Helen Grace Egger Philpot passed from this life into the arms of our Lord on March 6, 2019 at the age of 101 years and 7 months. She died peacefully at Mena Manor in Mena, Arkansas, surrounded by her daughters.
Helen was born July 22, 1917, as the eldest child of Amos and Grace Egger. She was the matriarch of six generations of the Philpot family, with 86 total descendants. Helen had 5 children, 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 41 great, great grandchildren and 3 great, great, great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 56 years, Owen Philpot, brothers Ronald Egger, Dean Egger, sister Susie Egger Snelgrove, son Jim Philpot, grandson Stan Ryals, granddaughter Barbara Beck and great granddaughter Kari Lyle.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Mary Ryals and husband Leon, twins Nell Langston and husband Carlos, Dell Willhite, and Judy Cannon, her grandkids Dennis Philpot, Steve Philpot, Sandy Lyle, Melanie Titsworth, Terri Kenyon, Mike Ryals, Eudell Head, Keith Head, Tammy Rodgers, Donny Beck, Danny Beck, Deanna Beck, Denise Symens, and Stephanie Brown. And many other descendants.
Helen was born and raised in Highland, except for the three years her father was a fire watchman on Rich Mountain. The family lived below the lookout tower and walked the 2 miles to Eagleton weekly for supplies. She married Owen Philpot and lived in the Highland area. They also moved to Twain Harte, California twice in the 1930’s to work in the lumber industry, and eventually moved to Mena in 1982.
Helen was a homemaker and a Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church in Highland and Cherry Hill for 45 years. She was an excellent cook and seamstress, and loved to garden and crochet. She was devoted to her family and was a faithful Christian who loved to read the bible. While Helen didn’t want to leave her daughters here on Earth, she was ready to go home and be with the Lord, Owen, Jim, and other beloved family members already in Heaven. We will miss her but look forward to seeing her again someday.
Funeral services will he held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Methodist Church with Brothers Mark Lyle, Dennis Philpot and Joe Head officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery in Highland, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Philpot, Steve Philpot, Mike Ryals, Eudell Head, Keith Head and Curt Symens. Honorary pallbearers are Rick Brown, Donny Beck and Danny Beck.
online obituary available at Beasley Wood Funeral Home