Services for Earnest E. Hellen were held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Marvis Grant officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery with E.E. McDonald Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hellen, 79, of Meridian, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

He was born Aug. 14, 1932 to the late Albert Hellen and Ida Mae Davis Hellen. He joined Pilgrim Hill U.M. Church at an early age and later united with the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully as the Chairman of the Deacon Board until his health began to fail. He also served as an Honorary Member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a hard worker and always believed in providing for family. He worked for numerous years at Mosby's Meat Packing Company and retired from Owen's Brothers as well as Borden's Milk Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five children, Tommy Armstrong, Earnest Earl Hellen, Jr., Julia Mae Hellen, Charles Lindsey and Fernando Lindsey; one sister, Carrie Mae Dixon; four brothers, Jessie "Joe", Eddie, Henry, and Roy Hellen; one granddaughter, Jessica Renee Carlisle.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Hellen; six daughters, Debra (Tony) Cunningham of Birmingham, Ala.; Cathy (Andre) Hill of Atlanta, Ga.; Frances Johnson, Brenda Carpenter, Sylvia Hellen and Sandra (Kelby) Stennis, all of Meridian; three sons, Michael Hellen and Jeffrey Lindsey, both of Meridian; and Larry (Mattie) Coleman of Jackson; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; three sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.