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Helen Elizabeth Chamness

SHELBY - Helen Elizabeth Wells Chamness, age 86, of Shelby, MS, passed away on Tuesday December 18, 2018 at the Shelby Nursing and Rehabilitation. 


Visitation will be held Friday December 21, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland, MS.  Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, December, 22. 2018 in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Delta Heights Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Reverend Larry Braswell will officiate the services.


Helen was born on May 13, 1932 to Estus J. and Myrtle (Rodgers) Wells in Skene, Mississippi.  She graduated from Skene High School. She married Lawrence Chamness May 25, 1953 in Augusta Georgia.  They moved to Greenville, Mississippi to raise their family where Helen worked in retail for a number of years and as a cook on a river boat. In 1969 they moved back to Cleveland to work at Color Tile before moving to Columbus in 1986 where she worked at Micro Tech as an assembly line operator.  Helen was a member of East End Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi and locally attended Calvary Baptist Church for many years.

She loved to garden, make crafts, read and spend time with her family.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Estus and Myrtle Wells, husband, Lawrence Chamness, brothers, Billy Frank Wells and Ralph Lee Wells.


She is survived by her Children; Mildred Ann Chamness of Richland, MS, Patricia Chamness Price of Pearl, MS, Michelle Chamness Neely of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Mike Chamness of Ridgeland, MS. 2 brothers; James "Sonny" Wells of Texarkana, TX, Gary E. Wells of Skene, MS and Sister, Betty W Danna of Inverness, MS. She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.


Pallbearers will be Bill Ray, Taylor Oswalt, Ryan Oswalt, Drake Lofton, Patrick Wilkerson, and John Paul Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers are Drew Jones, Cody Boyd and Jason Atkins.


Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38501 or Samaritans Purse Ministries www.samaritanspurse.org.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register book may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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Sorry for your loss.

Billy Cannon Dec 24 2018 12:00 AM

We'll miss you Grandma

Jenna Dec 20 2018 12:00 AM

I am sorry for the family lost. I just met her once and thought she was a very sweet and loving person. Prayers for the family .. JIm and Marcia Hager

Marcia Hager Dec 20 2018 12:00 AM

May she rest in peace.

Chris Balducci Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

You are now rejoicing in heaven and suffering no more. You will forever live on in our hearts and memories.

Lisa Fletcher Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

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