Carthage, NC
Wyatt Wilson Helsabeck, Jr. died August 29, 2013 in Florida.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, September 20 at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Sammy Frye. Burial will follow with military honors at Cross Hill Cemetery.
A native of Troy, Wyatt was the last surviving child of Wyatt and Lula Helsabeck. He graduated from Troy High School and Pfeiffer Junior College. He served his country during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign in New Guinea and Luzon. After his service time he attended Florida State University and the University of North Carolina. He served as a librarian consultant at Mecklenberg County Library in Charlotte, retiring in 1973 to Port Charlotte, FL. He also wrote three novels, two plays and two books of poetry.
He is survived by: his nephews Donald J. Helsabeck of Morehead City, NC, Wyatt M. Helsabeck of Lexington, NC, Jack Lewis of Ramsuer, NC, James F. Russell of Carthage, NC; great-niece Carla Hughes of Conway, SC.
Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the family with the service.

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  1. I’ll miss the times spent at the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall, scratching off out lottery tickets, and talking about anything and everything. I’ll miss his stories of all he did during his life. And also our lunches daily at Ruby Tuesday at Port Charlo

  2. I knew Wyatt only two years but he captivated me immediately and touched my life significantly. It always was a joy to come to my business place here at the Mall, knowing that he would be here to start my day with a lottery purchase and some witty dialogu

  3. Wyatt-I have missed you since I left the newspaper kiosk at the Mall in Port Charlotte. You were one of my best customers. You were a brilliant man! The years you spent on this planet Earth have made it a better place for all. May God grant you peace. Ste

  4. I knew Wyat at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, 310 N. Tryon St., in the late 60s and early 70s, when he taught and mentored more new librarians than any head of reference. He was unfailingly helpful and always saw the humor in th

  5. I worked with Wyatt in the Reference Department of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County from September 1978 until the mid-1980s. The photo here captures him, looking kind of stern but always sparkling with great humor and insight behind

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