Local Church Leader Helen Dam Checked-Out and Went Home

(L-R) Larry McElroy and Helen Dam at the 200th anniversary of Hopewell Presbyterian in Milton (2016).

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Helen Dam was receiving therapy when she told them that she wanted to check out and go home. One of Murfreesboro’s cheerleaders and encouragers passed away Friday (12/14/2018) morning. A memorial service will be 3:00 o’clock this coming Tuesday afternoon, December 18, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, corner of College and Spring Streets.

She and her late husband, Rev. Herman Dam, brought life to several Middle Tennessee Presbyterian congregations (PC-USA): Murfreesboro Northminster, Buffalo Valley, Silver Point Mattie Smith Memorial, Readyville Cripple Creek, Milton Hopewell, Stones River and Woodbury.

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Helen was known for her quick wit and gifts as a pianist and organist. She is best remembered for always helping others. Even in her later years, she would phone and encourage others.

Murfreesboro resident Larry McElroy, who serves on the Middle Tennessee Presbytery, said, "She was a special, joyous, talented lady. She was the organist for Stones River Presbyterian Church in the mid 1980s. She would bring my elderly aunt with her. She was a loving care giver to Herman. Thanks be to God for her living and working among us."

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Murfreesboro community leader Mark Blackwelder commented, "Above all, Helen was a prayer warrior. No matter the issue or how busy she was, she would stop and listen to your needs and pray for you for whatever the need. She was always there for you. She loved her family and church family. She was the person you wanted to be on your side in real estate transactions because you knew she was in your corner. She was very strong willed and stood up for her convictions.
Most of all she loved her lord and savior, family and church family at First Presbyterian Church."

He noted, "It hurt to see her suffer over the past several years as her health failed, but she kept the faith. She was determined to stay home rather than be in a nursing home. With the exception of the past few weeks and her families chagrin, she did just that."

Blackwelder concluded, "It has been an honor and privilege to call you my (Dam) friend."

Bart Walker, who is an elder at First Presbyterian, commented, "Helen and Herman got several of us together for breakfast and fellowship on a monthly basis. Friendships created those decades ago are still strong, even though many have scattered to other parts of the world. She really cared about others and let you know it."

Obituary

Helen Carter Dam, age 81, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at NHC Health Care. She was a native of Davidson County, but has lived most of her life in Rutherford County. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a successful entrepreneur and a realtor finishing her career with Bob Parks Realty.

Helen was known for many things, some being awarded Realtor of the Year, motivational speaking and playing the piano throughout the community. She was also known for loving and devoting her life to her friends and church.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Dam, parents; Harold and Mildred Anderson Carter and sister, Carolyn Hassall. She is survived by her son, Mark (Lesa) Davis, daughters; Melissa (Jeff) Parker and Polly Bullock, grandchildren, Minden Bullock, Lauren (Matthew) Brandon, Ryan Parker and Reagan Parker, great-grand children; Graham Bullock, Gregory Brandon, Fletcher Brandon, and Alexandra Brandon, sister, Ruth (Sam) Walters and brother-in-law, Harry Hassall.

A memorial service will be 3:00 o’clock this coming Tuesday afternoon, December 18, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend John Hinkle officiating. There will be a reception in the church’ Common Room after the service. A private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church Prayer Room Ministry

Arrangements are being handled by Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St. Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615) 893-2422. Please leave condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.

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