Ted Helms

Ted Helms, 73, of Knoxville, TN passed away on March 28, 2021.

Ted was a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in public health and safety. He worked at Oak Ridge National Lab for most of his career. He had a passion for cooking, photography, biking and hiking, tennis, playing bridge, classical music and travelling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mary Helms; sisters, Barbara Bumgarner and Mable Helms.

Survivors include nephew, Nelson Bumgarner; nieces, Susan Biglin and Lori Bumgarner.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ted’s memory to Church Street United Methodist  (900 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902) or Amedisys Hospice Care (1420 Dutch Valley Dr, Suite C, Knoxville, TN 37918).

The family will have a private service.

Posted in Obituaries.


  1. Ted was a great person, friend, co-worker, and boss. We shared a lot of laughs and fun through the years. I am happy he is not suffering any more.

  2. Ted was such a wonderful man. He will be missed dearly. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
    Condolences to his family.

  3. Sending love and support to this special family! He was a great man and will be missed. Thinking and praying for your family.

  4. I was saddened to hear this news. We worked together for many years at the old K-25 Site in Oak Ridge. I have many funny stories to cherish as Ted had a keen sense of humor. My condolences to his family.

  5. I worked with Ted at the K-25 site. Ted was a wonderful supervisor and a very nice man. My prayers are with his family.

  6. Ted will be greatly missed by us and all of our Discovery class at Church Street UMC. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Ted was a good and faithful servant and son He will truly missed by all he touched He has a true legacy

  8. I knew Ted from our work at the K-25 site and social events in Oak Ridge in earlier days. Very sad to learn of his serious illness and passing. My sympathy goes out to his family.

  9. Ted was a great man with a kind heart. He had a great sense of humor and loved life. Heaven has gained an angel.

  10. Ted was my husband’s cousin. To know Ted, you loved him. He was such a good person and so fun to be around. I have heard many stories from Johnny and his brothers of some of the crazy things they did growing up together. His good nature served him well with some of the crazy things they did. I got to know him for a long time and I found him to be a very kind and humble person. He was very well thought of by the people who knew him. He truly will be missed by his family and friends.

  11. Ted was a cousin of mine. We grew up together in Crouse, North Carolina. Our families were very close. Ted was kind, humorous, and most of all very intelligent yet humble. As adults we kept in touch by various means of communication. I’m so happy I talked with him shortly before his passing. He was an optimist and never complained about his medical condition.
    He will be missed, but I just know he no longer suffers and is with God.

    Sallie Baker Beam

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