William Oliver Helton
William Oliver Helton
  • August 1, 1924 - November 26, 2017
  • Quinton, Virginia

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HELTON, JR., William Oliver "Buddy", 93, of Quinton, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017. In October 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and worked as an aircraft mechanic where he was assigned to the 15th Air Force 454 Bomber Group, serving in Italy. During which, he was promoted several times and received numerous citations. Upon returning to the states at the end of WWII, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves during which time he was promoted to SSGT and TSGT. In civilian life, he worked at various auto dealerships as a mechanic and service department manager. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Mitchell Helton. Bud is survived by grandson Keefe Butler; granddaughter Kalle Butler Waterhouse; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, December 8th, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Nelsen Reception Center, 4660 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23231 followed by a procession to Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4000 Pilots Ln., Richmond, Va. 23222. In lieu of flowers, Buddy requested that donations be made to New Kent County Animal Shelter, 6301 Olivet Church Rd., Providence Forge, Va. 23140. Online condolences may be conveyed at www.NelsenRichmond.com