of Oark, AR
September 23, 1955 - January 16, 2023
Gary Lee Helker, 67, of Oark, died Monday, January 16, 2023, in Little Rock. He was born September 23, 1955, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to James Dennis & Cora Lorene (Elmore) Helker. Gary is a retired Navy Veteran, during his time of service he received the National Defense Service Medal. Gary enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, anything outdoors, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his friends and family.He is preceded in death by his parents.Gary is survived by his wife Peggy (Rogers) Helker of Oark; son Todd Helker of Booneville; daughter Tera (Terry) Speaks of Booneville; bonus daughter Elisa Adams of Russellville; bonus son Kenny Cooper of Dardanelle; and bonus son Eric Cooper of Dardanelle; twelve grandchildren Mallory Speaks, Abbie Speaks, Payge Martin, Kayla Stevens, Dalton Cooper-Adams, Harley Adams, Isabella Cooper, Lily Cooper, Daisy Cooper, Christopher Cooper, William ''Will Will'' Cooper, and Kyle Cooper; seven great grandchildren Dallas Martin, Paxton Martin, Savannah Brook Pfeifer, McKinley Renee Burton, Oliver Kirk Stephens, Indie June Stephens, and Brenlie ''Bean'' Cooper and numerous friends and family.Cremation is under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/clarksville.
He will be missed
Buddy I sure going to miss you! You were an awesome person to have in my life.
Mr. Helker you are loved and missed by me. You were like a father figure to me growing up. I love you like a father. And will really miss.
He loved us all .was a man with the biggest heart that any one could have. I will miss him camping and fishing and just being with me.But he's fishing with his buddy's and family I was blessed to have the time I did .the most happy 17 years of marriage and a life time friend. From the time I was 18 years old he been there for me and my family all the time.and the night he got his wings he told me he loved me and was waiting for me on the other side allways remember to love one and another because we don't know when it will us â¤ðŸ’” gone fishing and I'll see you there tell everyone hello for me .
You are truly missed, you was a hero and am amazing man. You touched so many of our hearts with all your love.
Gary was like a brother to me when we were kids. My brother and I spent a lot of time in Hartford, Ark. Gary was always taking us somewhere, whether it was hiking up the mountain to pick blackberries, to go fishing, swimming or trying to catch an elusive, giant craw dad in the creek. He would come to Tulsa and spend time with us in the summer. He used to try to teach me to spit. I never got the hang of it. Gary was a good spitter. Gary was a kind and loving man. His gentle spirit lives on. I look forward to seeing him again when I transition. Gary, you are in my heart and soul. Just knowing that youâ€™re no longer in this dimension leaves a big hole in many lives.I love you forever my dear cousin.My deepest condolences to all that knew and loved him.
Rip Gary you will be missed. Gone but not forgotten
Will surely miss him I wasn't in Garys life for long but I got the best of him he left behind in his daughter will see you in heaven one day
I love you Dad and you will be missed. But Iâ€™m happy you are visiting with all the people who left before you. God made you a very special soul and he called it back homeâ€¦ see you when my name is called.. love always your daughter Tera
The best Papa ever, Iâ€™m so happy to have been blessed with a grandpa that accepted me as his own. We will miss you always, until we meet again. Rest In Love Papa Gary. Fly High. â™¥ï¸
You will be missed a lot you were a great man we love you Gary
Peggy, Iâ€™m so sorry for your loss. Gary was a great person and I will miss his out going since of humor. I know you are surrounded by a very close and loving family and they will help you get through this trying time.
My deepest condolences to peggy in family....I will keep you all in my prayers