RINGGOLD Tommy Lester Helton, 72, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.Tommy was a lifelong resident of the Ringgold community, a varsity letterman from the Ringgold High School Class of '59, a member of Ringgold First Baptist Church, proud member of the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 and the father of two. He was employed up until his death with Signal Machine Inc. outside of Ringgold. He was a Ringgold Volunteer fireman, retiring with the rank of Captain after 25 years of illustrious service. He was a talented woodworker and earnest traveler and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James and Florence Helton as well as his great-nephew, Cody Helton.He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sue Lane Helton, son, Stacy Helton, daughter Amy (Shawn) Fletcher all of Ringgold, Ga.; four devoted siblings, Charles (Brenda) Helton, of Ringgold, Richard (Georgeann) Helton, of Rock Hill, S.C., Laura (Tommy) Garland, of Wedowee, Ala. and Danny Helton, of Mobile, Ala.; 11 nieces and nephews.Graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Rev. Jim Bailiff officiating.All whose life was touched by Tommy and his family, are invited for visitation from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, from 1-8 p.m. Sunday and until 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers donations can be sent in Tommy's name to the Chambliss Home Childrens Shelter, 315 Gillespie Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411.An online register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold.