From: Virginia Tech Facilities Department

Rudolph “Rudy” Helms, age 90, of Blacksburg, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at his home. He was born in Merrimac, Virginia, on May 2, 1929 to the late Ervin E. and Nora Price Helms.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa “Terry” Helms, granddaughter, Lacie Helms; sisters, Dorothy Helms Fulks and Phyllis Helms Humphreys; and brothers, Ervin Helms Jr., James “Jimmy” Helms, Richard “Dickie” Helms, and Samuel “Sam” Helms.

He was a longtime member of Alleghany Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon for many years. He retired from the Virginia Tech Facilities Department in 1991, and spent the next 15 years dabbling in carpentry. Helms loved to trout fish, rabbit hunt, but above all else, spend time with his family.

Left to cherish his memory, his wife of 69 years and childhood sweetheart, Hilda Hodge Helms; daughter, Penny Helms White and husband, Roger; son, Mark Steven Helms and wife, Kym; grandchildren, Jesse Helms, Casey Helms, Kelsea Helms and finance, Austen, Hunter Maddy, Parker White; great granddaughter, Skyler Helms; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Lelia Helms, sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Larry Wrenn; and sister, Pamela Clay.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Alleghany Church of Christ. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. 

Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Alleghany Church of Christ 2095 N. Franklin St. Christiansburg, Va. 24073. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

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