- Winthrop honored Helton in 1987 with the Kinard teaching award and in 2013 with the Medal of Honor in the Arts, which is the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ highest tribute.
- David Wohl, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, said that even though Helton was retired, he taught as an adjunct for the department and was in demand as a teacher of voice throughout the community.
Winthrop University, "Music Professor Jerry Helton Remembered for His Voice and Teaching Legacy" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 198.