Ronnie E. Helton

Ronnie E. Helton

May 23, 1945 - March 11, 2023

Ronnie E. Helton, 77, of Corbin passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023.  Born May 23, 1945, in Gray, Kentucky, he was the son of the late John William Helton and Clara Mildred Harris Helton.

In addition to his father and mother, Ronnie was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie Helton, Jr.; sister, Fay Smith; sister, Betty Roosa; sister, Cleta Messer; and sister, Patsy Shackleford.

Ronnie leaves behind his loving wife, Linda G. Helton; daughter, Florence Vaughn (Jeff); daughter, Sherri Smith (Roy); son, Randy Helton, (Julie); three brothers: John Helton, Don Helton, and Harold Helton;  six grandchildren: Will Salisbury, Taylor Salisbury, Whitney Smith, Jena Helton, Josh Helton, and Brianna Helton; and sister-in-law, Karen Harris (David).  He is also survived by several great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives, and numerous friends.

Always a pleasant man, Ronnie never met a stranger.  He greeted everyone with a big smile and an engaging personality.  Indeed, his laughter was contagious.  When he entered a room, it instantly lit up.

Ronnie was a man of many talents.  He loved all types of construction and could build a house from top to bottom.  There was never a task too big for him.

He was also a talented musician who thoroughly enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.  He sang in many churches and nursing homes. Meanwhile, Ronnie, who was an avid gardener, found joy in raising and sharing his fruitful vegetable produce with family and friends.  He loved life to its fullest.  He appreciated and found joy in the small, simple things in life.

Ronnie’s love for God was evident in everything he did.  He fought bravely during his illness, never complaining and always leaving his doctors, nurses, and caregivers with a smile on his face and theirs.

Ronnie was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him, both family and friends, especially by his Hart Funeral Home friends who considered him family.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Travis Baker, Tanner Baker, B.J. McKinney, and Terry Seals officiating.  Entombment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery with Adam Harris, Christopher Harris, David Harris, Jeff Vaughn, Brian Arnett, and Terry Seals serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 P.M. Wednesday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.

A special thank you goes out to the Corbin Baptist Health CCU staff, especially to Dr. Mullins and Mallory, R.N.


  • Charlotte Long
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 March Reply

    Randy my prayers are with you and the family.

  • Rebecca Mason
    Posted at 15:24h, 14 March Reply

    Psalm 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

  • Tammy Elliott -Cannon
    Posted at 20:12h, 14 March Reply

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dear Sweet Dad. He was a good Christian man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏❣️,Tammy Elliott -Cannon

  • Mary S Forbes
    Posted at 10:45h, 15 March Reply

    Linda, and all family: My deepest sympathy to you all. Sorry I didn’t know Ronnie was ill, I always loved him. Haven’t been to Corbin in years, health issues keep me from going much. Prayers and love to all.., J W, Don and Harold too.
    May God comfort and give peace, as onhe can. Love, Mary Forbes(1st cousin)

  • Nina A. Skinner
    Posted at 06:23h, 12 April Reply

    My condolences goes out to this family.. As a young girl I loved to hear their singing and music. He was a good man of God.. 🙏

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