Obituary for Rev John S Honeay

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Rev John S Honeay

July 10, 1925 - January 28, 2015

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 Information: 812-597-4670


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Born: July 10, 1925
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Brett Riddle posted on 1/1/00

Barb & Ed, Just wanted to pass along our condolences to you and the families with the passing of your father, John. We often find it difficult to understand during the loss of a loved one, but as you know, through time and prayer, the Lord will provide you with comfort. Brett & Rhonda Riddle


Stephen Wright posted on 1/1/00

Though it has been many years sense I was honored to get to spend time with Bro. John his influence has stayed with me through my life. It was a pleasure a few years ago to briefly see him at Smith Valley Baptist when they were preforming one of my musicals there. Bro. John helped me as a teenager see what a preacher needed to be if he was going to reach people for the Lord. Although I know he never knew what he did for me, and I regret never having met with him to tell him, I now want to say "Thank You John". Many will have to say good-bye to a dear friend, husband, father, grandfather, pastor. But from one saved brother to another let me say it this way, Bro. John, I'll see you in a little while. May the Lord comfort all of you at this time and I'll be praying for you this Sunday. Stephen Wright