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HELMS, William DR. WILLIAM COLLIER HELMS Dr. William Collier Helms was born in Griffin, Georgia September 11, 1920, the son of Collier W. Helms and Jane Phinazee Helms. He died on Saturday, March 17, 2012. His family moved to Atlanta when he was in high school. Dr. Helms graduated from Boys High School and attended Emory University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and graduated at the age of 19. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and was a 40 year Life Member of the Capital City Club. Dr. Helms received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland and received his internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Helms practiced at Piedmont Hospital for forty four years, delivering over 5,000 babies, before retiring in 1992. He was a former Chief of Obstetrics and a former President of the medical staff at Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Helms was a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was a founding member of the Atlanta Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He was also a member of the Atlanta Clinical Society, the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Atlanta. Dr. Helms was a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While in the Navy during the Korean War he was Chief of the Gynecological and Obstetrical Department at the United States Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. He was an Emeritus Clinical Professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of The Emory University School of Medicine. At different times in his years of practice, Dr. Helms was associated with Dr. Frederic R. Minnich, Dr. Mark Pentecost, Dr. Gerald Sutterfield and Dr. John Ramsey. Dr. Helms was married to his wife of 59 years, Helen Meharg Helms who died February 7, 2001. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Helen Helms Stewart and her husband J. Douglas Stewart of Gainesville, Georgia, William Collier Helms III and his wife Anne Ball Helms of Charleston, South Carolina, Jane Helms Allen and her husband Nelson J. Allen of Alpharetta and John Wagner Helms and his wife Susan Roberts Helms of Atlanta. Dr. Helms is survived by six grandsons: Jon Douglas Stewart Jr. and his wife Brennan Moseley Stewart of Atlanta, William Andrew Stewart and his wife Ellen Benson Stewart of Gainesville, William Collier Helms IV, Moultrie Ball Helms and Robert Carter Helms and his wife Beverly Mebane Helms of Charleston South Carolina, John Wagner Helms, Jr. of Atlanta and step grandson Jeffrey Stephen Allen and his wife Abby Wilson Allen of the Cayman Islands and granddaughter Kathleen Heath Helms of Atlanta. He is also survived by two great granddaughters: Elizabeth May Stewart and Emily Ellen Stewart both of Gainesville, Georgia. Funeral Services are planned for Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 pm at H.M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Oglethorpe Hill. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia, 1435 Haw Creek Road, suite 402, Cumming, Georgia 30041
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2012
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