Helen Melton Webber, age 94 of Clinton

Helen Melton Webber, age 94, of Clinton died peacefully at home February 28, 2017.

A hard worker her entire life, she possessed a steadiness and strength of character that made her the family rock. She was always looking out for and taking care of others.

She had an easy going manner, loved to laugh and was often quick with a witty remark for family and friends.

She was employed by the Manhattan project during WWII, and did the same work as the women in the now-familiar picture, seated on those tall stools and monitoring dials.

After the war, she spent 20 years as the head waitress at Clinton’s Park Hotel, greeting hungry patrons lined up in the hallway leading into the dining room. When the hotel closed she “went back to school” and trained to work at the K-25 and Y-12 plants. (She got a car and even learned to drive!) She retired as senior lab technician after 25 years.

Helen was a member of First Baptist Church in Clinton. She loved Pat Summit’s Lady Vols and watching Atlanta Braves games on TV. Her home was the center of family holidays and no Christmas was complete without her peanut butter divinity roll and 24-hour salad.

She was born in Belmont (part of present-day Andersonville) and moved with her family to the Clinton area after the Tennessee Valley Authority bought their land for Norris dam and state park.

She was preceded in death by grandson Brian Brewer; parents Worley and Carrie Melton, brothers Joe, Clarence, Charles and Jeff Melton, and sisters Lillie Melton King and Mildred Melton Shultz.

Survived by daughter Judy Webber Brewer and son-in-law Jerry; son Wallace “Wally” Webber and daughter-in-law Bonnie; granddaughters Rhonda Milen (Gary) and Tanya Webber (Dave); great grandson Dustin Jennings; and special niece Anna Belle King.

Also survived by nieces and nephews Brenda (Shultz) Shrader, Debbie, Donald and Mike Shultz; Shirley Allaway; great nieces and nephews Carole and Kenny King; Rob, John, and Gus Lawson; Amy, Joe, and Steve Shrader; Darryl Melton; and special friends Joyce Cabe and Marie Norman.

The family wishes to give special thanks to caregivers Kathy Anderson, Cleo Brooks and JoAnne Duncan for their devoted service, welcome companionship and many kindnesses.

The family will receive friends Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with service immediately following in the chapel with Rev. Terry Baker officiating.  Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  holleygamble.com


About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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