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Helen A. Estep

Helen A. Estep, 92 of Kingsport, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, October 8, 2021. She was a member of Mayfield United Methodist Church, Kingsport. Helen loved ballroom dancing and spending time with her family. She retired from Ford Motor Company, as a legal analyst after 31 years of service.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Estep; parents, Emory and Della Moffitt Akers; sister’s Janie Mann and Marie Sexton. Left to cherish her memory is her sons, David Estep (Carol) and Jeffrey Estep (Jane); grandchildren, Michele Estep, Laura Champion (Zach), Kevin Estep (Kelly), Jonathan Estep (Loren); eleven great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert Akers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.

As one of her grandchildren wrote, “Her legacy is a rare blend of fierceness, love, generosity, curiosity, and kindness that we all feel and will carry with us every day”.

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Helen was a gem! She was kind, funny, hard-working and a pleasure to be around. During my work with her in the Orlando Region for Ford, you could always count on Helen to support everyone and it was a pleasure that she never held back what she had to say or contribute. God Bless you Helen!

Mike Kross Oct 12 2021 2:04 PM

I was most fortunate in having the opportunity to work with Helen for several years with Ford Motor Company. She was extremely knowledgeable and talented with her legal work at Ford. She was admired by her colleagues, dealers, consumers, and the state governments of Florida and Georgia. She served so well as a resource and mentor especially to new employees. It was so nice to see that she combined her love of dancing and the ocean with many cruises. She touched many and will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.

John Morse Oct 12 2021 12:36 PM

I met Helen when I went to work at Ford Motor Company's District Office in Jacksonville in 1981 and worked with her through 1989 when the office was relocated to Orlando. Helen was alwasy a postitive presence in the office a pleasure to work with. I was fortunate to have had he in my life and many thoughts & prayers to her and her family.

Cliff Martin Oct 12 2021 12:17 PM

I have very fond memories of working with Helen. I am so glad that our paths crossed. My condolences to her family.

Donna L Winslow Oct 12 2021 12:07 PM

We were saddened to learn of Helen's passing. For many years she was our wonderful Willowbrook neighbor. She always had a smile for us when we saw each other in the yard. Our condolences go out to Helen's family.

Earlene and Jack Lowe Oct 11 2021 4:29 AM

I got to know Cousin Helen better the last 20 years or so. We would try to meet once a year especially when Robert was in town. What a great lady. I will miss her. Prayers for David, Jeff, Robert and their families.

Bill Akers Jr Oct 11 2021 1:43 AM

I knew Helen Estep when I was growing up in Colonial Heights when her family lived on DeLee Drive. I was friends with Jeff and spent many hours at their house. She was a great mom and was always friendly and welcoming to kids, even when they were annoying. My sympathies to the Estep family.

Jeff Bradley Oct 10 2021 5:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Estep

Donna Sue and Tom Sawyer Oct 10 2021 8:44 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Estep

Virginia (Mackie) Washer Oct 9 2021 10:04 PM

With our sincere condolences.
From the staff of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home.

HD Oct 9 2021 12:56 PM