Resident of the Month

 

Verna Honeycutt

 

             Verna LeRene Honeycutt was born on June 13, 1920 in East Jordan, Michigan to Vernon LeRoy & Edith Cyrena ("Rena") Clark. Verna was the oldest of eight children and was a big help for her mother taking care of her younger siblings.

 

             Verna’s love for music began at three years old when her father taught her the music scale on his tuba. She was playing violin at her grandfather’s church at 10 years old. By adulthood she could play numerous instruments. Her grandfather was a circuit rider and she enjoyed hearing stories about his adventures.

 

Verna and her siblings loved going to the Beekeepers Convention each year and they were always on the program to play their instruments at the convention. They called themselves the Honey Harmonizers.  Verna and four girls from her high school competed and won 1st chairs at the All-State High School Band Competition at Ann Arbor, Michigan. This was big news to have girls to win for that era.

 

She met the late Robert Lee Honeycutt at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Her children will say they met in jail, as they were doing evangelist work at Cook County Jail. They were instructed to stand away from bars or they might lose a wallet, and far enough away from the wall because of the roaches. Verna and Robert were married on April 14, 1943. They once traveled and rode on a Pullman train during WWII with the soldiers. A soldier gave up his seat for Verna, so she played her accordion for all the soldiers on the train, while Robert sat on the accordion case. Robert was a preacher and Verna played her instruments in all his churches across the country.

 

Verna had three children, the late James Honeycutt of Carthage, MO; Billy Jo Honeycutt of Lawton, OK; and Mary Wright of Emporia, KS. Verna has six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and making unique crafts for her family, and loved to travel with her youngest sister in their golden years. She looks forward to the visits from family and friends. 

 

Congratulation Verna for being chosen as

 

“Our Resident of the Month”                                        

 

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