McMinnville resident and Fayetteville native Helen Cambron Elkins, 97, was born Oct. 15, 1914 and died Dec. 23 at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville following a brief illness.
Mrs. Elkins graduated from Tennessee College for Women in Murfreesboro in 1938 and did graduate work at Peabody College. She began teaching at City Grammar in McMinnville in 1936 and retired from the Warren County School System in 1980. For 75 years she served as organist for First Presbyterian Church and for twenty-one years served the Noon Rotary Club and pianist. In 1998 she was named an honorary member of the Rotary Club and designated a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1998 she was named Retired Teacher of the Year by the Retired Teachers of Warren County. In 2007 she was named Co-Woman of Achievement of the Year by the Southern Standard. She was active in religious circles, having been a member of First Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years.
She was the daughter of the late Carl McPherson and Ruth Dance Cambron. She was married to Robert Aubrey Elkins who preceded her in death October 23, 1983.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Connell E. Horn of Nashville; nephew, Stephen E. Horn of Nashville; two nieces, Susan Lundy of Atlanta, Ga., and Diane Jewell of Taylors, S.C., and several great-nieces and nephews.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Mt. View Cemetery with Rev. Harry Green and Pastor John May officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or First Baptist Church both c/o High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 28, 2011