Helen O’Bannon LaCour passed away on November 25, 2018. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, in Sulphur Springs, MS to Benjamin Irving and Mary Louise Culipher O’Bannon. She graduated high school in 1943 from Camden High School and left to help her country during World War II as a telephone operator. She worked at Camp Van Dorn in Centreville, MS and later in Miami, Florida, and Atlanta, GA. She later returned to Canton and continued her work with the telephone company. She married Joseph Allen LaCour, Jr. in 1949. They had three children. She was active with her children in their activities such as swim team, boy scouts, girl scouts and the high school band. Helen was active in her church, Grace Episcopal, Women of the Church and serving as head of the Bazaar, she also served her church on the altar guild and as a Sunday School teacher. She was an active member of the Maids and Matrons Club and the Women’s Club of Canton Country Club. Other activities she enjoyed were traveling the world with her husband, cooking and feeding Canton friends, playing bridge, golf and her girls’ trips to Florida. After her children were grown she worked for the Madison County Tax Assessor’s Office before retiring. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Joseph Allen LaCour, Jr., brothers Benjamin Irving O’Bannon, Samuel Lee O’Bannon and sister Jewel O’Bannon Rasberry.
She is survived by her children, Irving Allen LaCour (Robyn) of Allen, Texas, David Holt LaCour (Perry) of Madison, and Janet LaCour Snow (Mark) of Canton, special niece Mary Lou McGowen Richards (Owen) of Yazoo City. Her grandchildren, Joseph (Kelly) LaCour, Michael LaCour (Kim), Madeleine LaCour Moseley (James), Erin LaCour, Ian LaCour (Leslie) Benjamin Snow (Sarah) and Whitney Snow Hull (Joey). She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, India, Bryce, Grace, Rohan, Margaret, Davis, Sally Kate, Landon, and Owen.
Special thanks goes to her loving and compassionate care takers Gwen Bunch, Maggie Chalmers, Vallerie Donald, Matasha Ford, Mary Luckett, Sarah McMurtay, and Shana Reed.
Visitation will be at Grace Episcopal Church on Tuesday, November 27 from 10:00 - 11:00am with services following at 11:00am. Burial will be at Canton Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to Grace Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 252, Canton, MS 39046 or Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA) 960 N. Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209.