Helen Jo Trantham

Aug 21, 2014

Deeply Loved

CANTON — Helen Jo Eller Trantham, 76, of Lunar Trace, entered into the arms of the angels Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

Helen was born Jan. 19, 1938, in Haywood County to the late George Eller and the Francis Coleman Eller. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was employed as a registered nurse many years ago. Her strong faith was an important part of her life and she was a dedicated member of Good News Baptist Church in Candler and was a member of the church choir. Helen was a wonderful homemaker and anyone who visited the Trantham home was welcomed with open arms and made to feel as if they were a part of the family. She was an exceptional cook and Helen’s delicious homemade chocolate fudge was known as the “5 pound candy” because, in her own words, “When you eat my fudge, you’ll surely gain 5 pounds.” Her lawn was filled with beautiful flowers and she especially loved roses. She was an avid Washington Redskins and NASCAR fan and Elvis Pressley was one of her favorite performing musical artists.

Helen had a loving and caring heart, a delightful personality and a great sense of humor. Everyone blessed to know her loved her.  A beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will remain in our hearts forever.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Trantham, who passed away in 2007; a son, Stephen Trantham; a grandson, Josh Trantham; sisters, Sue Sparks and Essie Mae Eller; and a brother, George Eller Jr.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen Trull and husband, Jerry, of Candler; sons, Kevin Trantham, of Bent Creek, and Jeff Trantham and wife, Crystal, of Spencer; grandchildren; Stephanie Rogers and husband, Jason, of Bethel, Gabriel Trantham, of San Marcos, Texas, Heather Trull, of Candler, and Darby Trantham, of Lexington; great-granddaughter, Kira Rogers; a sister, Nelma Jean Sherrill, of Orlando, Florida, and a brother, Carroll Eller, of Candler.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Good News Baptist Church in Candler. The Revs. Steve Smith and Jacob Smith will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good News Baptist Church in Candler, 1953 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Trantham family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.

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