Stephen Carroll Fox-Helser

stephen fox-helser

March 10, 1949 ~ March 26, 2024

Born in: Raleigh, North Carolina
Resided in: Joelton, Tennessee

Stephen Carroll Fox-Helser peacefully passed away March 26, 2024, at his home in Joelton, TN.

A retired artist, carpenter, teacher, and nurse, Stephen was known for his eccentricity and creativity. After growing up in Raleigh, NC, Stephen spent most of his life in Burke County, NC until moving to Tennessee in 2021. He maintained a strong work ethic, sense of humor, and spiritual life despite coping with debility for many decades.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Debra Fox-Helser, children, Emily Daniels and Nathan Fox-Helser, son-in-law, James Daniels, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Kelley, grandchildren, Gabriel, Madeleine, Aidan, Micah, and Iris, brothers, Kenneth Helser and Russell Helser, and many other family and friends.

Stephen will be laid to rest at Larkspur Conservation Preserve in Westmoreland, TN on April 14 at 11am. All are welcome to attend.

Stephen’s family would like to thank Alive Hospice for their care during Stephen’s last months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alive Hospice or Larkspur Conservation.

Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, Nashville, TN (615) 857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.

Services

Natural Burial: April 14, 2024 11:00 am

Larkspur Conservation @ Taylor Hollow
155 Bear Carr Road
Westmoreland, TN 37186


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  1. It was an honor to get to know Stephen and to work for him and alongside him the past couple years. He was a truly unique, wild, mischievous individual – full of life and zeal and unlike any person I’ve met before. I know he took great pride in his family and friends and I’m grateful to consider myself a small part of that group of folks. I will miss his pranks and his outside-the-box way of thinking. And I will think of him often. Love to his family in their time of grieving and healing.

  2. Prayers for the family. I am so thankful for all of the seeds of faith Steve sewed in my life over the years that I had the privilege of knowing him and Debra.

  3. It is almost impossible to imagine Stephen gone from us. Our friendship wasn’t long but it was instantaneous. We never tired of talking. We shared the same love of fishing, carpentry, building things. He was a fella with tremendous faith and inner strength. We fished together his last months on Edisto Island where I live. I could go on and on about the respect and admiration I had for Stephen. The time was cut so short on our friendship. I say to Stephen Fly High my dear friend. I will never hold my fishing rod again that you are not right there

  4. I WAS SADDENED TO LEARN OF STEVE’S PASSING AND WAS UNAWARE THAT HIS HEALTH WAS CRITICAL. I WAS BLESSED TO KNOW STEVE AND HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. MY CONDOLENCES TO DEBRA AND THE CHILDREN. HE WILL SURELY BE MISSED.


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