Obituary for Mrs. Dorothy J. "Joan" Honeay

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Mrs. Dorothy J. "Joan" Honeay

November 25, 1925 - May 2, 2018

Dorothy “Joan” (Barnes) Honeay, age 92, passed away Wednesday morning, May 2, 2018 at her home in Greenwood. She was a former resident of Brown County.

Joan was born November 25, 1925, in Helmsburg, to the late Demaree and Hazel C. (Jones) Barnes. She married John S. Honeay on September 1, 1950 at the Unity Baptist Church in Brown County.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 2015 after 64 loving and devoted years of marriage.

Joan was a 1944 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went to work as a Secretary for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis for six years. Joan and her husband served in ministry for American Baptist Churches for over 50 years at New Washington Baptist Church, Liberty Center Baptist Church, Oakdale Baptist Church in Peru, Spencer First Baptist Church, Smith Valley Baptist Church in Greenwood and Bunker Hill Baptist Church. She was an enthusiastic pastor’s wife, serving her church family through her piano ministry & teaching Sunday school.

Joan had excellent homemaker skills that included crocheting, embroidery & vegetable gardening. Her persimmon pudding was a favorite treat at family gatherings.  Joan enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and reading mystery novels.

Joan has been a member of Unity Baptist Church in Brown County since 1941, and a former member of the Helmsburg Order of the Eastern Star & various homemaker clubs.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Barbara (Harvey) Ranard of Brown County, Rebecca, (John) Andrews of Bloomington, Teresa Hall of Greenwood and Julie (Tom) Miller of Bowling Green; grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Blanton, Lori (Michael) Haggard, Rene Jackson, Andrea (Samantha) Sweatman, Melissa (Aaron) Driskell, Alicia Hall, Michael (Kimberly) Hall, Todd (Danielle) Hall, John (Nedra) Hall, Kellie Miller, Ginny (Jason) Althoff and Tony (Dani) Miller; great grandchildren, Samuel, Gabe and Joanna Rumsey, Timothy (Karen) Woodard, Daniel Blanton, Seth and Mahayla Hall, Brianna White, Ella and Addison Driskill, Jaylynn Hall, Ava and Owen Miller, Jaden and Justin Althoff; great-great grandchildren, Mark and Nora Woodard.

Joan was preceded in death by siblings, Leona Kelso, Mary Mayhew, Bertha Barnes, Dalton Barnes and Maurice Barnes.

Chaplain H.E. Ranard (USN Ret.) and the Rev. Lee Snider will conduct a funeral service on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Joan to the Unity Baptist Church, 7391 Spearsville Rd, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be made to the Honeay family at

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 2:30 pm

Unity Baptist Church


7361 Spearsville Road, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: November 25, 1925
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Rick Ranard posted on 5/6/18

God Bless the family and friends of Joan. thoughts and prayers from Rick Ranard and family.


Brett Riddle posted on 5/4/18

We are sorry to hear of your loss. May you all find comfort in the many fond memories you each have, and the blessing that she is now in the loving arms of God. We pray you each find peace knowing that every soul she encountered here on Earth found her to be a special lady. Our Love Brett & Rhonda Riddle and Family


Jim & Vicki Frazo posted on 5/3/18

Barb, Becky, Teresa, Julie & all family...sending our support & prayers from a thousand miles away. Sorry Jim & I can't be there. We loved your Mom. Such a sweet, gracious, beautiful, loving soul. God bless each & everyone of you. Love & hugs from both of us.


Rene Christine Jackson posted on 5/2/18

Grandma Honeay was a specia person in my life that was there for me when I was hurting.


Mary Martin posted on 5/2/18

I'm so heartbroken to hear of the passing of my Aunt Joan. She was truly a beautiful soul who spent her whole life devoted to the Lord and her family. My love goes to her girls, Barbara, Becky, Teresa and Julie. And to Teresa, thank you so much for taking such good care of my sweet aunt. You have been an angel. I know she's happy now because she's with Uncle John again. All my love. Mary Jean