Helen Nix Macon, my Ma-ee’s sister, passed away on July 4th. I have so many good memories of her – Samford discussions, when she and Uncle Joe came to my baptism…she will be missed, but celebrated and remembered well!
Macon, Helen Nix passed away quietly in her home on July 4, 2010 at the age of 91. Funeral Services will be held July 7, 2010 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church 205 W. Bridge Street, Wetumpka, AL with Dr. James Troglen officiating and Ellison Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing. The family will receive friends preceding the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral. A graveside service at Pineview Memorial Gardens will follow the funeral service for the family and close friends. Family and friends who want to visit with the immediate family are invited to 103 Riverchase Ct. after the graveside.
Born June 21,1919 and reared in Maplesville, Alabama (Chilton County), Macon was the daughter of the late Harvey M. and Mae Potts Nix. Her brother, Harvey Nix, Jr., and her sister, Margaret N. Clapp, preceded her in death. She was married for 69 years to Joseph Alston Macon, Sr. who passed away January, 2010. Also, preceded in death was first born daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Carol Macon (at 3 years old), from life-long medical problems and her first born son, Joseph Alston Macon, Jr. (at 44 years old), after a struggle with cancer.
Helen Macon attended school in Maplesville, Alabama but graduated from the Alabama College Training School in Montevallo, Alabama due to shortage of funds closing the Chilton county schools. She continued her education at the University of Alabama graduating in 1940 where she was active in her sorority Phi Mu and was president of the Woman’s Government Association her senior year.
Macon was active in the community and civic affairs. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wetumpka for 70 years where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was an active member in WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) serving as president of District 12 and was on the WMU State Executive Board. She worked tirelessly to place the old sanctuary (chapel) of the First Baptist Church on the National Historical Register. She had many different careers in her life time—she was a Home Economics teacher, a homemaker, an insurance agent and a dietitian. She was the head dietitian for Elmore Country School System, at Elmore County Hospital and J.S. Tarwarter Development Center. She was instrumental in establishing the Women’s Auxiliary “Pink Ladies” at the Elmore County Hospital. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Samford University for 22 years where she and her husband established the “Joseph and Helen Macon Endowed Scholarship Fund”.
She was blessed with wonderful angel care-givers who helped her in her last hours: JoAnne Willis, Pat Hill, Marsha Greer, Amy Dukes, Epatha Nolen, Annie Martin, Carolyn Cummings, Angela Arias and Jessica Neighbors. Helping Hearts Hospice staff, including the chaplain Rev. Burton, also assisted with her care until her passing.
She is survived by son, Tom Macon; daughter, Mary Helen (Anthony), daughter-in-law Jo Rutledge (Rut); grandchildren, Joe (Jobo) Macon, III, Lee Macon (Misty), John Macon (Sarah), Kelly (Crystal), Macon Martin, Madison Martin; great-grandchildren, Caroline Macon, Mary Katherine Macon, Lexie Russo, Conner Russo, Harper Macon, Joseph Macon, Jacob Macon and Scarlet Macon.
Palbearers: John Macon, Joe (Jobo) Macon III, Lee Macon, Kelly Macon, Anthony Martin, Frank (Rut) Rutledge Honary Palbearers: Felix (Brother), Macon, Jr., Tommy McDow, James Hix, Clem Clapp, Harvey Clapp, Ed Clapp, Edwin Sanford and Lydia-Helen Macon’s Sunday School Class
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial contributions be made to the chapel fund at the First Baptist Church, 205 W. Bridge Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092 or to the “Joseph and Helen Macon Endowed Scholarship Fund” at Samford University 800 Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35229 or to the “Joe Macon, Jr. Scholarship Fund” at the University of Alabama 88 Orchard Trace, Wetumpka, AL 36093.