Tony Edward Helms, 69, of Baxter Springs, Kan. passed from this life on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Integris Baptist Hospital, Miami, Okla.

Tony was born June 17, 1948 in Picher, Okla. to the union of Lawrence Lucion and Velma (McCoy). Tony attended and graduated from Baxter Springs High School. Early in his life he trained horses and enjoyed them throughout his life. He later worked at Yellow Freight in Baxter Springs and did a little construction on the side. His favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Linda Gough and Joann Helms.

Tony is survived by one son, Tony Helms; daughter, Tiffani Lacy and husband Sport of Miami, Okla.; two brothers, Mickey Helms and wife Jerry of Baxter Springs, Kan., and Butch Mathews of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Debbie Thomason of Baxter Springs, and “his favorite” Brenda Ray of Baxter Springs, Kan.; ten grandchildren, Anthony Helms and wife Brittany, Jesse and James Morton, Toni Jo Morton, Gracie Derfelt, Mylas Derfelt, Andrew Lacy, Peyton Lacy, Issac Lacy and Espn Lacy; two great grandchildren, Carter and Eleanor Helms.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 26, 2018 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Burial will follow in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Pastor Phil Shyers will officiate. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m., at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pallbearers for the service are Larry Gough, Steve Gough, Chris Casada, Calvin Casada, John Dinger, and Bo Jones. Online condolences may be expressed at