three brothers, James Helton, Robert Helton and Alfred Helton, and a sister, Mildred Butler.

Visitation for Lester Helton will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 19 at Lexa Baptist Church with graveside services at Sunset Memorial Park in Helena-West Helena. Brother Tommy Jacobs and Brother Joe Garner will officiate.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Lexa Baptist Church, P.O. Box 189, Lexa, AR 72355 or to Arkansas Baptist Home for Children, 222 West Pope Street, Monticello, AR 71655.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Helena-West Helena, will direct services.  Relatives and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/westhelena.