Allen Grant Helms

November 7, 2021

Allen Grant Helms passed away on November 7, 2021, at the age of 58. He lived life on his own terms, laid-back and marked by an independent spirit.  Grant graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1982 and spent several years working on a ranch in Jackson Hole, WY.  He loved the mountains and eventually found his true home in Boone, NC.

Grant was known for his sense of humor, his generosity, and his down-to-earth view of life. He loved his large extended family, his cat Porkchop, his wonderful neighbors Francis, J.L., and Mr. Ted, and his close-knit work family at Appalachian State. 

Grant is survived by his parents, Eleanor and Parks Helms; his sister Deborah (husband Watt); brother Gray; and too many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and friends to mention. 

A Celebration of Grant’s life will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 2:00 at Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service.  

There will be a small gathering to celebrate Grant’s life in Boone at a later date. Memorials may be made to Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209, or the Watauga Humane Society (SNIPS Program), PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Andy Jordan

    Very saddened to learn of Grant’s passing. My sincerest condolences to Eleanor, Parks,Deborah and Gray. To me, Grant was an “old soul” who was one of the kindest individuals I had the privilege of calling a friend. I will always remember him fondly. May God bring your entire family comfort and peace.
    Much love to you all.

  • Art Kessler

    My name is Art Kessler and my wife is Marge. I worked with Allen at App State in Boone, NC. He was a hard worker and a friend to all the workers. We were saddened to hear about his passing. We are both volunteers for the Watauga Humane Society and SNIPS! Thank you for being so kind in listing SNIPS of Watauga Humane Society for Memorials. Blessings to Allen's family! Peace be with you all! Sincerely, Art and Marge Kessler

  • Tina Motsinger

    Mr. & Mrs. Helms, Debra, & Gray, I was so sorry to hear of Grant's passing. I had not seen Grant in a very long time, but have thought of him fondly through the years. I have shared many tales of Grant, Jeff, a friends to Jeff & my 3 sons. Over the years, I was forever pointing out landmarks from their lives and adventures. They were both gone to soon, but I know that they will never be forgotten. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda Monteith Plant

    Dear Eleanor and Parks, I was so sorry to learn about Grant's passing. I discovered in the obituary that he lived a while in Jackson Hole, one of our favorite places. Though I did not know Grant, I see that he was a true nature lover. I will be thinking of you and your family.

  • Alison Meek Baker

    Dear Helms Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Grant’s passing. I’m deeply sorry your family is experiencing the pain of a loss like this. My heart goes out to you all along with many prayers.

  • Steve Motsinger

    Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Helms, and Deborah, I am very sorry to hear this news. I have many fond memories of Grant. He was a great friend to my brother Jeff and myself for many years. Will lift you in prayer during this difficult time.

  • Sandra Long Presnell

    Grant you were the best an im gonna miss you .. loved our front porch sitting

  • Laura E Huelin

    Dearest Helms family, I am so saddened for your loss. I remember all our great childhood memories growing up in Randolph Park. Grant was awesome. Sending you my deepest condolences and prayers. Laura