Josephine Ellener Helton Edwards


Josephine Ellener Helton Edwards, 94, of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, at her home.

She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cordia and Russell Helton; husband, Ernest Elmer Edwards; son-in-law, Eddie Fulbright; sisters: Mary Ann Helton Hood, Elizabeth Leola Helton Wheeler, Maxine Louise Helton Conley, and Barbara Ethel Helton Kissell; and brother, Russell Wilbur Helton.

She is survived by her children: Elizabeth A. Fulbright of Cleveland, Sarah Jo Boyd and husband, Ken, of Maryville, and Jeanne E. Jackson and husband, J. Bruce, of East Ridge; grandchildren: Aaron Fulbright, and wife, Julie, Melanie Fulbright, Rissa Freeman, Miranda Flannigan, Brian Fulbright, Rebecca Serena Ott and husband, Brian, Andrew Boyd, Jules E. Jackson and Josiah P. Jackson; great-grandchildren: Liam Flannigan and Daphne Ott; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Her Life will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating.

Interment will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday.

You may watch the service via livestream at the funeral home’s Facebook page.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Edward family guestbook at



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