Leonard Helton Jr.
Leonard Helton Jr. Leonard Jefferson Helton Jr., 89, of Chattanooga died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in a local hospital. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Mr. Helton was former owner of Helton Auto Air for many years. He was also former president of the Tennessee Retail Gasoline Dealer Association. A World War II Veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Helton was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Helton. Survivors are his daughter, Ann (Billy) Sims; and son, Len Helton, all of Chattanooga; sister, Kathleen Slatton, Rossville; grandchildren, Chris Hays, Andrew Helton, Michael Sims, Nick Helton, Anthony Sims and Nathan Sims; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel with Rev. Bruce Sloan officiating. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort and view the memorial tribute. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.