Helen Curtis Tullock, a resident of Delano, went to be home with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Harrison Tullock.
She celebrated her 92nd birthday on Nov. 27, 2013. She was the daughter of Emory Laurens Curtis and Elmeda Green Curtis.
She was a graduate of Etowah High School and Carson-Newman University. She taught at Etowah High School, Jefferson City High School, Spring Town Elementary School on Starr Mountain, and Dan Mills Elementary and Dalewood Elementary, both of which are in Nashville. She retired after 32 years of teaching.
She and John went on two one-year sabbaticals where they served in Ogbomosho, Nigeria. She served as teacher for missionaries’ children, taught English to the wives of students and creative writing at the Ogbomosho Baptist Seminary.
In her retirement years, she enjoyed writing stories about her experiences. She was published in “Home Life,” “Reminisce” and “Country.” She published seven books through Parson’s Porch and Company. Through her genealogical research, in 1994 she was awarded a certificate naming her a descendent of one of Tennessee’s first families by the East Tennessee Historical Society.
During their 64 years of marriage, she and John opened their hearts to include so many, and are cherished by those who called them Mom and Dad. Those include: Frani McLean of Dallas, Jesse and Glaucia Cerqueira of Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Pat and Linda Fife of Lawrenceburg, Ibiba and Beliefba Okpara of Nashville/Ogbomosho; Sture and Eva Anhland of Uppsula, Sweden, and her caregiver, Debra Meyer.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Gene Sizemore; son and daughter-in-law, Laurens and Polly Ailor Tullock; and daughters: Thelma Mankin and Sandra Taylor: grandchildren: Donald Martin, Chyna Brackeen, Jodi Martin, Jennifer Meadows and Will Tullock; great-grandchildren: Hayden Alexander Brackeen, Emily, Katherine and Elijah Meadows and Erin and Conner Martin.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Delano Cemetery in Delano.
A celebration memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Wetmore Baptist Church in Delano.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Helen C. Tullock Endowed Scholarship at Belmont University. This scholarship is given to a Belmont University senior woman who plans to work in ministry. Send gifts to Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville TN 37212-3757.
Pallbearers will be Gene Sizemore, Will Tullock, Jesse Cerqueira, David Tullock, Ibiba Okpara, Darrien Thomson, Victor Cerqueira, and John Okpara. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Ray Martin, and Hayden Alexander Brackeen.
Bordwine Funeral Home in Etowah is in charge of arrangements.
If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.