Helen was born on September 8, 1933 in Washington County, Florida, to Willard Wilburn Kent and Jennie Sewell Kent. A lifelong resident of the panhandle, Helen worked as a cashier for the vast majority of her career; in addition, she was also a Kindergarten Teacher at Kate Smith Elementary School for a period of time as well as serving as the secretary for the University of Florida. Helen was of the Pentecostal faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Willard and Jennie Kent; husband: Ira Deese; daughter: Beth Smith; brother: Buddy Kent; sister: Sarah Hall.
She is survived by her sons: Danny Tate (Kelly) of Cottondale, FL, Dennis Williams of Bradenton, FL, Dale Williams; grandchildren: Philip Smith (Leann) of Bay County, FL, Tiffany Hitchcock (David) of Cottondale, FL, Taylor Tate (Tia) of Cottondale, FL; eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Cottondale, Florida, with Rev. James Gray Braxton officiating. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.
A private family viewing will be held the same day.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Chipley.