James Wendell Helms of Italy, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. James was born to Leland and Nettie Gillespie Helms on March 3, 1933, in Avalon, Texas.

James worked as a mechanic for Ellis County. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid gardener. He loved his family and spending time with them.

James is survived by the love of his life, his wife Linda; two sons: Wendell Helms and his wife Dolores, and Terry Helms and friend Tina; step-daughters Jacqueline and Kerri; grandchildren: Christopher, J.J., Alyssa, Erika, Colleen, Brad, Sydney, Jacob, and Sophie; his siblings: Lloyd, Floyd, Bobbie Jean, Darrell, and Lynn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents and his son James Marvin Helms.