Harold Helton's Personal Biography
Grandson of Anna Belle Dollie Moody Helton, a full
Blood Cherokee born on the Cherokee Reservation.
Great Grandson of Millie I Brimm Edwards, a full
Blood Cherokee. He was born Dec 6, 1949 in Conway Arkansas. His parents
are Flossie Mae Russell Helton and the late Nathan Gerald Helton. He graduated from Conway, Arkansas High School.
Attended University of Central Arkansas for 2 years Majoring in
Accounting. Promoted to Company 1ST Sergeant for University of Central
ROTC program and was Commander of the ROTC Drill Team. Member US Army
Joined the Conway Arkansas Police Department as a patrolman and
Completed basic training at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training
Academy. He was awarded the Sharpshooter Award while at the academy for
his skills with his service revolver.
Named Patrolman of the Year for Conway Police Department for his
outstanding and professional police work and ethics. The Later part of
1972 he was promoted to Police Narcotics Officer in the Criminal
Appointed to the City of Conway Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Began work full time for his longtime friend and former mayor of Conway in the real estate business in Conway.
Moved to Hot Springs Arkansas and worked for Clearwater Development and
Real Estate as Resort Manager and Finance Officer which involved the servicing of over $3,000,000.00 in contract loans.
Started First Factoring Inc, in Hot Springs Arkansas to collect on
1990 - Lifetime member: Arkansas Senior Democrats, Arkansas Democratic Party.
Moved First Factoring Inc from Hot Springs, AR to Conway, AR and
converted it to just a check collection agency with total contracts of
over 1,000 business' in 17 states as of May 2007.
Member of Conway Arkansas Area Chamber of Commerce.
Appointed Chairman of the Main Street Committee of the Conway Area
Chamber of Commerce and remained chairman for 4 years where he setup the
re-development and re-vitalization of Downtown Conway, Ark. Which is
one of the most vibrant and growing downtown's in Arkansas.
Elected Co-chairman of the University of Central Arkansas Alumni
Association Events Committee.
Elected to a second term as Co-chairman of the University of Central
Alumni Association Events Committee
Appointed by the City of Conway Arkansas to a 5 year term on the Oak
Grove Cemetery Board. This board oversees and operates a 24 acre public
cemetery in Conway.
Lifetime member of the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association.
Elected President of the Oak Grove Cemetery Board a 501c3 organization.
Harold Helton has remained the President of the board since 2004 and he
has increased the funding to the corporation by 60% during his tenure as
president. This is while building new roads and paving existing one,
building a pavilion and putting up signs They are currently putting
the data base on computer as well as the lots. And they are currently applying to the National Register of Historic Places with the Department
Setup meetings with Congressman Marion Berry, Congressman Vic Snyder and
Senator Mark Pryor to ask for their help in our quest for federal
recognition. Worked with Senator Gilbert Baker, Representative's Betty
Pickett, Preston Scroggins and Robbie Wills to introduce legislation into
the Arkansas Legislature to recognize the Lost Cherokee in Arkansas. Met
with legislative committees in Little Rock about this bill. Obtained the
support and endorsement of University of Central Arkansas President Lu
Hardin where upon he sent a letter for us to the Department of Interior.
Harold and his Brother Bill provided the funding for production and
mailing of the Lost Cherokee Newsletter as well as paying for the
secretary for the office (Jennifer) for 2 years.
Harold Helton got the first scholarship established for the Lost
Cherokee people at the University of Central Arkansas.
Harold Helton was elected to a 3 year term on the Board of Directors of
the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association.
Harold Helton was appointed to the Lost Cherokee of Arkansas & Missouri
Council and was very instrumental in the writing of the Lost Cherokee
Constitution. He also traveled to Deere and Marshall Arkansas, and to
Sulphur, Antler, Poteau, Shawnee and Bristow Oklahoma so the Lost
Cherokee people could vote on the Constitution without having to come to
the office in Conway Arkansas to vote.