The Rev. John S. Honeay, age 89 went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015 at the Indiana University Hospice House in Bloomington. He was a resident of Greenwood.
Rev. Honeay was born July 10, 1925, in Denver, Colorado to the late Alvin Francis and Mary Zella Honeay. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Joan (Barnes) Honeay on September 1, 1950 at the Unity Baptist Church in Brown County, Indiana who survives. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Law.
Rev. Honeay was a 1943 graduate of Monrovia High School. While still in high school the Lord called him to ministry and he was licensed to preach in 1942 and ordained in 1948. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a medic and after returning home attended Franklin College receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He completed his theological training at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, receiving a Master of Divinity Degree.
John and Joan raised four loving daughters: Barbara Ranard (Harvey) of Brown County, Rebecca Andrews (John) of Bloomington, Teresa Hall of Greenwood and Julie Miller (Tom) of Bowling Green. They were blessed with 12 grandchildren: Amy Blanton (Tim), Lori Haggard (Mike), Rene Jackson (Robert McKim), Andrea Jackson (Samantha Sweatman), Melissa Driskill (Aaron), Alicia Hall (Jeremy), Michael Hall (Kim), Todd Hall (Danielle), John Hall (Nedra Vaughn), Kellie Miller, Ginny Miller and Tony Miller (Daniella Modisett), as well as fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Rev. Honeay, an American Baptist Pastor, served as pastor of Bridgeton Baptist Church, New Washington Baptist Church, Liberty Center Baptist Church, Oakdale Baptist Church in Peru, IN, Spencer First Baptist Church, Smith Valley Baptist Church in Greenwood and Bunker Hill Baptist Church. He retired in 1986 due to illness and was a current member of Unity Baptist Church in Brown County, Indiana.
Pastor Honeay enjoyed reading his Bible and Theology books. He was an advocate for young people, serving as a Scout Master and church camp director for many years. He was loved and respected by all who had the privilege to have known him.
Chaplain H.E. Ranard (USN Ret) and the Rev. Lee Snider will conduct a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 1st at Unity Baptist Church, 7361 Spearsville Rd. in Brown County. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the church. Burial will be at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Rev. Honeay to the Unity Baptist Church (Church Camp Scholarships Fund), 7361 Spearsville Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160 or Gideons International, 560 Carter Ave, Indiana, PA 15701.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Honeay family at www.meredith-clark.com. Information: 812-597-4670