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Derek Helms

December 20, 1984 — September 26, 2022


DEREK KEITH ALONZO HELMS, 37, passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2022, at his home in Kennedale, TX.

Derek was born on December 20, 1984, in New Braunfels, TX, to Darrell and Taeksun Helms.

Derek grew up in Kennedale, TX. He graduated from Kennedale High School in 2003.  After high school he attended Tarrant County College in Arlington, TX, where he received his Associates Degree.  He started building fences in 2009 and, in 2017, partnered with his brother to form their own company, Legacy Fence. He took pride in his work and the best part of his job was seeing smiles on the faces of happy customers.

Derek enjoyed playing poker with his friends, collecting sports cards with his dad & brother, watching sports, and spending time with his family.  Above all else, he loved and cherished his daughter, Haley.  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Derek is survived by his daughter, Haley Helms, of Fort Worth, TX; his parents, Darrell and Taeksun Helms of Kennedale, TX; his sister, Kimberly Latrasse of Arlington, TX; his brother, Daniel and wife, Tiffany, of Arlington, TX; his nephew, Jeremiah Latrasse of Arlington, TX; his niece, Aubree Shaver of Arlington, TX; his nephew, Declan Helms of Arlington, TX; and countless friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Emerald Hills Funeral Home at 500 Kennedale Sublett Rd, Kennedale, TX 76060 at 2pm on Monday, October 3, 2022. A visitation will be held just prior to the funeral at 1pm for family to greet friends and relatives.  Burial will follow at Emerald Hills Memorial Park.

Thank you for your sympathy and kindness.  We are grateful for your support at this difficult time and deeply appreciate your thoughts and prayers.


The Helms

“May the winds of heaven blow softly, and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you, and wish that you were here” - Unknown

John 14:1-3

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 3, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

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Interment following funeral service

Monday, October 3, 2022

Emerald Hills Funeral Home & Memorial Park


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