A Life Lived: Wilma Honeycutt, to be a ‘nobody’ filled a lot of shoes

Published 10:24 am Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Someone has said that the only difference between everybody and nobody is all the shoes. Wilma Honeycutt filled a lot of shoes in her lifetime, but she never stood out nor wanted to. “She didn’t think of herself as someone important,” said Wilma’s daughter, Rachel Williams.
But, Wilma Honeycutt was a very talented person, who wore a lot of titles — important titles — in her lifetime: wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, and friend. “She was full of grace and beauty,” said Rachel.
A registered nurse, Wilma worked many years ago at the Franklin Clinic, but once she became a mother, she decided to stay home and be a full-time mother.
Wilma was married to J.C. Honeycutt, who had his own singing group — J.C. and Friends. And from time to time, Wilma was one of those friends. She enjoyed singing and often sang with the group when they visited nursing homes and had gatherings. She also sang in the church choir. “Among her favorite songs were Beulah Land and Amazing Grace,” said Rachel.
After her husband’s death, Wilma continued to visit the nursing homes and sing. She could also play the piano, but never played much in public.
Wilma was a long-time member of Hunter Memorial Baptist Church, but once the family moved to Watauga, she and her family began attending Pleasant Beach Baptist Church, where she attended until her health failed.
Wilma did a lot of gardening, canning, and cooking. “She enjoyed making desserts, and made good fried chicken. I remember when we we younger, it was nothing unusual for her to fry us chicken for breakfast,” said Rachel.
“She cooked for church class meetings and often during revivals she cooked a meal for the preachers,” Rachel shared.
“She loved her church. That was her family,” Rachel said.
In addition to cooking and singing, Wilma enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing word searches, and in her later years enjoyed watching westerns on TV. “She enjoyed being with family and doing things with them. She was a fun person,” said Rachel.
“She crocheted all her children and grandchildren an afghan and pillow, and she crocheted a number of baby sweaters and booties, which she gave as gifts,” Rachel shared.
In addition to Rachel, Wilma was the mother of two sons, Stephen and Andrew, and had seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
“Mom was a person who liked to dress up pretty. She didn’t make a lot of noise. She was real quiet, but she was a very giving and loving person. She was a good mother and grandmother, and was very faithful to her church. She was there every time the doors were open. She didn’t think of herself as being an important person, but she was to her family and friends,” said Rachel.
Wilma Honeycutt filed a lot of shoes and she was important to the people that mattered most in her life, and she filled the roles of mother and grandmother well.
Wilma died March 31 at the age of 87. Hers was a life well-lived.

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