The Life of Helen J. Clopton
A Home Going Celebration
Helen Jeanette Clopton
On Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14th, 1937, God released one of his most precious love angels into the care of Claude and Emma E. Clopton. Last born unto their tribe of 7 children, was the sweet Helen Jeanette Clopton. She attended 'Trinity High School' in Decatur, GA and received her high school diploma in May, of 1955. Bred from a southern, traditional-hardworking family, with two older sisters’ (nurses) as her predecessors, nursing school was Helen's most natural next step. She ventured down the way to Macon, Ga in September, 1955 to 'Macon Hospital School of Medicine'. Also inclusive of her medical studies, was her Psychiatric training in Crownsville, MD in, 1957. While on educational journey; Jeanette (as she was so affectionately referred to by family and friends) decided to make a few more sisters' and pledged 'Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. In May of 1958, she reached the culmination of her nursing studies and graduated.
Helen J. was gainfully employed by September, of 1958, at 'Hughes Spaulding Hospital'. Here, she held her very first position as a Registered Nurse for seven years. Just two years into her career at Spaulding, she was awarded the "Nurse of the Year Award". Within 3 years of her 6 year stint, her tenacious work ethic and professional expertise gained fast recognition. She was promoted from Staff Nurse to Charge Nurse; and from CN to 'Evening Shift Supervisor', and held that position until she parted ways with Spaulding, in 1964.
The independent and equally ambitious, Helen J. Clopton took a leap of faith and her older sister Mary Emma’s advice, and ventured out west; to the sunny city of Los Angeles, California. She snagged her first California gig at 'Fox Hills Hospital', in Culver City, and became Charge Nurse in a matter of 18 months. After a mere 3 years into that role, she was promoted to 'Evening Shift Supervisor. This zealous young lady strived at that medical center for a span of 18 years. There she reached the pinnacle of her nursing career; where she reigned as 'The Director of Nurses' for ten years.
In Inglewood, California, Nana met her one true love; Jesus Christ! She and her sisters’ Vivian Christine, and Mary Emma, stumbled upon a fresh encounter with Christ at their home church ‘Greater Bethlehem Temple Church’. The Sanctified, Apostolic, Pentecostal way of life was refreshing to the sisters’ and they rededicated their lives to Christ. In the early 80’s, Helen Jeanette was baptized in Jesus’ name, and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. She served along-side her sisters on the Pastor’s Aid, and the Missionary Department for over 20 years, at GBTC.
In 1983, Helen was introduced to the beauty of Registry/Agency Nursing. She worked all over the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, and left her footprints in all the major hospitals. She worked in the Med-
Surge unit, Intensive Care, Geriatrics, Adult Psychiatric Health, and the Emergency ward. She also assisted cosmetic surgeons, in reconstructive procedures; in private Beverly Hills’ practices.
In 2002, Helen (Nana) Clopton relocated back to the south, and made a new home in Birmingham, (Hoover) Alabama; with her sister, and their clan. In their new city, Helen joined forces with 'ATC Nursing Agency' at the age of 65, and fell into the hearts of everyone at 'Cooper Greene Hospital'. In November, 2012; she culminated her 54 years of service, at Cooper Green Hospital. Many would agree that her work ethic was unprecedented. She would often say, she could and would "out-work" a 30 year old, any day. And she did do so, very frequently. Nana also used to say, “While these young girls’ would be around the hospital complaining about working a double; I'd be thanking and praising God for the ability to work a double!” In November, 2013, Helen J. was awarded the ‘Legends’ in White Award’, by the Black Nurses Association. This was the highlight of her professional career. Nana’s kindness and generosity extended far beyond her family circle, and started long before she started raising kids. She had the heart of a humanitarian, and was a staple inside the lives of several. Nana was everyone’s favorite aunt, everybody’s best friend, a God Mother to a few, and a friend to many. She was a confidant; the ultimate secret keeper, and most importantly, a true child of God, Almighty. Her heart was undoubtedly one of God’s most precious works, and the love that overflowed from it; was of the purest form. Unconditional, unwavering, and sugary sweet! What you were to us Nana, the world could never fully understand. It would take the depths of The Seven Seas, to truly compile our hearts sentiments; when in thought of you. You were the ultimate gift of Love, a precious gem. We love and miss you greatly Nana, and no space or time will ever fill the void you leave behind. But until the day we meet again, Rest in sweet Heavenly peace.
Helen is preceded in death by her father and mother Claude and Emma Clopton, brothers; Claude, and Tom, and sisters; Francis (Snook), Margaret (Sista), and Mary Emma,
She leaves behind to cherish her legacy, her last surviving sibling; Vivian Christine Jackson; three goddaughters, Christina Haynes, Gina Miller, and Cheryl Lee; Nephews, Randy, Frederick, Kenneth, Timothy, Houston, Claude Jr, Clifford, Nieces; Barbara, Betty, Renee, Linda, Sharon, and Andrea.
The tribe she helped raise (great nieces and nephews); Jovonny, Je’Don, Jemarr, Jade’, Jordan, Jayce, and Je’Lon Holloway.
The Dixon girls (great nieces); Brittney, Brionie, Brandi, and Brielle Dixon.
Great Nephews; Michael, Douglas, Devron, Cartier, DaVonte, Dwayne, Delaney, and Zephania, Great Neices; Kelly, Deanna and Diamond.
Great, Great Nephews; Mekai, JeKobe, and KaCen. And Great, Great nice; Sanayia.
Cousins; Mary Francis, Clarence, Gary, and Joyce
Close friends to the family; Gloria Norris, Denetra Wellman and family, The Riddle Family, Ms.Kim&family
Bishop Winston L. Singleton and family. The ‘Greater Bethlehem Temple Church’ family, of Inglewood, CA.