Helen Machen Prestwood went to Heaven on Aug. 28, 2019.
She is survived by her daughter, Joy Prestwood Belcher (Bob); special granddaughter, Jamie Sue Leming; three great-grandsons, Trey, Jake and Levi; stepdaughter, Barbara Prestwood King; a daughter by choice, Sonia Long and daughter, Summer Carter Loughridge and family.
She was preceded in death by James A. Prestwood; son, John Mark Prestwood; father, E.D. Machen Jr. and mother, Ruby Matthews Machen.
Helen spent most of her life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Highland Park Grammer School, Eastside Junior High and graduated from Central High School in 1944.
Helen attended Highland Park Baptist Church at the age of 9 and was a faithful member for over 40 years. Led to Christ by Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Garland Cofield and baptized by Dr. Lee Roberson.
During World War II, Helen worked at American Lava Corp., sawing radio insulators for airplanes. After the war she worked 16 years at SCT Co. in personnel, where she had the opportunity to attend Clemson University as one of the first female students in which she received Secretarial Certification. Later she was attorney Charles L. Claunch’s legal secretary.
Helen moved from LaFayette, Georgia, where she worked at Chattanooga Coin to Hollywood, Alabama (her birth place) in 1995. She worked in Scottsboro at Jackson County EDA.
She later moved to Lanett to be near her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandsons. She worked at Valley Sportsplex, Lanett Sports Center and Jane Farrar Senior Center until she was 85.
Helen was born happy and had a great love for people and was always smiling.
A graveside service will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetary, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 1-2 p.m., at Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.rudderfuneralhomes.com.