Helen Mincey was born August 26, 1943, in Thomas County, Georgia, to Henry and Gladys Mincey. She was the youngest of four children. She grew up in a Christian home, attended Richland Baptist Church, and was a product of Thomas County Schools. She graduated Magnolia High School in Thomasville, Georgia. After graduating high school, Helen moved to New York and later to Atlanta, Georgia, where she gave birth to her son Kevin Mincey. Helen then returned to her hometown, where she met Larry Reynolds. After years of courting, the two blended their families: her son Kevin and his daughters Shonda and Rhonda. They moved to Donalsonville, built a home, and raised a family.
Helen’s work ethic and training led her to various employment opportunities in the hospitality/culinary food industry. She enjoyed preparing delicious foods and tasty desserts. It was her joy to always serve with a smile. Known to most as “The Sweet Tooth Lady”, Helen owned and operated Sweet Tooth Bakery for over 30 years, creating designer birthday and wedding cakes. After retiring, Helen worked several more years for Arlington Senior Life Enrichment Center, where she prepared hotmeals daily for the seniors in her community.
Helen’s Christian journey brought her to serve THE LORD and fulfill her commitment to service. She was an affiliate member of Live Oak African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her membership remained back home at Richland Baptist Church, where she would attend special events and worship services.
Helen was an avid advocate for animals. She never refused a cat or dog–rather it was gifted, given, or showed up on her doorstep. They were all given lots of love, and many of them were well known throughout Donalsonville.
On Thursday, September 8, 2022, in the comfort of her home, Helen made her transition from mortal life to eternal life. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Booker T. and Pearly Wilson; her parents Henry and Gladys Mincey; her siblings Lutiner Mincey, Sylvester Mincey and Josphine Talton (John); and other relatives.
Helen’s legacy will be cherished by her devoted partner of over 45 years Larry Reynolds; son Kevin Mincey; daughters Shonda Kimble (Alfonza) and Rhonda Battle (Danny): grandchildren Haylin Mincey, Seymone Barber, Ty’re Barber (Tiffany), Titus Barber, Kandace Battle and Ashleigh Battle; in-laws Maggie Mincey, Rev. Calvin Reynolds (Angelia) and Deloris Reynolds; special nieces Gloria Grier, Trelis Talton and Felicia Jones(Tony); great niece Teshia Mincey; and host of other family and friends.
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