Patsy June (Unger) Honeycutt joined her Heavenly Father in the early hours of Wednesday, August 3, 2022, with a loving family by her side. Pat was a devout Christian and lived 90 years as a faithful servant of the Lord. There is no doubt that she was greeted at the doors with joy as she joined the family and friends who were waiting for her, especially the love of her life, Bill. She was born in Cabool, Missouri, the home of her grandparents on June 28, 1932, to Clias and Freda (Williams) Unger. She is predeceased by her parents, her stepfather, Otis Ice, and her sister, Carol Sue Unger.
Pat’s love for music and theater began when she was a little girl. As a freshman, she was named Majorette of the newly formed Cabool High School Drum Corps. Due to the illness of her sister Sue, the family moved west and Pat attended several years of school in Arizona before returning permanently to Cabool. She was active in band, choir, speech, debate, cheer club, and student council before graduating as a Salutatorian from the Class of 1950.
It was during her senior year that Pat became engaged to Joseph William “Bill” Honeycutt, Jr., and they were married on June 28, 1950, at Cabool Christian Church. A son, Michael William, was born in 1952, followed by a daughter, Sherryl Ann, in 1954. Looking after the home was no small feat, as Bill worked tirelessly to become a young businessman . Pat has been Bill’s “Rock” for 71 years of marriage and has provided him with the support necessary to develop and operate various business entities and farms. Bill believed in surrounding himself with the best people and it started at home with Patsy June! Their marriage was an incredible bond built on loyalty, love and dedication – an example for all of us to follow.
It’s safe to say that Pat’s cooking met no match. She was a master of classic meals like roasts and vegetable soup, but what really set her apart was her ability to whip up something on the fly. Anyone who entered her home was almost forced to eat, which turned into fellowship. Holiday traditions and family gatherings centered around Pat’s cooking and something that brought family and friends together year after year. Pat’s house often became a gathering place for the Cabool Bulldogs to have a pre-game meal. Feeding a team of high schoolers was no easy task, but she always made sure everyone left full. She loved to entertain, and her cooking had a way of relieving annoyances and providing the fuel needed to start or end the day.
Pat enjoyed reading, doing puzzles and travelling. She and Bill, along with their friends and family, have visited national parks from coast to coast. They also made year-round trips to land they own in the Dakotas, with most always staying longer than she wanted!
She was known as “Granny” by her grandsons and their wives, Brent (Nichole) and Drew (Sarah), but when three rowdy great-grandsons arrived – Briley, Griffin and Cooper, she is also became “My”. Any day, you might find her carrying paper crafts, playing pool, building block houses, or whatever else she could talk about. Gentle by nature, Ma would reluctantly referee many parlor wrestling matches. Although it’s not his favorite family activity, his watchful eye has allowed everyone to play on a level playing field. She was an amazing grandmother and always available to lend an ear or give advice, love or support. She led by example and usually never had to raise her voice, but to this day all her boys (and most of the neighborhood) know the meaning of her ear-piercing whistle…..go home!
Outside the home, Pat was very busy and involved in many civic organizations and activities. She was a trustee for several years at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, served for decades on the board of the Kabul Nursing Home, and spent her life volunteering for local blood drives. (If you are able, take the time to donate!) She took every opportunity to help any group or anyone in need.
His unwavering faith was impressive, to say the least. She loved teaching Sunday school, and Pat not only knew the scriptures, but she lived this. A great prayer warrior, knowing her meant you were consistently raised in prayer.
Pat will be remembered for his immeasurable love for the Lord, his family, his church and his community. Day after day, she puts the needs of everyone around her before her own. Her physical presence will be greatly missed here on Earth, but we can all be at peace knowing that she and Bill are together again.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Cabool First Baptist Church and services will follow at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in the Honeycutt Family Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool. , MB. Online condolences can be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cabool First Baptist Church, c/o the funeral home.