Raiford Earl Helton



Raiford Earl Helton, age 70 of Laurinburg passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Raiford was born May 29, 1948 in Greene County, Tennessee, the loving son of the late Moss Earl Helton and Evelyn Gosnell Helton. He was self employed as a contractor and formerly worked with the Laurinburg Housing Authority. He attended Gibson Pentecostal Holiness Church. He enjoyed wood working, fishing, and working in his yard. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Raiford was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend who will truly be missed.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Thomas R. Grant and daughter, Connie Grant.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Margaret Clark Helton of the home; daughters, Sheila Tsalamandris (Lou), Orgerie Godwin (Jerry), all of Laurinburg; six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel officiated by Rev. Tony Clark and Joel Quick. Burial will follow with military honors in Pinecrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Richard Boles Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Raiford’s memory to be given to Scotland Cancer Treatment Center, 500 Lauchwood Drive, Laurinburg, NC 28352.