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Helen Jean Barber Philpot

Helen Jean Barber Philpot, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas, peacefully passed away at her home on June 3, 2021. Helen was born July 16, 1931, in Acorn, to Elisha Barber and Viola Roberts Barber.

Helen grew up primarily in Acorn, and was a 1949 graduate of Acorn High School, where she as the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She married Wilton Owen Philpot in 1950, and the couple began their family in Mena. While construction job opportunities for Wilton took the family to Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois, the family moved back to Mena for good in 1966. Through the many journeys, Mena and Acorn were always home to Helen. 

Helen was a homemaker through the early years of her married life, and her work career included U.S. Motors for 15 years, Union Bank for 15 years, and at Edward Jones in Mena for 10 years. 

Helen loved God, she loved her family, family meals and gatherings, and she loved her church family at First Baptist Church in Mena. Helen enjoyed working outside, she loved gardening, and canning the harvest of her gardens. She loved people, and she loved working with the public. Her interactions with the public always brought a smile to her face.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elisha and Viola Barber; her son, Stephen K. Philpot; her husband of 52 years, Wilton Philpot; and seven siblings.

She is survived by her son Mike Philpot and wife, Shirley, of Mena; grandchildren Gary Steven Philpot and wife, Lana, of Oden; Andy Philpot and wife, Christena, of Mena; Matt Philpot and wife, Sarah, of Coweta, Oklahoma; and Alisha Mavis and husband, Brad, of Cary, North Carolina; nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Leon Philpot and wife, Monta, of Mena; sister-in-law Joyce Barber, of Little Rock; and dedicated caregiver Gail Lamb, of Mena.

Helen’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a graveside ceremony at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Pallbearers will be Gary Philpot, Andy Philpot, Drew Philpot, Brady Philpot, Nick Robertson, and Chad Pettigrew.

Viewing will be general at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday afternoon, June 6, and Monday, June 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be made toward the American Cancer Society.

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